Monthly Club Field Trips


Our club offers monthly field trips to exciting photographic venues on the Florida Sun Coast. These field trips provide a great opportunity to expand your photographic skills by having members helping members increase their photographic skills. These events have produced lasting friendships between members. Field trips are for Members Only.

Upcoming Field Trips

    • March 29, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Celery Fields


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    For those birding enthusiasts or those who would like to learn more about bird photography, the field trip group will be going to the Celery Fields in Sarasota on March 29th, Friday, for an early morning adventure. Built in the 1990's on a former agricultural site, Celery Fields is one of southwestern Florida’s premiere bird watching locations. It’s featured on the Great Florida Birding Trail and has a checklist of more than 220 species. More than 200,000 aquatic plants and trees have been planted, and 100 acres of wetlands have been restored.

    There are two boardwalks our group will be using to discover the habitat of over two hundred bird species. The main boardwalk is located just south of Palmer Blvd. and the second boardwalk is off of Raymond Rd.  We will meet at 7:20 am at the Raymond Boardwalk right off of Raymond Road. Please park off the road on the grass near to the boardwalk.  Remember to bring your club's name tag.   A tripod and long lens is recommended however you can still capture phenomenal pictures just with your camera and a steady hand.  Dale Dombrowski, a club member, will be our guide and our mentor for those that would like to know the many species of the birds and for camera instruction.

    After the field trip, please join us for a late breakfast at First Watch located at 5354 Fruitville Rd #4, Sarasota, FL 34232. 

    If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062).  For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out.  If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.

    You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.      

    Directions to the Celery Fields

    From I-75 take Exit 210, Fruitville Road east. Make right at Coburn Road light and follow road as it curves past the Fruitville Library. The Celery Fields will be on your left; Ackerman Lake will be on your right. To get to the parking lot, proceed about .5 mile south from Ackerman Lake and make a left onto Palmer Boulevard. After about .3 mile, make a left into the  parking lot, which also has public restrooms.

    • June 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Poly Tech
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    FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

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    Image result for poly tech florida picturesThe Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building is Florida Poly’s flagship building and the main classroom and laboratory building. The 162,000-square-foot, white-domed building is a moveable and functional work of art.

    The building includes a system of 94 louvered arms that raise and lower throughout the day providing passive lighting inside the second-floor atrium. The louvers track the sun above a glass roof.

    The oval-shaped building is ringed by curved metal pergolas that shade its outer terrace and walkways.

    The IST building houses:

    • 26 classrooms
    • Aula Magna auditorium
    • faculty and administrative offices
    • 11,000-square-foot Saddle Creek Logistics Commons
    • seven innovation labs–including a 3D printing lab, cybersecurity lab, and health informatics lab–where students are able to get hands-on experience with the latest technology.
    • Mosaic Café

    The building was the inspiration for the university’s logo which was created in 2017.

    Florida Polytechnical University is a state university located in Lakeland. You might have seen it in passing while driving on I-4.   It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.  The building includes 94 robotic louvers on the roof that move to accommodate changing sunlight patterns.

    Originally it was part of the University of South Florida. Then it was designated as an independent university. It is the states only public polytechnic university.

    We will be shooting there while the campus is on a summer break on Friday, June 28.  People who want to carpool can meet at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall to leave at 7:45 am. We will shoot from 9:00 to about 11:00. Lunch plans TBD.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Bobbie at (813-690-5062). For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out.  If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.

    You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    Please check your email prior to leaving if there is inclement weather.

    Address is 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL., 33805     


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