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

    • July 20, 2018
    • 7:00 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 July 20th 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 may be using to discover the habitat of over two hundred bird species. One is located just south of Palmer Blvd. and the second is off of Raymond Rd.  We will meet in the parking lot off of Palmer Blvd next to the Audubon Center at 6:45am. Remember to bring your club's name tag.  You will also be signing a release waiver form.  A tripod 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.

    • August 18, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • University of Tampa/Skyline of Tampa
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    Our first  stop will be  Hall on the University of Tampa.  This building was formally the Tampa Bay Hotel.  Built between 1888 and 1891, the hotel was designed to surpass all other grand winter resorts. At a cost of $3 million, the 511-room giant rose to a flamboyant height of five stories, surrounded by ornate Victorian gingerbread and topped by Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas.On Aug. 2, 1933, Tampa Junior College was transformed into The University of Tampa when its headquarters moved from the local high school to what is now known as Plant Hall.  Leading the new institution was Frederic H. Spaulding, the former principal of Hillsborough High School and the man who had been the motivating force behind establishing the first local university for Tampa’s high school graduates. 

    After exploring inside and outside of Plant Hall, we will stroll through Plant Park and finish at the Tampa River taking pictures of the Tampa Skyline at sunset.  For those that are interested, we will meet after the field trip at Four Green Fields (Irish Bar & Grille) located close to campus for a light bite and drinks.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062).  Remember to bring your club's name tag.  You will also be signing a release waiver form. 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. 


    • September 24, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Fort De Soto Park
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    SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIP FORT DE SOTO PARK

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    Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water's edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

    The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

    Come join us for a 5:00pm start at the park.  For those who would like to carpool, we will be meeting at the LWR Town Hall at 4:00pm.  Please be aware that there are several tolls to get to this park.  Meeting place at the park TBD. We will be able to photography birds and landscapes and finish with sunset pictures. The sunset will be at 7:24 pm. Remember to bring your club's name tag.  You will also be signing a release waiver form.  A tripod is recommended however you can still capture phenomenal pictures just with your camera and a steady hand.

    For those who are interested in a late dinner, we will be making arrangements. Details to follow.

    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.   

     Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St Petersburg, FL 33715  map with major roads

    From Bradenton / Sarasota 
    Take I-275 north. Take exit 17 onto Pinellas Bayway/FL 682 west. 
    After 3 miles turn left onto Pinellas Bayway (FL 679). Go 6.6 miles to park. 

    Park Entry Fee: $5/Car


    • October 30, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Myakka River State Park
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    OCTOBER FIELD TRIP MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

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    Prior to 1850, the Myakka River was the Asternal River on English maps. A Seminole Indian reportedly told a surveyor in the 1850's that the name of the river was "Myakka". The translation of the word Myakka, is unknown. Between the 1850's and the 1930's, cattle grazed on dry prairie, a vast land of grasses, forbs, palmetto and other low shrubs with thousands of scattered wetlands. In 1910, Bertha Palmer, a progressive business woman from Chicago, came to Sarasota and bought a vast amount of land. Meadow Sweet Pastures which was located very near the Myakka River was one of her purchases. (Visit Ranch House Road inside the park for more information about the Palmers). In 1918, Mrs. Palmer passed away. In the 1930's, during the Great Depression, over 17,000 acres of the Palmer estate was purchased by the government to develop Myakka River State Park as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. The New Deal was intended to boost the economy and spirit of the American population during these dark years. More than 5 million young men around the country were employed to help preserve our natural areas. This employment allowed them to earn money to send home to their families. Myakka is one of 8 Florida State Parks developed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the 1930's. When the United States entered World War 2, the CCC was disbanded as all efforts were needed for the war. Myakka River State Park was formally dedicated in 1941 and was officially opened for the public. Many of the CCC structures built in Myakka are still used today. 

    We will meet at the Myakka River State Park Entrance off of SR 72 (Clark Road) at 8:00 am right past the Park Ranger's guard gate. Address is  13208 SR 72, Sarasota, FL. 34241. For those interested in carpooling, we will meet at the LWR Townhall at 7:15am.  The fee to enter the park is $6 per vehicle (2-8 people).  Please remember to bring your club's name tag.  We will also be signing the club's waiver form.  We will climb to top of the tree line on the canopy walkway, view alligators from the bridge and view birds from the bird walk.  There should also be stops along the way to view the stunning landscapes.

    For those interested, we will arrange a place to eat a late breakfast, early lunch.  Details TBD.

    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.   


    • November 18, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • November Field Trip Medieval Fair in Sarasota
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    NOVEMBER FIELD TRIP MEDIEVAL FAIR IN SARASOTA

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    Shows-Graphic.jpgThe Medieval Fair in Sarasota will provide endless photo opportunities of people dressed in costumes as well as music, stage shows, tournament games and loads of activities.  We will meet at the festival's main entrance at 2:00pm.  Tickets will be $16.95 plus tax for seniors 55+ and $18.95 plus tax for the general public.  Parking is free.  More details will follow when the 2018 schedule of events are posted.  Several club members have highly recommended this event for a field trip. We are looking forward to the multitude of photography shots that will be available to us around every corner of the fair grounds.

    For those that are interested, we will make arrangements to meet for dinner close to the fairgrounds after our field trip.

    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.  

     Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds

    3000 Ringling Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34237

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Past events

June 06, 2018 June/May Field Trip Dean & Luna Guitars
April 28, 2018 Robinson Preserve April Field Trip
March 28, 2018 March Field Trip
February 25, 2018 February Field Trip
January 30, 2018 January Field Trip
December 01, 2017 December Field Trip, Ringling Museum
October 17, 2017 Horse Farm
June 24, 2017 June Field Trip - Florida Polytechnic University
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