Category Archives: Field Trips

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).

Macro Photography Field Trip, Saturday, September 16, 2017

With the Wine & Cheese night last Wednesday, the summer is officially over and we started the Guild’s 2017-18 season.

Our second field trip of the season is the Macro Photography Field Trip at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 16th September. Location: the gardens around our home in the Fall River area.

Please send me an e-mail if you are planning to come. I will send my home address and directions to you upon receiving your e-mail. This field trip will be limited to our PGNS membership only.

The weather forecast shows 19 degrees with partially cloudy sky. Light overcast is perfect for macro shooting, so the weather looks promising.

It’ll be an exciting afternoon, with some introduction to macro shooting, the tools, and techniques. Then we will have an acre of gardens to practice on. This includes the following different gardening styles: front yard flower garden, moss garden, rock gardens, woodland. Although the peak of the garden over, you will have a plethora of subjects for your enjoyment. We have dozens of species of plants flowering and in total you have over 450 species of plants to choose from, not to mention all those ants, bees, grasshoppers, spiders and other insects…

If you have not been at our place here are a few pictures. These images were taken just a few days ago: image1, image2, image3, image4, image5, image6

You can see more images from our garden using this link to the album:
Our Garden 2017, Our Garden 2016
or if you prefer viewing them in a slideshow, follow this link, then click on the full screen icon in the right bottom corner.

Here is an image of the backyard, I captured it in the morning just after sunrise. This is only part of the gardens – there are lots of plants to shoot in the front yard, in the most garden, on the west side garden and in the woodland area as well.

Please bring your camera, macro lens, extension tubes, flash, reflector and tripod.

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 ProShow show will be at 3:00 pm, then we will keep shooting until your time, or the darkness will chase you away.

I would suggest to posting some of the images to our PGNS Flickr group (Flickr account is free). I promise you, I will comment on all of the images you post from the macro field trip.

Hope to see you here!