Exploring with Members
Follow HHCC members as we explore near & far with camera in hand, ready to capture the many interesting aspects of the places we visit, whether it be in nature, architecture or landscape. Wonderful photographic opportunities can be found both at home and in exotic places. Hopefully you will find inspiration in both our travels & our images...
From San Juan to Fort de Soto
by Laura Weihs
We started out on a running cruise that departed from Puerto Rico and I’ve attached a few pictures from Old San Juan, a place full of history and never ending photo ops! There is an image of a stallion statue in a fountain. I tried to capture its power and grace, as well as the despair of a mournful statue from a cemetery. There are two views of a street that was lush from the shade of tall trees. Balconies are typical of Old San Juan streets; however the trees were rather unique from what we saw. This street was very close to the fortress “El Morro” so was probably in the oldest part of the city.
We’re now in Florida and we go to Fort De Soto State Park everyday where the wildlife is abundant! Examples are the Tricoloured Heron doing his entertaining fishing dance, the Great Egret touching down, the male Brown Anole lizard showing off his dewlap (throat flap) and the odd looking Wood Stork at rest, but looking like it’s about to type out a letter! I hope you find these interesting as well.
Flitting over to Cambridge
by Barb Redford
Karin McDonald, Tom Clarke, Barry Shepherd and I headed to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory for a few hours in mid-February.
We took advantage of a Wagjag offer: 4 adult entries for $20; the normal entry fee is $11 for adults in case anyone wants to head down. There are butterflies and small finches in the conservatory, which also features a waterfall and some turtles. The butterflies range from paper whites to monarchs and blue Morphos with a whole bunch in between.
There is a section where you can watch the butterflies coming out of their cocoons with some ‘hatching’ every day: over twenty emerged while we were there.
Cameras are welcome and monopods are no problem; no tripods though. We arrived right as they opened at 10:00 a.m. and had free run of the place for at least 1/2 hour –
1 hour before people with kids started showing up -but even then there was lots of space for everyone to do their thing. By noonish the butterflies, which had been feeding all morning, were starting to perch on the walls and higher up so I would recommend anyone wanting to go to hit there right at 10:00 a.m.
Directions - Hwy 401 to hwy 24 (Hespeler Road North). 6.5 km north to Kossuth Road. West (left) on Kossuth Road for 5 km to #2500, large building on the left side of the road.
Website : http://www.cambridgebutterfly.com
Photos -Barb Redford