Northampton & Smith Campus w/Spring Bulb Show

  • March 9, 2013 · 7:45 AM

 

 

    OPERATION:

  "MOOD SPRING"

 

   

 UPDATE:  March 3  - A FILE HAS BEEN POSTED WITH

THE FINAL DETAILS AND MAPS!!

   

NORTHAMPTON, MA

THE SPRING BULB SHOW at SMITH COLLEGE'S BOTANICAL GARDEN

& THE ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW AT MT. HOLYOKE COLLEGE IN SOUTH HADLEY. 

 

1)  Northampton is a beautiful artsy eclectic town in the Pioneer Valley along the Connecticut River, 15 miles from Springfield. We will explore the center of town and its outskirts.

 

2)  We have a reservation at 10:00 AM at the Lyman Conservatory of the Smith College Botanic Gardens to see the 6,000 bulbs at the Spring Bulb Show. The bulbs have been scientifically and gently coerced into all blooming at the same time. Each year the conservatory is decorated with a special theme. The overall fragrance, I am told, is fabulous. It should be a great welcome to spring.The flowers include the typical lilies, tulips, irises, narcissi, hyacinths and crocuses, but also feature many other varieties from as far as South Africa.

 

3)  We will have lunch in Northampton center and then go to the Spring Flower

      Show at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, 11 miles away.

 

 

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  • Bette B.

    I had a great time thank you Sue and Mike for the great group and the nice chats and instruction. Sue i am sorry you had a problem with your camera and i hoped it was something that could be done on the spot i hope your able to get it going by next week. I learned a lesson about having a spare certainly. I enjoyed meeting everyone so much and look forward to more activity's together.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Subi P.

    First thanks to everyone we met, we had a blast. It really did feel like spring! Thanks to Sue for the organization, we really enjoyed our day chatting and taking photos with everyone. See you all again soon hopefully. Oh and we found another New England brewery to add to our list.

    3 · March 10, 2013

    • David C.

      Now too meet you also. Sorry we didn't get to chat. There are a few brewery's up here. Amherst has a really good one. Perhaps a dual city walk meet up?

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • David C.

    Let me know when I can post some more. Those of you who are on Facebook feel free to add me. Incase there are limits on here

    March 10, 2013

    • Mike M.

      The way it works Dave is everyone posts 5 to 10 shots. Remember, this is a venue to show your best. Where not everyone can get to post right away, those who have already posted their very bedt, they can then post more several days after the event, again remembering we are all photographrrs and were all there so again keep to a select few of your best, avoiding redundency.

      March 10, 2013

  • Annie

    It was such a wonderful event. Perfect schedule, sunny day, and great people. See you soon in next meetups!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Great job Sue! Your dilemma with your camera serves as a reminder to the rest of us that it's oat a bad idea to carry a backup camera in our bags, something I used to do religiously, but have gotten away from recently...

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • David C.

      Yeah. If you have more than one bring it. Plus it can save you from changing lenses. Saves time and saves you from missing a shot. Not that the flowers were going anyplace!

      2 · March 10, 2013

  • David C.

    Oh and sorry your camera went bad Sue. That's frustrating. I hope it isn't too costly to fix.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Sue thanks for organizing this great meetup. Such fun to spend time with everyone and have such an exciting atmosphere in which to photograph. Can't wait to see everyone's images!

    2 · March 10, 2013

    • David C.

      There is one of you in there. Lol

      March 10, 2013

  • Lance J.

    Wonderful event. Really enjoyed capturing the variety of flowers and plants at 2 different venues. Very well orchestrated by Sue & Mike. It was fun seeing the "regulars" and getting to know some new members too.

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Janet

    Really great event. Perfect place for photography. Wish I had more time. Thanks Sue. I loved it.

    2 · March 9, 2013

  • Kim M.

    For some reason REPLY does not work for me or not today anyway. Annie, I'm hoping you are flexible and are willing to meet me tomorrow at 7:45am in the parking lot behind Max Fish restaurant in Somerset Square Glastonbury. This will allow us to jump on Rt3 & then quickly get to 91N to meet up w/the others by 9:00am. So pls confirm this change as soon as you can. Thx.

    March 8, 2013

    • Annie

      OK. I will be there at 7:45am. See you tomorrow!

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Due to surgery thurs PM I may be a late scratch Sat am, hopefully not. Will meet-up at the commuter lot Sat morning if I can.

    March 8, 2013

    • David C.

      Lol!

      March 8, 2013

    • Lance J.

      a bit off topic, but the BMW Club will be at Lime Rock on the previous weekend.

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Okay, my anxious Shutter-Buddies! We're on! When you rest upon your pillows tonight, may you have sweet dreams of beautiful flowers, feel the warmth of the greenhouses, and smell the blast of spring aromas. Be sure you have the plans /maps and that you arrive at the designated locations on time. CT - see you in Manchester where we will re-group and consolidate. Nighty night!

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Kim M.

    how do I post a reply? When i hit reply, nothing happens? do I type first then hit reply or hit reply button first then type message. Tried both, I must be doing something wrong. thx

    March 8, 2013

    • Sue F.

      It just worked for me, Kim. Try again. Click on REPLY and the white box should appear. Type, and click the box to post.

      March 8, 2013

    • David C.

      Sometimes it works sometimes not

      March 8, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Lens use is a matter of personal preference. I'll use 100 macro with either an 18 to 200 or 270 in my pocket, or vice versa. :-)

    March 7, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Denis, you're all set. Paid dues appear on your profile page. You are set for the year, thanks! If you can get far enough back for a zoom, that would be good. Wide angle and tight. I'll let others weigh in on the lenses, too....

    March 6, 2013

    • Barbara K.

      An 18mm to 200mm lens is ok but I did all my images using a 90mm macro. A zoom may be useful depending upon the crowd. There is very little space in the aisles to work with.

      March 7, 2013

  • Denis

    Hi, I have two questions.
    1: is there a way to check if dues are due besides bugging sue ?

    2: what lenses are suggested, besides a macro ??

    March 6, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Reminders: 1) Annual DUES must be paid up to participate. Thank you!
    2) If you haven't seen the event file, you can find it here. Please read it over, print it (esp. the maps) and bring it with you or note the URL. http://www.meetup.com/Shutter-B­...

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Thanks for letting me know John. Hope all is well. Annie looks like it will be the 2 of us. I will meet you at exit 62 commuter lot in Manchester Saturday at 7:45 am. Look for the lady w/silver hair driving a Burgundy color Lexus SUV. This should give us enough time to meet up with everyone in Northampton Sheldon Field commuter lot to consolidate vehicles. Still room for others, just let me know.

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Annie

      Sure. See you on Saturday morning.

      2 · March 5, 2013

  • Lance J.

    If anyone is interested, I found the following on the Smith Botanic Garden:

    The mission of the Botanic Garden of Smith College is to foster education about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom through the use of outdoor and conservatory plant collections, gardens, displays, and exhibitions, and to preserve and maintain the historic Olmsted campus landscape.

    The Botanic Garden of Smith College was founded over one hundred years ago by L. Clarke Seelye, the College's first president, who expressed his hope that the whole campus could be developed as a botanic garden so that it might be of scientific as well as aesthetic value. The landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central Park fame, was enlisted to create that plan.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Lance J.

    In 2 parts because it was too large...

    Incorporating the study of plants into academics was an insightful idea in 1875, and it still is. The spirit President Seelye's concept has persisted at Smith College and remains basic to our purpose. Today the Botanic Garden serves as a living museum of plants native to New England and ecosystems all around the globe.

    Today, the Botanic Garden includes thousands of plants, including those grown under glass in the Lyman Conservatory and outdoors in the campus areboretum — our landscape for learning — and various specialty gardens around campus. Additionally, there are 60,000 pressed specimens available for research in the herbarium.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • John B.

    Unfortunately, something came up and will be unable to attend. Have fun everyone.

    March 5, 2013

  • David C.

    File? I didn't see no stinkin' file! Lol see ya all Saturday!

    March 5, 2013

  • Sue F.

    If you read the event file, you will find all the info being discussed in the comments today already covered, including no big back packs, no tripods, parking, 3 maps, etc. A lot of time and thought has gone into this, and Mike (nearby resident) helped me scout. Logistical input is extremely valuable and totally encouraged by all, but may be more helpful if it could come a little earlier in the planning stages before the final details file has been posted. At this stage, we don't want to confuse people. I'm fortunate to have such a wonderful and committed group. I can't wait for us to discover the burst of spring in the greenhouses. Hope to see you, Tracy, and sorry we won't see you, Barbara! See you all on Saturday!!! Best, Sue

    March 5, 2013

  • David C.

    Oh and PS. From where we are meeting to the smith greenhouse is no more than 5 miles total. Northampton consist of 4 main roads that we could happen upon but more than Likely will never leave more than 2 of them. Rout 9 is where your parking and is the same road all the way to the campus. So it really is a stress free day. The other roads are rt 66. King St rt 5. And Damon road. They all pretty much connect like a square. But almost all the cool stuff is on Rt 9 and King St. So if your a map person check it out.

    March 5, 2013

  • David C.

    It's only half mike from downtown. But it's a lot easier to park there if that's the first stop. The parking garage is not huge at thrones (my phone will not let me type it correctly) so again carpooling really is essential. Please folks keep some faith! This is not our first rodeo in Northampton. And Mike is a fantastic walk about leader. The day will be a really enjoyable day. And I personally promise you will look forward to coming back for more! You will get a money shot! :)

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work. I work most Saturdays so I am not sure if I will stay with the group

    March 5, 2013

  • Don J.

    Considering the potential for rotten weather in the next few days, we should really consider meeting at and using the parking garage, since parking will be more restricted with snow piles in the way.

    March 5, 2013

    • Mike M.

      Everyone, Sue has scouted the area already. The garage has already been considered for after the Bulb show, but it is way too far a walk to the College. Please meet at the parking lot just off 91 per Sue's instructions. Once we all meetup there, we will be all set. :-)

      March 5, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    If you go to www.masslive.com/photos, look at David Molnar's gallery of images he has taken there. YOu will see that there is barely enough room to walk down the two aisles. There are basicly two rooms of bulb type flowers, and two rooms of tropicals. A side aisle has a few orchids. I suggest no large camera bags. Leave your bag with the front desk and carry in only what you need. I use a fanny pack with an extra lens.... that is it.

    March 5, 2013

  • Sue F.

    We will go with the plan as it stands (based on the scouting,) watch the weather, and make any adjustments that are warranted. We are aiming for free parking along in front of the botanical garden, so arriving early is our goal. Plan B is center parking and hiking it to the gardens. Late arrivers... FYI, my contact said the later is gets, the more crowded it is. We can make onsite adjustments to the itinerary (after the Smith Bulb Show) if factors or interests arise. You have enough info /maps in the packet to allow for some flexibility.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • David C.

    I suggest after we consolidate that we park in the parking garage. It's slightly more money but you won't be ticketed or towed. It comes out through thrones market. Then sky's the limit city shooting is my favorite. And good is everywhere. I can't wait!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Thanks for the report from the greenhouse, Barbara. Mirrors & gazing balls will add a nice touch. Our trip file has a map of the parking lots, so we're ready for that challenge. It will be a pleasant sunny day, everyone. Please remember to read and download the event file. It really helps you get more out of your day when you know all the information /FAQ's.

    March 5, 2013

    • Barbara K.

      For those of you who have never been to Noho, remember the pedestrian is KING here. All they have to do is step into any crosswalk and you have to stop. If you can park on the road to the greenhouse, parking is free. I was lucky and got a place as someone was pulling out. The parking lots have kiosks where you pay in cash. I think maybe debit card, but not sure.

      March 5, 2013

    • Mike M.

      And Noho police are most aggressive over failure to stop for pedestrians, and also parking violations. While the parking is free along the road, it is very, very limited. I once didn't attend although I had tried, due to lack of parking....

      March 5, 2013

  • Janet

    Sue, I will be arriving after your carivan, so please don't wait. Will meet you in the Botanical Gardens sometime after 11AM. I may have Melissa with me too. See you in the Garden!

    March 5, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    The parking near the conservatory is very limited so car pooling is important. Parking is not free in downtown Northampton, so bring change or park in the parking garage.
    This year's theme is reflections with a few gazing balls and mirrors to work with. Space to take photos is very limited. I don't think they will allow any tripods, especially with such a group.
    I went to both shows this past weekend. You should enjoy yourself. I have posted an album on my Facebook page.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Sue F.

    Please all remain at the Sheldon Field commuter lot (off I-91 ...see the FILE I posted with itinerary, directions and maps) until we all get there. Do not go on to Smith. We want to consolidate into a few cars and don't want anyone left without a ride. Thanks!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Gene S.

    Planning on driving up directly. I am only 45 minutes from NoHo. Anyone interested, I have room for 3. I am in Granby Ct and rt 10 north to Smith college is a quick drive. I may park in Northhampton behind Viva Fresh Pasta Co and hike it to the green houses. All of the eateries will be busy on Sat. Fitzwillies, Northampton Brew Pub, Viva Fresh Pasta, The Sierra Grille have larger dinning areas to name a few. Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium for excellent coffee and hot cocoa.

    2 · March 4, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Here's a link to the Springfield's newspaper's photo gallery of last year's Bulb Show. http://photos.masslive.com/repu...­

    March 4, 2013

  • Laura

    Is any one gathering in Western Mass for carpooling? I am trying to sort through the comments below but still new enough to the area that many of these references don't mean much to me!

    March 3, 2013

    • Mike M.

      Laura, you can jump in with me (white Honda CRV with Patriots decals on either side). Meet at 9 at the commuter lot just off 91 (1/2 mile)on the road to the airport. Sue will be posting a map showing this lot later in the week. If you've ever been to this before, you'll agree that the fewer cars the better.

      March 4, 2013

  • David C.

    Mike, what time are you going to be at the lot. I am willing to be a sort of tour guide seeing I am a native noho person. However I have a really comfy Toyota Tacoma. So there isn't much room. There is a lot to see. The city it's very full of energy for people whom never been. The photo ops are endless. Smith bulbs are amazing but the place is very busy. So true macro work with tripods will prove challenging. Please feel free to ask questions about the area. There are endless stories about this great city. See you Saturday.

    March 3, 2013

    • Mike M.

      Dave, meet at the commuter lot on the road to the airport at 9. I know Noho exceptionally well too. You, and 2 mote folks can hop in with me. Tripods are NOT allowed. From my attendance in past years, I've found even camera bags can be a hassle, therefor I'll more than likely wear my vest....

      March 4, 2013

  • Janet

    I have to be back in town by 5. Will I need to take my own car?

    March 4, 2013

  • David C.

    Where in western mass are you?

    March 4, 2013

    • Laura

      I am in West Springfield. I thought the commuter lot was in CT. Opps!

      March 4, 2013

  • Sue F.

    I am posting the official FINAL DETAILS for this event for everyone this evening. MA and CT members will rendez-vous at 9:00 at the commuter lot just off Exit 19 in Northampton. (Directions will be in the file.)
    CT people - you may drive alone or carpool. CT carpoolers -meet at 7:45 at the I-84 Exit 62, Buckland Hills in Manchester. (Map in file.) I can bring 3 people to Manchester from the Newington Panera on the Berlin Turnpike. Let me know! Kim, Don Janelle, and I are driving from Manchester at this point. We will consolidate and leave for Northampton by 8:00 at the latest.
    MA people: Laura would like to carpool from Western MA.
    Reminder: Please be sure you've paid your 2013 dues. Thank you!!!

    March 3, 2013

    • David C.

      Sue please hit me up for the 10 bucks Saturday if you would. Thank you!

      March 3, 2013

  • Don J.

    I will be at the commuter lot too. Just let me know the time. I have room in my vehicle for three to four plus gear.

    Are monopods permitted?

    March 3, 2013

    • Mike M.

      You should be able to use a monopod, though if it gets extremely crowded may be more trouble than worth.

      March 3, 2013

  • Annie

    Thanks Kim & John. Let me know when we will meet there.

    March 3, 2013

  • John B.

    Kim, Exit 62 off 84 East. Take a left stay in the left lane and you will see a left turn into a commuter lot before Fast Eddies Exxon gas station.

    March 3, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Great Annie. Since both you & John live in Manchester, I'll meet you both there. Which exit is it? We can firm up time later.

    March 3, 2013

  • Annie

    I would love to join! See you all soon.

    March 3, 2013

  • Kim M.

    I have 1 passenger (John Bradley) so far with room for 2 more. We can meet at a commuter lot somewhere on 91N and go from there. So let me know if you are interested in joining us for the ride. I am very much looking forward to this event!

    March 3, 2013

    • Annie

      Hi Kim: Can you pick me up at Manchester commuter's parking lot? Annie

      March 3, 2013

  • Mike M.

    While disappointed I had to back out of the eagle cruise, I am really looking forward to the Bulb Show! It's been said earlier, but as we are now less than a week away, parking is most difficult, making carpooling essential. I'd like to meet up with folks at a commuter lot in Northampton just off Rt 91 and either hop in with someone with room for 1 more, or take 3 folks with me from there. Also, leave your tripods at home, you will not be able to use them.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    count me in :-)

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would love to join! I haven't meet all of you yet, but look forward to it :-)

    1 · February 22, 2013

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