STARVED ROCK WILDFLOWERS AND WATERFALLS!!!

LET'S PHOTOGRAPH STARVED ROCK!!!  SHOOT THE WOODLAND WILDFLOWERS AND WATERFALLS!!! COME ON OUT AND JOIN US, "NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER'S MEETUP," FOR AN AMAZING DAY OF PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock and flowing waterfalls in the Park's 18 canyons!!!

WHEN:  5/24/14 AT 8:30AM

WHERE: Our group will meet at the main lodge (2668 E 875th Rd.,Oglesby, IL 61348) for coffee at 8:30 and leave for the canyons at 9:00am.

MAP:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/2668+E+875th+Rd/@41.3190396,-88.9942616,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8809591e7fafe55f:0x2065a74e285e2611?hl=en

DETAILS:

*RAIN DATE: will be the next day!!!  Sunday May 25TH!!!

*DATE WILL BE CHANGED TO SUNDAY MAY 25TH IF SATURDAY IS FORECASTED TO BE STORMY! YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED ON FRIDAY BY EMAIL IF ANY CHANGES, BUT REMEMBER TO ALWAYS CHECK OUR SITE FOR ANY POSSIBLE CHANGES TO OUR MEETUPS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE!

DETAILS OF AREA:

Painting the landscape with a brilliant palette of color, the wildflower meadows of Starved Rock State Park are simply stunning to view.  Home to over two hundred varieties of wildflowers, the fields continually delight visitors while at the same time playing an important role in the balance of the ecosystem.  Each week the wildflowers that blanket the forest floor and the wide open meadows change the color and scenery of the park.

 Native to a particular area, wildflowers are plants than have not been cultivated or modified by human intervention. Wildflower meadows offer a home to animal species that feed on the blooming plants or on other wildlife that inhabit the fields.  Nectar producing flowers attract honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies. The larvae of the butterfly and the moth graze on the plant’s leaves. Birds and small mammals survive from the resources they find in the thick fragrant meadows.

 The native wildflowers and wild animals are becoming increasingly rare. These plants, that offer so much to the earth’s biodiversity, are now threatened with extinction.  So, reap the pleasures and enjoy the ever changing beauty of Starved Rock’s protected meadows, forests, and canyons!!!

- See more at:

http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/accomodations/inn/#sthash.M1f1mtw5.dpuf

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  • Glenn

    I will add some photos to this event, as soon as I get internet access to my new home here in IN.

    June 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    All the photos are awesome!!

    June 2, 2014

  • luo

    Really looking forward to seeing your photos. Was not able to make it due to my schedule. Did you see wild flowers and waterfalls?

    May 28, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Hi Sandi. I was going to go but it doesn't seem like I can connect with anyone. I originally planned to stay over Friday night but I never heard back from you on your plans. Have you thought of Garfield Park in the summer or Stillman Nature Center's raptor photography shoot in July?

    May 24, 2014

  • Sandi

    ☆☆☆Hi All!!!
    ~*We are going to have beautiful weather and a great day for shooting Saturday!!! I called them and the Wildflowers are still out and about!!! And I have some info on which canyons are Flowing and Flowery! Bob and I are looking forward on seeing everyone in the morning!!!*~

    May 23, 2014

    • Sandi

      Ps...Please keep RSVP'S accurate! ; 0) Thank You!

      May 23, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Is anyone driving from the northern suburbs? I'd like to carpool. This is a good way to save some money on gas and have some company on the long drive from the north.

    May 23, 2014

    • Sandi

      Hi Barbara! Did you find anyone? Bob and I are leaving tonight and staying extra days...so that wouldn't work.... when are you l

      May 23, 2014

    • Sandi

      ....Wanting to come back?

      May 23, 2014

  • Elan

    Really wanted to go. However, I will be traveling to Michigan to visit family.

    May 22, 2014

  • Sandi

    ~*Hey All! Is everyone still ON for this weekend? I'm psyched, can't wait! If anyone needs to change their RSVP please do and keep them accurate so I really know who will be there! Thank You Guys!!! ☆☆☆

    May 20, 2014

  • John H.

    I would like to shoot with everybody but I am doing a model's maternity shoot that day. I hope everybody has a great time.

    May 18, 2014

    • Sandi

      Thanks John, you have a great shoot as well!

      May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sandi, I've just joined your Group. It appears to be pretty active with Group shoots (which I'm looking for). I went to Rockome Gardens yesterday figuring on shooting some flowers and such. There were very few flowers to shoot...I guess due to weather. It wasn't a waste of time, though, since there are a few buildings and stone fences and structures to shoot. Is there many flowers and colors to shoot at Starved Rock because of the freaky weather we've had?

    May 19, 2014

    • Sandi

      ~*Hey Michael, I haven't been out to Starved Rock yet this spring so I'm not sure on the present concentration of spring flowers. This is normally a great week for them!!! Starved Rock is a beautiful place no matter what so it should be a great day of nature photography for us either way!!! I'm planning on contacting their guest services later this week to find out where we'll have our best chances in spotting them. I'll let the group know on the morning of the shoot.... i already know some of the ares of possibilities! ;0)

      May 20, 2014

  • Sandi

    We would love to have dinner with anyone who wants to on Saturday night after sunset when we stop shooting for the night....
    Let us know in the morning before we set out if you're interested in joining us for dinner!

    May 16, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Looks like a 2 hour drive and should be easily done that early in the morning. Usually how late in the day do you stay?

    May 16, 2014

    • Sandi

      Hi Jane, Yep it's a pretty easy drive... Bob and I will shoot as long as possible...probably until after sunset and then go to dinner with anyone who wants to join us! But, everyone can shoot as long as they would like to that day!!! : )

      May 16, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Sandi, are you getting a hotel room the night before? If so, let me know where. I'd like to stay in the same place.

    May 11, 2014

    • Sandi

      Hi Barbara we haven't gotten our reservations yet but we usually stay at the nearby La Quinta. I just got your phone msg and we would love to have dinner with you and anyone else who wants to on Saturday night after sunset when we stop shooting for the night....I'll give you a call tonight and we can talk about it! : )

      May 16, 2014

  • Sandi

    Hi Jeff, Glad you can make it!

    May 10, 2014

  • Linda F

    So want to go but my son is coming in from Alabama that day :(

    May 5, 2014

    • Sandi

      Bummer Linda, we really miss you guys!!!! We'll have to catch you next time!!! Send our love to Bruce! Perhaps we can catch another dinner soon or go shooting with you guys somewhere!!!

      May 8, 2014

  • Sandi

    Hi Jane, Hi Denise, glad you gals are coming!!!

    May 5, 2014

  • Sandi

    Hi Eddie, I look forward to seeing you at Starved Rock for woodland wildflowers! I notice you are from Elk Grove... do you happen to know how the early wildflowers are at Busse Woods? I want to get a meetup going there at some point and wonder what the best time of year would be?

    May 1, 2014

    • Eddie M.

      Or here:
      www.bussewoods.net/

      1 · May 1, 2014

    • Sandi

      Thanks Eddie, I'll check into it....i thought perhaps you may have been there.

      May 2, 2014

  • Natalie N.

    I probably have to work - but I am going to check and my RSVP may change! :-)

    May 1, 2014

    • Sandi

      Hey Natalie, well, if it turns out you can make it, Great! We'd love to shoot with you!

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Sandi

    Welcome Take' glad you can make it! if I can help you with anything let me know!

    May 1, 2014

  • Sandi

    I haven't been here for wildflowers yet, but hear they have many, so i'm excited about checking it out and getting some spring waterfall and canyon shots as well!!!

    May 1, 2014

  • Sandi

    Hi Elan, happy to have you join us... let me know if you have any questions!

    1 · May 1, 2014

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