Second Annual Frank Planes Memorial PhotoWalk to Circle B Bar Reserve


Second Annual Frank Planes

Memorial PhotoWalk to

Circle B Bar Reserve











Frank Planes was one of FCCP's first members and a Lifetime Member as well.  He was a strong supporter and believed deeply in FCCP's core values of enriching people's live through photography.  Following the PhotoWalk there will be a celebration of Frank's life at Gator's Dockside near Lakeland.  If you can't join us for the PhotoWalk, please consider joining us for lunch as we share our remembrances of Frank.

Circle B. Bar Reserve is named after a cattle ranch that once existed on this property. Circle B. Bar Reserve was jointly acquired by the Polk County Environmental Lands Program and the District to protect the floodplain of the lake and to restore the Banana Creek m

arsh system. The property is maintained by Polk County.

Much of the property had previously been converted to pasture, but in 2005 and 2006, restoration projects were completed to restore much of the original hydrologic function of the lands. As a result of the marsh system restoration project, Circle B is now home to some of the most impressive bird activity on District property.

The tremendous bird population includes a variety of wading birds, waterfowl, ospreys and bald eagles. Alligators inhabit Lake Hancock and may be observed at a distance from shore or from a pier. Oak hammock, freshwater marsh, hardwood swamp and the lakeshore are among the unique characteristics of this property. Birds

we can expect to see include Bald Eagles, White Pelicans, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Wood Storks and many different lake ducks. Plan on arriving by 8 AM.

Pinellas members can meet at the Target Parking lot at Clearwater Mall to car pool. Car poolers will leave at 6:15 AM. Lunch near Lakeland at Gators Dockeside will be an option for those that want to attend. The location is undecided at this time.

Long lenses (300mm or longer) will be needed for some species, but great shots can be obtained with lenses of 200mm or shorter. Tripods and monopods are encouraged and wear comfortable walking shoes. You will not need to walk long distances, however some members may choose to do so. Walking just a few 100 yards from the parking lot will allow photographers access to some great viewing areas.

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  • Marissa M.

    Had a great time. Beautiful weather, great place and wonderful people. It's nice to see you all again.

    January 7, 2014

  • Jane L.

    Larry asked that I tell you all how much he enjoyed the day and meeting everyone. He loves going to Circle B and sharing it with others.

    January 6, 2014

  • Gail

    This was one of the best photo walks yet. Its a long ride from Clearwater, but well worth it. The Reserve has all kinds of birds not easily seen in this area, as well as an eagle, otters, and other critters. If you go during the right season, there is a lot to photograph. Thanks, Jeff and Teresa, for scheduling the trip, as well as driving. You are appreciated!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Rita

    Yes! It was a great trip, great day! Happy Birthday Jeff!!!!

    January 4, 2014

  • Jane L.

    Great day! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us, Jeff!

    January 4, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Happy Birthday Jeff.....have a great day!

    January 4, 2014

  • Carol Black B.

    Where at Circle B are we meeting?

    January 2, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      In the parking lot by the trailhead at the Nature Center

      January 2, 2014

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