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    I live in Gainesville, Florida, and would love to participate. I am really new to this and could not contribute much, but would be a great learning experience for me.

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    I'm for some place with beach dead tress or rapids. old building are great also.
    As Randy said, you can't get much better for driftwood in Florida than Big Talbot Island. As for rapids, there is Big Shoals , a class three white water rapids on occasion. For old Buildings, you can't get much older than St Augustine. Not trying to suggest that NE Florida is best choice, but it does have alot to offer.
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    My Shed-yule

    I figger on being out of state near the end of September for several weeks. Worst of the 'cane season will be behind us and I can check out the new
    g-kid in Austin and maybe catch a few days in my beloved Colorado.

    But if the crew wants a time before then, I'm all ears.

    Sarasota.

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    I am very interested. I have been waiting to see if any was going to post a date and time on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9793 View Post
    doug,
    you have given us a lot to look at. The summer isn't the best time due to heat but the most dramatic with the thunderstorms. I'm for some place with beach dead tress or rapids. old building are great also.

    is Sept or Oct good for anyone.
    Oct or Nov could be possible, but I am clear down on Big Pine Key
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    While I was out today haunting a local favorite (photography) spot it occurred to me that I had not posted any suggestions for locations in my area (Central Florida, both East and West along the I-4 corridor), so here goes:

    Wekiva Springs State Park:


    Camping in the park, good nature trails (lots of variety), canoing (for those interested in getting some nice black water shots), right off I-4 near Orlando, food, motels, etc. nearby. I've been there many times and find it, at least for my style, a good place to work. Once you leave the main springs, there are few, if any, people to get in the way.

    Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Big spot for flowers, near lodging, no camping, 5-10 minutes from two film/supplies sources.

    DeLeon Springs State Park

    Good nature opportunities, on-site historic grist mill (with good food), onsite camping, canoing, nearby wildlife refuge (5 minutes away), hotels not so close (maybe 15-20 minutes drive tops). Close to other parks (Bullow creek, Bullow Plantation, and others.

    Hillsboro River State Park

    Nice trails, good nature opportunities, canoing, on-site camping, hotels and food not too far off, rapids (don't get too excited, they were quite small the last time I was there). Still, it's a nice park.

    Highlands Hammock State Park

    A number of short trails that can be easily access from parking areas, good variety of nature habitats, on-site camping, hotels not so close, food not so close. I can't remember how easy this park is - I've only been there twice, but it's a nice place.

    Myakka River State Park

    Good trails, on-site camping, canoing, hotels near by, food nearby. Easy access from I-75. They have a concession on site, so campers should be well accommodated.

    I have a canoe, and rental are available at all of these places (that have canoing), although I don't like to take it on the highway, so only the first couple of sites will I be able bring it. I've been to these places, the first three many, many times, so I can provide more info if anyone wants it - just holler. I can also provide transportation for one or two people (depending on how much gear we all bring) from a nearby hotel to these spots for those wishing to carpool to save gas - no worries there.

    Can anyone who is farther South post some suggestions? If we have a good overview of places around the state we might be able to find something that works for everyone.

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    Randy, A few years ago the Jax Camera club had an outing to the Eastern section of your list. Many of us stayed at a hotel in Cassadaga It was quite a relaxing experience.
    Your list could also include the wildlife refuges of Merritt Island as well as the Canaveral area in general.
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    Reelliss67, thanks for some good "leg"work. The Wekiva Springs-Orlanda area sounds good, sort of population density central. Myakka Park would be uber-convenient for me, but then, it wouldn't be much of a vacation, eh?

    IIRC, we have photogs Tampa down to Naples, could car pool easily. We have Dave down in the keys, but also one each in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. They, or others could car pool northward. We have a cluster on the NE coast, they can pool to the Orlando area. Robin is in Pensacola, anyone else out there in Alabama? Er.......

    I like the idea of having canoing available. I used to teach said skills at the Boy Scout camp. Of course, I weighed half of what I do now, so maybe not such a good idea! Although I am an incorrigible camper, too hot/humid for me at that time of the year especially. Cheap motel is my camping lately.

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    Well it looks like a good group of areas to choose from. Myakka is great I have photographed there 10-15 times over the years going up to see my mother in Sun City. Camping is good but if you want to stay in a motel or hotel its a long ways.
    Hillsboro well I drove up it took me 2 hours but it was only a 2 hour photo session and I was done there.
    Deleon has the mill and wooded area don't know about it but may be a good place.
    Wekiva sounda like a tourist hot spot, but sounds like it has some good shots.
    Big talbot sounds to me to be the best, several adjacent parks there too so you could make a run to another one during the day or even the next day. It is a long drive, but if you get two to three people in a truck or car gas can be split. I believe it is about 5 hours from Fort Myers.

    I'm for Big talbot and some time in Qct November and make it a Friday, saturday, sunday leaving sunday. If friday is out then maybe at the end of the day friday and meet early Saturday Morning.

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    The brutal reality

    Yesterday I took some time off from my caregiving and thought I'd do some shots in Venice. Not too far with $4 gas, new scenery. The first two parks and beaches were in the open sun, early to midafternoon.

    HOLY FLIP, IT WAS HOT!

    There's a reason I left here 35 years and 140 pounds ago. I returned here in October to take care of my old parents and have been weather miserable a lot. I do grab the bull by the horns and work outside even when I don't like it, I have become a bit acclimated, but not what I prefer. Never much liked the humidity here (part of the HOT equation, of course.) Sweat dripping onto my camera is not happy times.

    I noticed last fall and winter the coolest weather actually came in February and March, October into January amazingly warm.

    Anyway, just a realization and reality check that this boy ain't doing hot.....

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