Field Trips

Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge


**IMPORTANT UPDATE**

Very important change about the photo walk tomorrow. The Gorge level is too high to walk to the falls, but they are still doing a hike along the upper rim.

Waterfalls can be seen in the distance with good scenic views. This hike is 2 hours long and lasts from 10-12. A ranger will lead the hike.

Everyone is now going on their own. We will NOT be meeting as a group!

You still would need to make your reservation with them. 706-754-7981. At this time, there may or may not be enough people to do the walk. You will have to contact them.

Field Trip: Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge

Date/Time:  Saturday June 16, 2008, 8:00am-2:00pm

Address:  205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607-1011

Reservations:  (706) 754-7981

Cost: $5/person

Information:

Please read all very carefully!! This is rescheduled from our rained out trip. This is a **Tallulah Gorge** sponsored hike, but several of us are planning to go and thought a few more of you may like to join us. Space is limited so please call (706) 754-7981 to reserve your spot today. We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center at 8 a.m. to carpool up.

We will drive to Tallulah Gorge State Park, check in by 9:30, and get in a few shots until the hike starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to walk to the base of Tempesta falls. This area is not normally open to the public. This is a short but strenuous hike which consists of going down 310 stairs, getting off the beaten trail to hike down steep embankments and along the river to the base of Tempesta falls. There is a $5 per a person cost. Parking is also $5. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring snacks and lots of water. Children must be 10 or older, no pets.

Officially the hike ends at 12, but we may decide to stick around and spend time shooting in the vicinity afterward. We’ll coordinate those details in the parking lot the morning of with everyone who attends so we can arrange carpools according to what time people want to return. (If you need to return at a precise time, you may wish to drive or coordinate with a driver beforehand.)

Bring a sack lunch!

Gibbs Gardens Photo Walk

Date: Saturday, April 28 at 7 AM – 7 PM

Location: Gibbs Gardens 1987 Gibbs Dr. Ball Ground, Georgia 30107

Organizer: Judy Royal Glenn

We are planning on spending the day shooting at Gibbs Garden. We will carpool there.

Meet in the parking lot in front of the Rite Aid in the Homewood Shopping Center at 7:00 AM. The Garden is open from 9-5. We will stay till 5:00, so drive separately if you need to leave earlier.

We will shoot individually and meet for lunch within the Garden then meet back for departure at 5:00 at exit.

Arbor Cafe is within the Garden. Sandwiches are $7.50 and include chicken salad, roasted turkey, chicken wrap or honey or feat & cucumber on a honey oat bread. They also have salads, snack, and drinks. Here is the link to the Cafe: https://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/arbor-cafe-menu/

Their rules state no outside food or drinks please (except water).

Tickets are $20 per person ages 18-64 years old. Seniors 65+ are $18 per person.

We will stop to get dinner on the way home, so please bring $ for food.

Sign up at the meeting on Thursday, April 19 or send a PM to Judy Royal Glenn on Facebook with your cell number so she will know you are coming.

This event is weather permitting, and it would be great to know who is planning on coming in case we need to cancel. Judy can send you a text at 6:00 AM that morning to let you know if the event is still on if rain is in the forecast.

A few extra notes via their website:

“No staged photography is permitted, whether personal or professional. Examples include engagement or senior class pictures, etc., photos that involve posing and/or changes of clothing. Monopods and tripods are welcome as you snap photos while strolling the Gardens. However, professional photography equipment, such as reflectors, is not permitted.
Drones are not permitted in the Gardens.”

Can’t wait…..see you then:)

Waterfalls, Sunset, and Astro Photography

Photo Walk: Waterfalls, Sunset, and Astro Photography
Date: November 4th–5th
NEW TIME: Leaving the Epps Bridge Kroger parking lot at 10:00 AM. Meet at the far side of the Kroger parking lot adjacent to the cigar shop (5 Points Cigar Shop and Lounge on the other end of the Larry’s Giant Subs building). It’s probably best to drive a few cars.
****We will not get back to Athens until approximately 3:15 AM
Location: Highlands/Cashiers area – North Carolina
Agenda: We will photograph several waterfalls in the Highlands area then photograph the sunset at sunset rock in Highlands. We will have dinner in Highlands then travel to Cashiers to photograph the Milky Way at Silver Run Falls (Silver Run Rd, Cashiers, NC 28717)
Note: the Milky Way is best around midnight so we will be back super late.
*****For those who can’t come all day, you can meet us at Sunset rock. Sunset is 6:36 PM. Ravenel Park Road, 35.04687, -83.18714, Highlands, NC.
*****Or you can drive your own car and do as much or as little as you want.
*****You must sign an APG waiver to participate.
*****For more information see APG’s Facebook Page

Hummingbird Trail Walk

A Hummingbird Trail Walk will take place Saturday, August 19, from 8-10 am at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. During the first hour, Judy Glenn will guide you through the Hummingbird Trail to find where the hummingbirds feed and perch throughout the Garden. The second hour will be for you to independently view and photograph the hummingbirds. Judy will be available during this time for help/questions.

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet in the parking lot near the outside restroom.

What to bring: Please dress for the hot weather, bring comfortable shoes, hat, water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, photography gear and/or binoculars: camera, several batteries (if you have them), your longest lens, SD card(s), tripod (if desired), and a lot of patience.

Details: You must have signed the waiver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have APG field trip forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet. Hummingbird trail maps will be provided.

If there is a threat of rain that day, you can text Judy at 706-340-7161 after 7:00 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

Hummingbird Trail Walk

A Hummingbird Trail Walk will be led by Judy Glen on Saturday, August 19th from 8-10 a.m. More details will be provided in the August APG newsletter.

Berry College Eagles and Deer

Judy Glen will lead a field trip to Berry College near Rome, Georgia, on April 15 to photograph the famous family of bald eagles nesting near the lake at sunrise, as well as deer that frequent the grounds. Plan to meet up at the Epps Bridge Kroger parking lot by 4:30AM to form car pools. We will return to Athens some time in the afternoon.

Frost Flowers Photo Walk

When: Tuesday, January 10, from 7:45-@10 a.m. You can leave when you want!

Why: To photograph beautiful frost flowers. Frost flowers form when the sap inside the white crownbeard plant push through and freeze which forms beautiful ribbons of ice. Temps need to be well below freezing with the right amount of rain.

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet at the powerline parking lot. View map on their website if you don’t know where this is. Click “visit” then “click here to download our garden map (.pdf)”.

What to bring: Please dress for the very cold weather. It will be 24 degrees that morning. Dress in many layers! Bring your photography gear: camera, several batteries (if you have them), a macro lens if you have one, SD card(s), tripod (if desired). I use a beanbag to steady my camera and a kneeling pad for my knees to keep them from getting wet and cold.

Details: You must have signed the waver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet.

If there is a threat of rain that morning, send Judy Glenn a personal message on Facebook at 6:45 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

Panther Creek Photo Walk

Panther Creek Falls is on most lists of Georgia “must see” waterfalls, so we’re going to spend a day hiking the trail and visiting the 4 waterfalls en route, on a day that’s close to the anticipated peak foliage season (though that’s always a bit of a gamble). We’ll meet up Friday October 28 at 7:15 a.m. in the Sandy Creek Nature Center Parking lot and drive up (about 1:20 each way; the PC parking lot fills up by 10), then spend the day hiking. The trail is described as “moderate” and good hiking shoes are recommended. You’ll want to bring lots of water and a lunch, since the trail is 7.8 miles round trip… it will be less intense than hiking straight through since we’ll stop to take pictures along the way 🙂 , but it *is* still a long hike.

If you drive up separately, look on Google Maps for “Panther Creek Trailhead
Old Historic U.S.441, Clarkesville, GA 30523”
NOT “Panther Creek Falls” or “Panther Creek Trail” – that’s something else an extra 2 hours further away 🙂 You’ll want to start at this trailhead unless you’re a gutsy hiker (there’s a trailhead near Yonah Dam that’s shorter but more difficult and for experienced hikers only)… and after you pass THIS rock, http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/panther-creek-recreation-area-clarkesville?select=_jH7-U36AgiS4BnEmoiqIg you should watch for a split in the trail and stay to the left (going uphill) rather than turning right (downhill).

Please check the APG Facebook Page for last minute updates or discussion about the walk.

Hummingbird Trail Photo Walk

Hummingbird Trail Photo Walk at the Botanical Gardens
When: Saturday, July 16, from 8-10 a.m. During the first hour, Judy will guide you through the Hummingbird Trail to find where the hummingbirds feed and perch throughout the Garden.The second hour will be for you to independently view and photograph the hummingbirds.
Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet in the parking lot near the outside restroom.
What to bring: Please dress for the hot weather, bring comfortable shoes, hat, water, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, photography gear and/or binoculars: camera, several batteries (if you have them), your longest lens, SD card(s), tripod (if desired), and a lot of patience.
Details: You must have signed the waver on your APG membership form to attend. Judy will have forms for you to sign if you have not signed one yet.
If there is a threat of rain that day, send Judy a personal message on Facebook between 7:00-7:15 a.m. that morning, and she can let you know if the event is still on.

April Field Trip to Gibbs Garden

We are planning on spending the day shooting at Gibbs Garden on Saturday, April 2. We will carpool there, shoot individually and meet for lunch within the Garden or meet back at departure.

Meet in the parking lot in front of Harry’s Pig Shop at 7:15AM (2425 Jefferson Rd , Athens GA 30607). The Garden is open from 9-5. We don’t have to stay till 5 but will shoot well past lunch.

Arbor Cafe is within the Garden. Sandwiches are $7.89 and include chicken salad, roasted turkey pimento cheese or honey ham and swiss. They also have a few salads, snack and drinks. Here is the link for the Cafe: http://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/arbor-cafe-menu/

Their rules state no outside food or drinks please (except water). Tickets are $20 per person ages18-64 years old. Seniors 65+ are $18 per person.

Sign up at the meeting on Thursday, March 17 or send a PM to Judy Royal Glenn from the APG Facebook event page with your cell number so she will know you are coming.

This event is weather permitting, and it would be great to know who is planning on coming in case we need to cancel.