Category Archives: Field Trips

Field Trip 9: Macro Photography
Saturday, June 18, 2022 3:00 PM

This year’s Macro Photography Field Trip is at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 18th June.
Location: the gardens around our home in the Fall River area.

There are plenty of reasons for attending this field trip:

  • This will be this season’s last PGNS field trip
  • 2022 is the Year of the Garden in Canada
  • June 18, 2022 is the National Garden Day
  • June 18 is recognized as Garden Day in HRM as a legacy of Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022
  • “Gardens in HRM” is the theme of this year’s HRM Trophy competition.

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.

I will need the signed Field Trip Waiver e-mailed me the day before the field trip. Here is the link to the waiver. I prefer the emailed copy to save some trees, but if your preference is different, you can print out the waiver and bring it with you. Please do not forget about this, as you would not be able to join the group without this waiver. 
If you do not feel well for any reason, please do not attend the field trip.

The weather forecast shows it’ll be cloudy, 18 degrees with some chances of rain. Optimal for macro shooting. It’ll be an exciting afternoon, you will have an acre of gardens for practicing your macro or close-up photography skills. We have the front yard flower garden, moss garden, rock gardens, woodland. Many of the 67 rhododendron bushes are still flowering. We have lots of other flowering plants and in total you have over 450 species of plants to choose from, not to mention all those ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders and other insects – especially mosquitoes, if you shoot in the woodland area…

If you have not been at our place here are a few pictures. These images were taken earlier this week: backyard, front yard, Azalea flower, rhododendron stigma macro, Iris, Thyme macro
, Geranium flower macro.

Please bring your camera, macro lens, extension tubes, flash, reflector, and tripod. Do not worry if you don’t have a macro lens – there are plenty of larger subjects to shoot…

Although the start time is set to 3:00 pm, if you want to, you can come as early as 1:00 pm. 
We will keep shooting until your time, the darkness or the mosquitoes will chase you away.
I would suggest to posting some of the images to our PGNS Flickr group (Flickr account is free). Darryl will need one or two of your images for our website gallery.

Hope to see you here!

Field Trip 7: Valley
Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:00 AM

Meeting at 11 am at Gaspereau Valley Fibres farm and wool shop at: 830 Gaspereau River Road. Please park in behind the barn. Masks are required in the shop. Website

At 1 p m proceeding to the Irving Botanical Gardens, Woodland Trail and Environmental Centre at Acadia University at 32 University Avenue in Wolfville. Parking is metered at $1.50 per hour. Masks are recommended in the Centre. The Gardens welcome picnics so I plan to pack a lunch. Alternatively, Wolfville has many restaurants. Website

At 3 p m proceeding to the Tangled Garden at 11827 Nova Scotia Trunk 1 in Grand Pre. There is a $10.00 admission fee to access the gardens and grounds. Please use the parking lot behind the Gardens. ( Turn on to Lower Grand Pre Road just east of the Gardens and at the stop sign at Lower Post Road, turn left up the hill. Website

We are planning to wrap up at about 5 p m. (Although the shop closes at 5 p m, folks are welcome to stay longer in the Gardens if they wish.)

Please do not attend the Field Trip if you are not feeling well.

Field Trip Waivers (from our website) are required for participants. Please email me a Waiver or bring a hard copy along on the day. Thank you.

A packed lunch, water, some cash, waterproof footwear, insect repellant and sunscreen may be useful. A refresher on ticks can be found here.

If the field trip is canceled due to poor weather, an email notice via our Guild Google Group Email will be sent by 8 p m on Friday, June 3rd. If weather on Sunday the 5th is favorable, we will proceed with one change to the itinerary. As the farm and wool shop are closed on Sunday, we would meet instead at the Blomidon Inn at 11 a m at 195 Main Street in Wolfville to explore their Gardens. Website

Please contact me if you have any questions.