Tammster1 PRO 2:23pm, 2 September 2009
Let's post our ideas for future meet-ups here. This way we can get good feedback in advance of any real planning.

If everyone posts a few different ideas, we'll have a few years worth of monthly meet-ups! Then, about a month prior to the next meeting, the person who had the idea can do some advanced research on hours of operation, admission costs, parking, restrictions, etc and kind of set it up.

Do you guys think we can try to be sort of standard and do the 3rd Saturday each month? Maybe we can do some at night if a lot of people prefer that? Also, my goal is to spread this around PB County so some people don't end up doing all of the driving.

I'll start -
1. Morikami Museum -
2. Flagler Museum -
From the Flagler Museum's website: "While photography for personal use is permitted, flash photography, tripods, and photography for publication are not allowed with out a permit from the Museum's Public Affairs Office."
jmbocki PRO 9 years ago
The American Orchid Society (AOS) Orchid Center is right next door to Morikami. Admission is $10 for the greenhouse and garden. I love shooting there.
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
Can non-members get in if they go with a member? I know this place isn't open to the public anymore.
jmbocki PRO 9 years ago
The web site says admission is $10, so I am assuming the public is welcome. Members get in for free.

In the Spring they announced they would be closing the center in June and would reopen when the economy improved. However, they held a fund raiser to pay for keeping it open, and I think they decided not to close it. I'll call and verify.
Egriss 9 years ago
I've verified that it is open to the public for an admission fee of $10.
Egriss Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Egriss (admin) 9 years ago
We have the opportunity to hold our October photo walk at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday the 17th or Sunday the 18th.

We will be permitted to enter some of the cages. Some of the animals will be brought out for us to photograph up close. There is a $15.00 cash donation per person paid to the Busch representative the morning of the photo walk.

The Sanctuary is closed to the public on Sunday and open to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday. They would prefer our visit on Sunday; Saturday will work but keep in mind that it may not be possible to bring out as many animals on Saturday.

Please let me know if you would like to take part in the opportunity and which day you prefer by SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13th. The date will be determined by majority.

Minimum attendees 15.
Maximum attendees 20.
No shorts.
Must wear covered shoes.
Donation must be in cash.

The current order of notification between flickr and facebooks for the Busch Photo Walk is: Art, Tammy, Sunny, Dina, Denie, Julianne, Nikki, Jim, Christine, Barbara, Michael, Eddie and Stephanie.

We only need 2 more people to meet the minimum. Many of you have said that you can get additional people so I will schedule the photo walk with Busch tomorrow for Sunday October 18th.
Sunquinn 9 years ago
Sunday would be fine with me!
:-) Sunny
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
That will work great! I'm very excited.
jmbocki PRO 9 years ago
Count me in. It's on my calendar already. If we need more people to meet the minimum, I'll see if Michael Rosenbaum would like to join us. He volunteers at Loxahatchee NWR on Sundays, so he may not be able to do it. Do you think we will have enough participants?
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
I have mentioned this to a few others also. At worse some of us can drag our spouses along!
jmbocki PRO 9 years ago
I mentioned this to Michael Rosenbaum, and he is interested in joining us. He is the man we met briefly at Green Cay. If you'd like to see some of his bird photography, his Flickr ID is michaelrosenbaum. I'm sending him a link to this thread. Art, please add him to our list. Thanks.
Stephen Grasso PRO 9 years ago
Ok.... I thought about this one on the way to work yesterday.... Sunsets at Port Mayaca Locks
Stephen Grasso PRO 9 years ago
cswan2 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by cswan2 (member) 9 years ago
I like the idea of Port Mayaca! Here's another I'll throw out there, the Palm Beach "Lake Trail." It's free, centrally located, and could be a destination for early morning or early evening (sunset shots).

There's no official website but I found this information online & it describes it pretty well. Make sure to scroll down to the second item on this page for information on the Lake Trail. This page also has lots of other good ideas for meet-ups. I like the MacArthur State Park & Singer Island trail as well. Thoughts?
cswan2 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by cswan2 (member) 9 years ago
Well here's another idea and it's FREE (they do ask for a $5 suggested donation)… Mounts Botanical Gardens. Mounts is centrally located on Military Trail just across from PBI airport. Here's a link (they have a great website).
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
Great idea Christine! I think we have a good 4-5 months of ideas already! I'm really looking forward to Busch in a few weeks.

I also think we should consider a zoo... Lion Country or Palm Beach... one of these months.
nikcos 9 years ago
I think it would be fun to shoot at least one of the Green Markets. The one in Abacoa has started but the larger ones - Gardens and WPB - start in the next few weeks; . I know some vendors and will get information on permission for this.
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
I really like the idea of going to the green market! Plus we'll be downtown and can wander around if we want to.

We will soon need to decide when & where for November. I'll take a look at the calendar (not sure what weekend Thanksgiving is) this coming week and we can at least set a date.

So, at this time, here are potential ideas (not all have been researched yet):
1. Morikami Museum
2. American Orchid Society (next door to Morikami)
3. Flagler Museum
4. Port Mayaca Locks (sunset)
5. Palm Beach "Lake Trail."
6. MacArthur State Park
7. Singer Island trail
8. Mounts Botanical Gardens
9. Lion Country Safari
10. Palm Beach Zoo
11. Green markets

I think they're all fantastic ideas. This is almost a year of get togethers! Since the cool weather is almost here, these destinations will all be so pleasant. I'd like to re-visit Green Cay and/or Wakodahatchee Wetlands in the "winter" too.

So... who wants to take the bull by the horns & plan the November meet up??
denie01 9 years ago
Hello every1...well I suggested Vizcaya in Miami for our next walk; unfortunately, they close at 4:30pm & I was hoping for more of an evening of it (due to the fact that Miami is a bit of a drive & has comes to life at night) I looked into Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens - located in Delray, its beautiful, open from 10am-5pm and the cost is $12 unless we have 15 in our group, then it's $11... The tenative date is Sat Nov 28th (after Thanksgiving). Please post you response...
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
Denise, I'm all for going there but we generally do the 3rd weekend of the month (the week before thanksgiving).

I think Morkikami would be PERFECT this time of year. Did you mention that we were a bunch of photographers?
jmbocki PRO 9 years ago
Oh, lets not do it on the Thanksgiving weekend. Too much else happening.

And for those who like to photograph flowers, remember the Orchid Center ($10 admission) is right next door to Morikami.
Show-Off Graphics 9 years ago
just tell me when and where to show up, only this is I will be out of town the weekend of November 21st so if it is then I will have to miss it and I REALLY don't want to miss any!
Show-Off Graphics 9 years ago
I am gathering a head count for Deni to make the reservations - so far I have for both walks and lunch 12 people - let me know if you are NOT on this list and plan to attend:

Denise, Dina, Tammy, Julianne, Christine, Art plus one guest, Steve Berger and Jay, Nikki, Steve Grasso and guest.

In the future we should have 1 location where people say if they are going or not, it was really confusing figuring this out between flickr and facebook messages!
Yo Spiff PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Yo Spiff (member) 9 years ago
Hi, I'm an online friend of Tammy's in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I was just curious how the meetup group was going and noticed this discussion. Hope you don't mind if I suggest some meetups our group has done that have been popular. You certainly have similar counterparts to these things.

-Renaissance festival:
Flower spirit (by Yo Spiff) Arrrrr! (by Yo Spiff)

An (extremely) eclectic antique shop:
Venus on the boardwalk (by Yo Spiff) A woman's work is never done (by Yo Spiff) Smile for the camera! (by Yo Spiff)

DC-3 (by Yo Spiff) Hornet (by Yo Spiff)

-Believe it or not, an auto junkyard was one of our more popular meetups.
Rocket? (by Yo Spiff) Lining up the LOWWW shot (by Yo Spiff)

-And just this past weekend we were the "press corps" covering a WWII reenactment.
Rushing into the battle (by Yo Spiff) The 1st D.A.M Combat Photography group captures the enemy (by Yo Spiff)

Hope some of these ideas were useful.
Tammster1 PRO 9 years ago
Thanks Steve! We'll keep this stuff in mind. I really think people appreicate this kind of creativity in locations.

By the way, from now on I will only post meetup info on the group.
dabirk2 8 years ago
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