Category Archives: Field Trips

Macro Field Trip, Saturday, June 23, 2018

It’s that time again – Macro field trip to our gardens.
Date: June 23; Time: 3:00 pm
Rain date: June 24.

You will have a plethora of plants and flowers to photograph – we have over 450 species of plants around our house – native and ornamental perennials, bushes. There will be lots of insects in the garden, posing to have their picture taken – some of them are not that welcome (black flies and mosquitoes), so you might want to bring your favourite insect repellent – we’ll have Off!, just in case…

Although the start time is set to 3:00 pm, if you want to, you can come as early as 1:00 pm to become familiar with the plants. The introduction and a slideshow will start at 3:00 pm. There is no official end-time, you can shoot until your ISO, flash or the mosquitoes will let you do that 😉

Bring your camera, macro lens and macro accessories for the field trip. If you think you will need a tripod, bring it as well. When I am shooting macro in our garden, I rarely use a tripod, since it can make the focusing harder if there is some breeze or worse, some stronger wind.

Please let me know if you are planning to come. As we get closer to the date, I’ll send out more information and the directions to our place.

Please bring a signed waiver with you as well – you can download the waiver from our web site.

See you at our place at 3:00 pm on June 23!

Happy shooting,

Field Trip: Warblers and other Songbirds Photography
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Warblers and other Songbirds
Photography Field Trip

Leader: Terry Boswell
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 8am to noonish
Location: Meet at the front gate at 8am
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park
4775 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon

The park does not open until May 14th so we will meet at the gate. Parking is limited at the gate so you may need to park on the side of the main road with all tires off the pavement to avoid a ticket. If, by chance, the park opens earlier, follow the road to a parking lot on the left next to a grassy area with picnic tables. It is 1km from the gate to the park and approximately 1.5km loop around the park. The total distance, with a few side trails, will be about 5km. The main trails are easy but some may be muddy.


  • appropriate footwear for wet trails
  • rain gear unless, of course, there is 0% chance of rain
  • water, snacks/lunch
  • longest lens you can carry – at least 200mm but more is better
  • binoculars, if you have them
  • PGNS Field Trip Waiver Form

Warblers and songbirds are not always easy to photograph as they rarely sit still. Hopefully, the leaves will not be fully out, allowing us better views of the birds. There is no rain date. If significant rain is forecast for the 12th, an email will be sent out on the 11th to cancel.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Pam Mills

Field Trip 3: Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area (Provincial Crown land)
Susie’s Lake Trail – Huckleberry Bush Shoot:
Saturday Oct 7. Rain date – Sunday Oct 8. Time 10:00 to app.12:30.

Color: The timing should be right for the huckleberries and blueberries leaves to be beautifully red. The trail can be rough walking in a few places, about 30-45 minutes in. Our destination is a beautiful high rock outcropping called Flagpole Hill at Susie’s lake that has a great view. Wear hiking boots or watertight boots if there has been a heavy rain previous to that date. The trail is rugged in places; there are a couple of ridges, and a steep climb to get up on the big rock for the view of Susie’s Lake from Flagpole Hill.

Meet in the parking lot at Kent Building Supply in Bayer’s Lake Business Park. Drive to the right side of Kent Building Supplies close to the outside lumber/stone storage yard to meet with Bob and Wendy.

Bob McDonald will describe the trail and what they expect to find and when you arrive at Susie’s Lake. He will further describe the area in some detail.

Bob and Wendy would much appreciate copies of some of your images which may be uploaded to the “Halifax North West Trails” Facebook page to illustrate this new park area. Any images so used will be fully credited. If you are interested, images can be sent to

Don’t forget to bring a field trip waiver.

Leaders: Bob and Wendy McDonald (902-443-5051).