photo walk

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:

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:)

September News

Upcoming Contests & Events

  • Lickskillet: Have the opportunity to sell your photos at this Lyndon House Sponsored Event. Saturday, October 24 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. More info at the meeting.
  • Chuck Murphy’s show, Nature, Illustrated, is still up at the State Botanical Gardens.

Upcoming photo walks:

  • Saturday, Sept 19 – We’ll be heading to a place that’s basically a ghost town about a 30-45 minute drive from Athens, Bostwick GA, for a mix of “rural” and “street” images. We’ll meet at the Wal-Mart on Epps Bridge at 7:30 a.m. and then head out together.
  • Sunday Nov 1 – 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. We’ll meet at 7 a.m. in the Sandy Creek Nature Center Parking lot and drive up (about 1:20 each way), 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 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.
  • Guild member Steve Binkley and a couple of friends are hosting a star party at Young Road Observatory October 5th through the 14th, and you are invited. Since the weather is too unpredictable to specify a particular night, you may come any night that is convenient for you and the weather looks promising. Please contact Steve the afternoon of the day you wish to come to get directions if necessary and verify that there are no problems for that night.
    The observatory is located about a mile off highway 78 just over 20 miles from the Athens bypass. If you wish to check the location on Google maps or a satellite view, Steve’s address is 181 Young Road, Rayle. Please note that the address is 6 or 7 miles east of Lexington in Oglethorpe county and not in Rayle (Wilkes county). Steve may be contacted at or 706-743-3682. Contact him any time if you have questions about the event. Bring your camera and try your hand at photographing the night sky. There’s plenty of room in the observing field and AC power is available. The observatory 14″ scope will also be operating for visual observing.

Upcoming Photo Walk

Where: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Meet at the parking lot near the restrooms.

When: Saturday, June 20th from 9am-11am.

Why: To photograph the hummingbirds on the Hummingbird Trail

What to bring: comfortable shoes, camera or binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray, water, patience
Lead by: Judy Glenn. The Hummingbird Trail was researched and designed by Judy as she pursued photographing the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Garden. The trail now has 20 specific markers where Judy has found hummers coming to plants for nectar or resting in trees.