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Sunflowers at McKee Beshers

Location is changing for this Saturday's meetup. We're going to McKee Beshers Wildlife Managment Area for SUNFLOWERS rather than Kenilworth Gardens for lotuses.

The sunflowers have started blooming - looks like they should be wonderful this weekend. Since the lotuses have a longer bloom period - we're switching to McKee Beshers and I'll try to schedule something at Kenilworth in the next few weeks.

We'll be meeting in the first parking lot at McKee Beshers on River Road - this is the big dirt/gravel lot. Lot is on the left as you head out River Road - go past the Old Seneca Schoolhouse - past where the Poolesville General Store used to be (I know helpful if you've never been there) - look for a brown sign that says McKee Beshers on the left - you're getting close. Next sign to look for is a historical marker sign on the left - parking lot is just after that sign. If the parking lot is full - people get creative with parking along the street - do you best - stay safe. Look for me in the parking lot - I'll be driving a gray Toyota 4 Runner

We'll  photograph until about 8:30 or so - and then anyone who wants to - we'll head to the Starbucks in Potomac for something cold to drink and a bathroom!

If you want to photograph the lotuses at Kenilworth Gardens this weekend - RoadRunners Photograph Tours has a meetup scheduled at Kenilworth at the same time we were originally going to be there. I've checked with Don and Denise who run Road Runners - and anyone from Flower Safari who wants to photograph lotuses is welcome to join them on Saturday. Info about their meetup is at http://www.meetup.com/Road-Runner-Photography-Tours/events/154764262/

Sorry about the short notice for the location change - but it's what happens in the summer when the sunflowers bloom

Hope to see you on Saturday 

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  • Dan G.

    Looking forward to this, even bought a new lens last night for it. I'll be out there Sat Am and Sat Night, and then do Kenilworth Sunday am.

    July 10, 2014

    • Dan G.

      I picked up the Sigma[masked] f2.8. With my crop sensor comes out to be about[masked]

      1 · July 10, 2014

    • Theresa R.

      I have the same lens, Dan! Bought it when my daughter was playing volleyball and I wanted to get those indoor shots!

      2 · August 5, 2014

  • Fred

    Just went up there this morning. Most have bloomed and the petals are dropping. A few small ones are still in full bloom. Last week was definitely peak.

    July 20, 2014

  • Dan G.

    Finally got around to processing the rest of my pics.. This weekend the sunflowers were really looking sad.

    July 19, 2014

  • Neal

    Great time, as always!

    July 13, 2014

  • Melony A. P.

    great

    July 12, 2014

  • Richard (Rick) D.

    Patty, thank you! We had a great time. So nice meeting other photographers. Megan, so nice seeing you again as well. Teresa is joining right now-:)

    July 12, 2014

  • Gayle

    Running late. Be there by 7

    July 12, 2014

  • Jj

    I now have a conflict, and will miss this opportunity. :-(

    July 11, 2014

  • Megan C.

    Just to be safe, first parking lot when heading east to west, right?

    July 10, 2014

    • Patty H.

      I think so - I have a lousy sense of direction when it comes to east/west :-)

      If you take River Rd from the Beltway - through Potomac - Turn left when at the T intersection with 112/Seneca Road at Bretton Woods - you're going the correct direction

      July 10, 2014

  • Susana T.

    I don't have a car, I live in DC (Wisc and Mass Ave) but I can go to any metro station. Any car pool?

    July 8, 2014

  • Mark S.

    I've heard a step stool is useful. I will need to procure one. How many steps should I think about?

    July 8, 2014

    • Patty H.

      I've used one with two steps. Sunflowers seem to be a bit shorter this year than last year - but a step ladder would be good for wide sweeping photos across the field

      July 8, 2014

  • Alice D.

    Just an FYI. I went to McKee-Beshers this weekend and some of the sunflowers are in bloom. Should be almost in full bloom by this coming weekend.

    2 · July 7, 2014

    • Patty H.

      I'll be making a decision tomorrow morning about where the meetup is - I was at McKee Beshers over the weekend - want to check on it in the morning - but we're likely to be there instead of Kenilworth this weekend. Look for an announcement by noon tomorrow for location info :-)

      July 7, 2014

    • Mark S.

      To avoid crowds I am going to Kenilworth on Friday so if you go to McKee I'll go. I've never been there before. I'm leading a group to Kenilworth on the 19th anyway

      July 7, 2014

  • Terry R.

    Going to have to pass - I was hoping to for at least an hour (I have an art fair that day) - but think I'd be pushing it to try & fit this in. Hope everyone has a great day.

    July 7, 2014

  • Julie D.

    so excited for this!

    July 1, 2014

  • Free A.

    Double booked going to a reception for an exhibit I'm showing in - shameless. Will there be another one since they are just starting to bloom? I can do Sunday the 13th or the next weekend.

    June 30, 2014

    • Free A.

      They are all going the same day July 12th.

      July 1, 2014

    • Patty H.

      In which case - go by yourself on the 13th - many fewer people :-)

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • Alice D.

    I'm really hoping this works out. This will be my first meetup with this group and so looking forward to meeting all of you!!

    June 30, 2014

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