road_less_trvled 6:13pm, 22 February 2008
Just thought I would kick off a discussion on a possible meet-up in March. Post any suggestions here. My wife and I are flexible. Historic or abandoned are preferable, but scenic is nice also. Any quaint town like Jim Thorpe...or the Delaware Canal...we have probably been everywhere, so lets see what we can come up with!

Have a great day and stay safe.
protective impulse [deleted] 10 years ago
Sounds like a great idea. I will give it some more thought, but may be a State Park; like Ridley Creek. I have not been there, but it claims to have historic buildings and nature. Just the first thing that came to mind, but I am also open to anywhere.
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ridleycreek.aspx
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bashful rings [deleted] 10 years ago
There was a lot of discussion about Springton Manor farm at the last meetup. Ridley Creek looks nice but probably better in the spring or summer. I would also love to do Grounds for Sculpture if anyone is up for a drive to NJ.

Easter is on the 23rd so we can either do the first couple of weekends or wait until the 30th.
Actually, Ridley Creek won't be any different than Springton Manor Farm this time of year. Everywhere you go, it's going to be void of color and foliage. It's a great time of year for simplistic landscapes and B/W with emphasis on light and textures. If you get to Ridley early enough in the morning, Sycamore Dam provides a great opportunity for long exposures.
I'm up for anywhere :-)
dcsaint 10 years ago
I would like to suggest "St. Peter's Village" off Route 23 west of Route 100, but I would wait until later in the Spring.
sssmithphoto 10 years ago
I'll try to come up with some places in the next couple of days. I have been to Ridley Creek many times as it is 5 minutes from my house. It is a good place to go. There are a lot of old houses there. Some are occupied. Some are park facilities. There is a really good one that is in my photos in the set "Ruins at the Creek". I think I have some other pictures from there that I haven't posted. I would say the majority have only fragments remaining. I am sure there are more back in the woods that I have not even seen.
nostalgic box [deleted] 10 years ago
I'm ok with any of the ideas. If we're looking for color, we could try Longwood Gardens. They have some crocuses blooming early spring (maybe by late March) and if not, there is always the conservatory. I go to Springton Manor Farm somewhat frequently, but am willing to go. Ridley Creek could be interesting as well, I wouldn't have thought of going there to shoot. I'll try to think of other places.
sssmithphoto 10 years ago
At some point I would like to go to Eastern State but it doesnt have to be this time. I've been there for their haunted house but never went just to check the place out and take pictures.
pshorten PRO 10 years ago
I like all of these suggestions. I'm going to be gone in the beggining of March but will be back by the end - don't schedule around me but when we're voting on weekends I'd preferr the end of the month. I'd drive to NJ to see the Grounds for Sculpture, love Longwood Gardens and agree with others that Ridley, St, Peters Village and Springton, nice now, would be better in the spring. I'm game for anything, enjoyed everyones company last time.
bardgabbard 10 years ago
I'm up for anywhere and since I've only lived here for a couple of years I don't have much to offer up for suggestions. I would advise waiting until April for Longwood to get the spring blooms. Also - I went to Eastern State last August to photograph and it was a splendid venue. I would suggest waiting until more constant sunny days are available since it's pretty low lighting and tripods are a must even with the sun.

Perhaps we could include a bridge or covered bridge site as a part of the next meetup? I know there's a number of covered bridges in this region and they usually make for nice structure, color and perspective regardless of the time of year.
road_less_trvled 10 years ago
I was at Ridley yesterday. It was lovely with the ice (which is gone now), but not terribly accessible. The Colonial Plantation was closed but there were alot of hikers at the Barren Road / Old Sycamore Mills Rd entrance.

St Peters offers some color (as in buildings), history, scenery (as in the rocks and the falls).

I agree, Eastern State is an intersting suggestion. It is on my list of sites I havent documented inside.

Longwood Gardens sounds like a good April or May site as it is gorgeous in the spring.

We have never been to Springton Manor, so I defer to Jim and others as to weather it would be a suitable venue in March.


Sounds like some great choices so far!
nostalgic box [deleted] 10 years ago
Springton Manor is possible. Some may want to wait for trees to have leaves, but I think there is still enough to shoot. There is a barn, a couple other buildings, farm animals, and a trail that goes along a stream. To get an idea of what is there, feel free to look through some of the pictures in the Springton Manor Farm group - www.flickr.com/groups/575691@N21/

I'm actually up for anything as long as I'm available. Currently, I'm not available 3/16 and maybe 3/22 and 3/23.
road_less_trvled 10 years ago
March 29, or 30th might make a nice early-spring weekend and fit Pat's schedule as well. Anything suggested do far strike your interest, Maria?
sssmithphoto 10 years ago
Jim Thorpe was mentioned but what I didnt realize is that it is very close to Centralia and Hickory Run State Park. Im not sure if Hickory Run would be a good place to take pictures but its a cool place to go camping. It does have a few creeks, a lake, and boulder field. I think there is also another park a few miles north of Hickory Run that has some nice waterfalls. I would have to do a little research though because I don't recall the name.
Raises eyebrow...did someone say....waterfalls??
protective impulse [deleted] 10 years ago
Here ya go "No_clever_names_left":
waterfalls.nature.st/Pennsylvania/penn-southeast.html
This site has names and links to help locate.
wildcanoersteve 10 years ago
Ramondskill and Dingmans Falls up at Delaware Water Gap are pretty nice.

Steve
protective impulse [deleted] 10 years ago
Just posted this in “Abandoned”; but might serve as potential meet-ups as well. Just some food for thought.
forgottenpa.blogspot.com/
Meester Steve 10 years ago
Looks like a cool idea for a site (kind of like the Weird series). Too bad so many of the pictures suck.
protective impulse [deleted] 10 years ago
Was only suggesting some of the sites these two guys have located as potential sites for future meet-ups. I am not familair with these places / locations (being a newbie to area), but thought it provided some ideas for new places to explore (at least for me).
Hey thanks for the link Joe!
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bashful rings [deleted] 10 years ago
Springton or St. Peter's sounds interesting. Unless a lot of people are available the weekend of 8 and 9 March, I would prefer to wait until the end of the month after Easter, unless everyone wants to have an Easter bunny shoot at my house (not that the buns would be thrilled with that).
sssmithphoto 10 years ago
That link has some places that look really interesting.
I think the week after Easter would be a good one Maria, at least it works for me. Hopefully, we can catch March going out like a lamb wherever we wind up. :^)
nondescript apparel [deleted] 10 years ago
Longwood Gardens is having an orchid extravaganza now through March 31st. Most indoor gardens will have orchids in them.
bardgabbard 10 years ago
It sounds like the 29th might be a good date. I was wondering what you, Maria, and others thought so. (I'd like to get a date nailed down so I can block it off on my calendar and make arrangements.) As for vanue, I'm up and open to any of the suggestions mentioned above.

Hope we can get something set. I would love to meet the people behind some fantastic photos I've seen in your streams.
protective impulse [deleted] 10 years ago
As of today, March 29, 2008 is open for me.
sssmithphoto 10 years ago
As far as I know I am free that day too.
nostalgic box [deleted] 10 years ago
March 29 sounds good, how about Longwood Gardens, Springton Manor Farm, or Ridley Creek. I'm thinking Longwood might be nice by end of March.
dcsaint 10 years ago
March 29th sounds good to me too.
saboa56 10 years ago
i would love to meet up with everyone, march 29 sounds good, let me know where
nondescript apparel [deleted] 10 years ago
My guess is that it will still be too early for most outdoor things to be going at Longwood. As I mentioned, they have a nice indoor orchid exhibit through March 31 (in addition to their normal orchid room). We were there this past weekend:
Orchids[?]

They have also finished their indoor children's garden, which is a lot of fun even for big kids like me =).

I love the place and am always happy to go back, but I would also enjoy one of these other locations, most of which I've never been to before.
protective impulse [deleted] Posted 10 years ago. Edited by protective impulse (member) 10 years ago
I tend to agree with Eric. The conservatory has a lot to offer, but we may want to do Longwood in April or May. Just received a brochure from Longwood and they are touting April & May as the beginning of outdoor blossoms. There is also a Kite Festival at Longwood on the weekend of April 12 & 13, 2008.
As with everyone else, I am open to anywhere the group wants to meet. Even Longwood Gardens, since I usually go every other weekend; it is on my “routine” list any way.
bardgabbard 10 years ago
Ridley Creek or Springton Manor Farm both sound interesting Jim. My preference is to wait for Longwood until April or May, but I'm a go with the flow kinda gal, so whatever everyone decides works for me!
bardgabbard 10 years ago
Happy Easter to those celebrating the holiday and Happy beginning of Sping to everyone! Thought I would pop in and see if there is interest for this next weekend still. I know I'm up and would be happy to help organize. Being that I've only lived her a few years I am not as familiar with the area so I have some lmited input to offer. Anyone have a feeling for getting together this coming weekend and what a good venue would be? Maria - I know you're the moderator, but don't want to completely burden you. Let me know if I can help with getting something together.

FYI predicted forecast for next Saturday: 56 degrees and possible showers but who knows what it will be when we get clsoer to the weekend.
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bashful rings [deleted] 10 years ago
I think a lot of people are in for Saturday, 29 March. Let's try Springton Manor Farm. Can't guarantee I can go due to a family illness situation but plan away.
Last minute change of plans for me :^ ( I won't make next Saturday due to a Photography Club showing that day. Bummer! I'll keep posted on upcoming events and I'm sure I'll make another one soon.
Wish i could join you.. but i gotta fly out to california to shoot a wedding. Ill think of all you when its 80 there and im in a polo shirt clicking away =)
You do that Jarett....with any luck you'll be needing your rain gear :-)
nostalgic box [deleted] 10 years ago
I should be able to make Saturday... and Maria says Springton Manor. They open at 8am. Do we want to meet in the am?

Some of you know, but I have started a group for Springton Manor Farm. Feel free to check out the current pics and add any of your own.
www.flickr.com/groups/575691@N21/

Jim
nostalgic box [deleted] 10 years ago
I apologize, but I am now unable to make it Saturday morning. It doesn't seem like there was much interest anyway.

Jim
magazione 10 years ago
It will prob rain this weekend... Plus I think it might be better to meet in April. (new)
donr 10 years ago
(hi, I'm new to the group)

March is past but has the group done a West Chester photo walk? There are some interesting sights, including weekly war protests at the courthouse on Saturdays (at least every time I drive by), the beautiful old courthouse, an old church, and quaint shops/bars, etc. If there's a way to get into the refurbished court #1 it would be a treat. That's doubtful though. Getting into St. Agnes might be more do-able, pending events/weddings/etc.

There is/was a ton of construction building a new courthouse structure (I think) over on the west side of town. This would be street/city photography, not scenics or landscapes. West Chester University is close as well, maybe a half mile walk from the center of town, they have some neat buildings.

Are there any West Chester flickr folks here or any interest in doing this? I work nearby but I'm no West Chester expert by any means.

I've got three little ones, so my timing is a mess but you never know...
pshorten PRO 10 years ago
I'm a West Chester-ite and would love to do a walk thru town...we should choose a day and see how many others want to come along.
bardgabbard 10 years ago
Would love to come along if the day is right. I'll check back and see if you come up with a date.
Sharkey M. 10 years ago
I'd be up for West Chester. But it would probably be good to start a new thread to get input--this one is for March.
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