Saturday, January 14, 2012

Photo safari January 22 (sign up now!), and a nature walk's rave review

A photo safari in the GTM Reserve (also known as the  GTM NERR) is an intriguing iea on its own, but when it comes under the leadership of Craig O'Neal, you know you don't want to pass it up. Thanks to Diana Eissing, the author of the original email announcement!

A One of a Kind Photo Safari Through the Guana Reserve
Go on a one-of-a-kind photo safari through Guana Reserve's rich and varied natural resources. Led by expert local photographers, this three-hour tour is designed for advanced beginner and intermediate photographers who are ready to discover new places and new skills.  Join Craig O'Neal, GTM Research Reserve Volunteer and master naturalist whose photos appear each week in The Florida Times-Union, and Joe Hunt, an award-winning photographer from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012.  Learn more during the photo walk about the techniques they use to capture nature at its best:  Proper camera settings,  composition, macro photography, landscape photography, HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, and post-processing software tips. Cost is $69 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Friends of the GTM Reserve. Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee and space is limited. To register and pay for this workshop and for more information visit and click on Register for Photo Tour. The GTM Research Reserve is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, (904) 823-4500. Visit for more additional information.

And if you've been on a nature walk in the NERR, you already know how educational and purely enjoyable they are. A recent walk in the southernmost section of the NERR, not far from Marineland, was given high marks by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Read all about it here.

One final incentive to our own Great Outdoors: the crisp winter weather offers refeshing walks and views with the added allure, through the end of March, of possible North Atlantic right whale sightings. The west winds have smoothed the surface of the ocean and made walks on the beach especially pleasant. Get out there!

Stay tuned for news about an upcoming cycling event benefitting the Friends of the GTM get back to training and we'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. It looks awesome, and worth every penny! Just that, being forcibly unemployed, I have to triage every penny, and this doesn't make the cut. But I sure do hope to go on a nature walk one of these days.