Field Trips: Don’t Miss Out!

We have a wide range of field trips planned for the next few months. They are in the Calendar, but you will find a summary here in this post. For questions, or to express interest, please see the final paragraph!

  February 15th: United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333

Meet at the entrance at 10am.  If you want to arrive before the conservatory opens there are plenty of things to photograph outside, in Bartholdi park and the capital wading pool area.  Tripods are permitted Gene has 4 tripod passes for the group but you may also be able to get one by stopping at the desk or calling ahead of time.  Orchids will be the main focus and Sue McPherson will bring blurred background sheets to put behind the orchids to block the bad backgrounds.  A technique learned from Tony Sweet.  Check out his website tutorial videos.

March 16th    Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin
We will meet in front of the paddle boat kiosk on the tidal basin at 6:30 am. Sunrise is at 7:18 am. If the blossoms are not ready we will photograph the monuments around the area at sunrise.

April 5th:   Guided trip to Richmond by Andy Sentipal and an optional Eagle tour.

Meet at 5:00am There will be two meeting places to car pool. Manassas City Hall or Route 234 near Stockbridge, Montclair. The optional eagle tour cost is $50.00 and must be paid in advance.  There is a limit of 6 on each tour.  If we have more interest we can book two tours one in the morning and one in the late afternoon.  If you prefer to leave on Friday meet us at the state capital at 7:30 am.  Then we will proceed to Maymont.  We will have a late lunch or you can pack your lunch. Then off to the eagle tour or continue photographing at Maymont. If there is an interest some night photography and or dinner before heading home. This will be a very long day but due to a large convention in town this weekend hotels are scarce and very expensive.

I also wanted to try to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens but just not possible in one day.  However looking on their website they are having a flower photography workshop on the following weekend.  April 11,12,and 13th.  Check it out.  I have already registered.

May 16, 17, and 18thGuided tour of St. Michaels and the Easton area. We will be shooting sunrises, sunsets, working boats in out of the way harbors, and access to private farms and locations. Also early access into the Marine Museum. This is a great opportunity to have access to places you could not go on your own.  The guide has increased his fee so I need at least ten people to go at a cost of $50.00. The hotel information is the Comfort Inn in Easton, MD.  8523 Ocean Gateway Easton,MD, US, 21601. I am working on a group rate.  We will leave on Friday May 16th at noon and arrive in time for a sunset outing.  Car pool meetup Route 234 near Stockbridge, Montclair. If you can’t make it on Friday just meet us at the hotel at 5:am on Saturday.  We will also do an early morning shoot on Sunday before heading home.

June 6,7,8th  Big Meadow Shenandoah National Park:  Fawns.

We will meet at Manassas City Hall at 1:00pm to car pool to Big Meadow Lodge.  You must make your own reservations through the National Parks website.  Please make your reservations early. We will arrive in time to check in at 3:00pm and then head to the meadow for an evening shoot.   Early morning shoot on Saturday in the Meadow and mid-day small hikes to a waterfall or other trail.  Sunday am checkout very early to get to an overlook to shoot a sunrise.  Then stop for breakfast on the way home.


If you would like to participate in any of these field trips please send an email to  We need to book the eagle tour as soon as possible so don’t hesitate to let us know if you are going.

If you have any suggestions for field trips next year or if you know a location and would like to lead a field trip please don’t hesitate to let us know.