Cypress Wetlands

We’ll meet up to carpool to Cypress Wetlands in Port Royal. We can have a late lunch and then enjoy the birds at the wetlands.

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Triangle Franks Water Garden Creations

Frank’s Water Garden Creation is a long time favorite of the Triangle. A beautiful variety of water plants, dragon flies and a potential green frog or two.

There will be a sign in Frank’s front yard so that you don’t miss the entrance.
We ask for a minimum donation of $5.00. You are welcome to donate more.

For those who are comfortable and wish to join us, we will go to lunch afterwards at the Cleveland Draft House, 6101 NC-42, Garner.
Contact Lois Makoid for any questions: (919)749-7106

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The NC Zoo

The NC Zoo is nestled on 2,600 wooded acres centrally located in the heart of North Carolina, just south of Asheboro in Randolph County. With 500 developed acres, it is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. May 21st is a Quiet Day at the North Carolina Zoo, as they offer a more sensory-friendly experience and invite all that are looking to visit the Zoo on a less crowded day. They will not allow reservations for large groups or field trips on these Quiet Days. They will also turn off all loud music and messaging at our entrances and throughout the Zoo.
Schedule:
– Park at the Africa Parking Lot
– 9:00 AM meet at the AFRICA sign before crossing the bridge (For a group photo)
– 11:30 AM Lunch: @ Junction Springs
– Continue shooting after lunch.
– Zoo closes at 5:00 PM
Cost: Adult $15 / Senior or Military $13
Tickets maybe purchased online to save time at the entrance.

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2024 Witherspoon Rose Garden

It’s time to come smell the roses! Witherspoon Rose Garden on 4800 Garrett Rd in Durham is a nursery and garden exclusively focused on roses. The variety is amazing. The next wave of bloom is due in mid-June.

Lunch to follow at 11:30 AM at Foster’s Market at 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham.

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Triangle Jordan Lake Boat Tour

Jordan Lake Boat Tour (south end)
• Limited to 8 participants.
• Saturday, May 11th.
• Leader is Sheila Tayrose at 919-491-9962.
• Limited to 8 participants. Costs $40 (+$5 non-seniors)
• Check-in at 7:45 AM for a 8:00 AM departure.
• The official address is 935 Jordan Lake Dam Rd. Moncure.
• That is the intersection with Moncure School Rd, so go north on it to the Poe’s Ridge Boat Ramp’s parking lot.
• There is a parking payment station to pay $5. But, if you have proof that you are a senior (e.g. AARP, Medicare, National Park Senior card) bypass it and leave your card on the dash.
• Keep right entering the lot, then after the U turn, park in the double vehicle spots. If you recognize a fellow participant’s vehicle, you might park behind them.
• Grab your hat and gear, including a long lens, and take the woods trail on the southwest/left side to the square dock.
• Drinks and chips are provided on the pontoon boat.
• Be prepared to pay $40 in cash (and a tip is desired).
• Our captain is David Griffin at David@goldenshiner.com, phone no. 919-741-3800. http://www.jordanlaketours.com
• The boat lives at 8 AM and returns about 10 AM.
• Captain David is very knowledgable of photography and birding. He will know where the birds are, and their species.

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Triangle Outing to Plant Delights

I have walls covered with photos from Plant Delights and Juniper Level Botanical Gardens, at 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh (just over a mile south of Ten-Ten Rd). They open at 9:00 AM on limited weekends, and we may beat the crowds on a Friday. Let’s meet shortly after 9 AM on the grassy patch in the intersection between the green houses and the house. We can do a group shot. We can meet back there at 11:15 AM for a caravan to the Cleveland Draft House at 6101 NC-42 W in Garner, with lunch at 11:30 AM. Registration is optional, but preferred.

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Moore Botanical Garden

Cathy Therrell will lead the outing to Moore Botanical Garden near Lake City SC. The garden is owned by Darla Moore, she has a full horticultural team doing research and selling plants to the community twice per year. We will arrive when the gardens open at 8:30am, spend a ew hours shooting and then to go Lake City for lunch, shopping and looking to see what is new in the art world. Lake City is a unique art town.

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Swan LakeIris Garden

Swan Lake and Iris Garden
There are about 7 different swans, the cygnets should be hatched and iris maybe in bloom. Pack a lunch and we can eat at the picnic grounds before heading back to Charleston

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Falls Lake – west side Photo Outing

We will meet in the parking lot of the Pizza Mia Grill on Cheek Road that is about a mile or so from the lake. From there we can drive separately or carpool to 2 different nearby sites that will provide us with some nice photo opportunities.
Expect to see: Various shoreline landscapes including Cypress trees, boats and fisher-men/women, Cormorants and Herons, the Swallows may be building nests under the Cheek Road Bridge, there may be sightings of Eagles, Osprey, Kingfisher, Warblers, Shore birds, etc. etc. It will be your own choice for lens selection of what you want to concentrate on. A macro for details, or a wide angle for the landscapes, or a telephoto for Herons and other birds we expect to see.
Meet at: Pizza Mia Grill Parking Lot (temporarily closed) – 5801 Cheek Rd. Durham 27704
Please be there before 8:00 am, and we will leave promptly by 8:05 or 8:10 at the latest.
Stop 1 – The Mountain to Sea Trail where a section of boardwalk crosses the lake.
Stop 2 – Hike the shore line near the Cheek Road Bridge. I will just wear hiking boots, but if it rains the day before I will probably wear rubber boots because of mud. Rubber boots will allow for interesting shots and close-ups of cypress trees in the shallow water. This is not on a maintained trail, so shorts are not recommended. Depending on the lake level, we may be walking around brush and briars and need to step over fallen trees.
Lunch: The grill is temporarily closed, but may open by the time of the event. TBD
Option 2: (If grill is not open) Las Palmas Mexican, 3801 Wake Forest Hwy #114, Durham, NC 27703
Frank’s contact info for any questions: Frank Clemmensen, 919-625-4889
Email: fgc.photos@gmail.com

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Eastern Carolina April Outing – Tryon Palace Garden Lovers Weekend

The weekend of April 12-14 is Spring Garden Lovers Weekend at Tryon Palace. With more than 21 acres of beautiful colonial revival gardens, you’ll be able to photograph a variety of blooming plants, including tulips, irises, and more.

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