How would you like to exercise close up/macro shots? The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science can offer many subjects for this type of photography. There may be a possibility of getting the museum to let a group of photographers into the facility early when the butterflies are "dormant". This will give us the opportunity to take really good close up and macro shots of the butterflies and rain forest flora.
Let me know if you will be interested to do this meet up.