Submitted by Alexa Coupland on Mon, 2016-03-14 16:17
Event Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 08:45 to 12:30
Organizer: Alexa Coupland
Event Description: This will be a morning event to visit Rock Glen Conservation Area. We will be photographing the waterfalls and river bed. There will be an opportunity to learn different camera setting to get different effects of moving water.
You will need to bring a camera with a wide angle lens and a tripod. If you have a neutral density filter or an ultraviolet filter, you should bring them.
I highly recommend that you wear sturdy footwear as there are steep steps to the base of the waterfall. It is very rocky at the bottom of the waterfall and you must be extremely careful as it is slippery.
Friday is currently predicted to be sunny and cool. I believe that the sun will light the falls in the morning. Perhaps there will be rainbows.
The park is closed but we will be able to park there and pay at the "Pay Box". The person I spoke to said she thought it was a $4 fee per person. She also said that there are privvies.
We will meet just north of highway 402 at Maundamin Road at 8:45am. We will be at Rock Glen by 9:30. I think that 2 hours will be sufficient time and we will return to our meeting place near Sarnia by 12:30.
Looks like the Tundra Swans are beginning to make it to Aylmer and the tape at the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area says that there should be a lot of them in the next two weeks.
Since it is best to shoot there later in the afternoon, and I wanted to also do a trip to the Pinafore Park for a long time, I thought we could meet at the Tim Horton's on London Road across from McDonald's at 9 am on March 13th> I will hand out information about our trip as well as maps etc. . We can carpool and the ones who aren't driving can leave their cars at the parking lot across from TD Canada Trust (the old Zeller's plaza - by the Giant Tiger but closer to the road)
According to the Weather network we are supposed to have great weather. Sunny and high of 9 degrees Celsius or more..
Things you may want to bring:
Warm clothes just in case
gloves just in case
wide angle lens
any other lens you would like to have.there may be some macro opportunity at the Pinafore Park.
We will get to Pinafore Park at approximately 10:30am. I don't know if anyone has been there before, but there are some very interesting things to take photos of. Here is a link to take a look at. Please also look at the photo gallery.
At around 12:30pm or so, we will drive to Cravings for lunch. It is only about 15 minutes from the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area where the Tundra Swans are...here is a link to the menu.
After lunch we will drive to photograph the swans.
Here is a link to their site as well:
We should be back around 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns please message me or call me at 519-466-2512.
Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibit is open until March 20th. I am planning this event to take place on Tuesday March 8th. If there is inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for March 10th or March 11th.
Entrance cost is $24 for adults, $20.50 for seniors. After speaking with someone at the ROM, it appears that weekdays are best and most of the school groups have left by 1:30 pm. The school groups are not likely interested in the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibit. So we could start with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and then split up to tour the sections of the Museum that interest each of us. I was told that we can take photos in the museum as long as we don't use flash.
There are free tours of the rest of the museum led by trained volunteer Docents. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes long. Tour capacity is limited. The tours are different each day. Here is a sample. 11:00 am – Museum Highlights 12:00 pm – Rome and the Roman Empire 1:00 pm – ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture 2:00 pm – Museum Highlights 3:00 pm – Ancient Greece 11:00 am – Museum Highlights 12:00 pm – China 1:00 pm – East Asia Gallery 2:00 pm – Museum Highlights 3:00 pm – Ancient Egypt. The March tours are not posted yet.
It will take approximately 3 hours to get to Toronto. Meet at Bright's Grove Shoppers Drug Mart at 8:00 am. Arrive at the ROM at 11:00 am after a stop at Tim's on the highway. There is a cafeteria at the ROM. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizza are available. A full lunch will cost approximately $15 to $20. There is a brown bag lunch area on Level B1 by the School Group Entrance. When we arrive, we will ask one of the Representatives to direct us to the brown bag lunch area upon arrival. I recommend bringing your lunch or picking it up at Tim's on the way to Toronto.
Driving and parking costs will be significant so we should car pool to have the best value.
The ROM closes at 4:30 pm on weekdays. I recommend that we have dinner in Toronto and then drive home after rush hour. I noticed a place called Cibo Wine Bar that is 5 minutes walk from the ROM. The menu is mostly Italian food and looks reasonable priced. If anyone has other suggestions, please comment on this page or send me a private message. I expect to leave Toronto by 7:00 pm and arrive back in Sarnia at approximately 10:00 pm.
Sorry for the two separate emails but I have just got a confirmation on a second outing which is the Stones and Bones Museum on March 6, 2016 from 10 am to noon.
We have been there before and it was an amazing outing, with so many different things in there.
They just ask that we don't use flash but tripods are fine. Normally it is slow on the Sundays, so we should be able to have the place to ourselves pretty well
After we are done there, we can go and have a lunch at the Ups and Downs.
I am putting this outing on our events page on the website, you can either register on there or email me back to let me know. I will need to confirm about the numbers both for the museum and for Ups and Downs, so please let me know as soon as possible. I will also have a sign up sheet at the meeting on Tuesday.