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January 11th - 15th, 2018
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Anyone who has an interest in coastal photography! This workshop is perfect for birders and wildlife photographers too! You should be able to see an astonishing variety of coastal and tropical birds wintering in the warm and tropical area. Manatees are also present in huge numbers because they congregate in the warm waters of the area to spend the winter. Architectural photographers will also be impressed with a number of historical sites including the ruins of a beautiful sugar plantation and a beautiful, intact antebellum plantation!
Sunrises and sunsets over beautiful and unspoiled wetlands!
We always try to catch every sunrise and sunset over pristine, stunningly beautiful wetlands. You also never know what critters you'll see while watching! Otters, exotic birds, manatees, bald eagles, alligators, large mammals and so much more! In some places, tropical birds will return to their nesting spots at sunset and we are privileged to see thousands (sometimes tens or hundreds of thousands) of birds flying in to roost.
The Thursby House (January workshop only)
The Thursby family settled near Blue Spring in 1856. In 1872, Louis Thursby built a two-story house to replace the clapboard and palmetto thatch house the family had used since they arrived in the area. Hundreds of years before the Thursbys settled here, the land was home to some of Florida's native people. In 1766, colonial botanist John Bartram also visited the area.
Manatees Galore! (January workshop only)
It is very common to see many dozens at one time! Take a look at the photo gallery and see for yourself!
Some critters you may not see anywhere else!
We commonly see the Florida Scrub Jay. So commonly in fact, we have never been on this workshop without seeing them!
Florida Scrub Jays are just the start though. Painted Buntings are a very common sight. In fact, in last year's workshop and we didn't just see one. We saw eight ... all in one place! This workshop is a birders dream!
We have seen alligators on all but one of our workshops and that time was most likely because we weren't particularly looking for them. Alligators are very common in the area.
You'll probably see other unusual reptiles too. Large gopher tortoises are also commonly encountered on this workshop.
Snakes too? Probably not. We almost never see snakes on the January workshop and even in the warm months you probably will not see any unless you want to actually look for them.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete light stations in the nation.
Visited by over 80,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall (53 m) lighthouse tower are treated to a view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.
We will once again base out of The Quality Inn - Kennedy Space Center Location. This is a very reasonably priced hotel that is conveniently located close to many of our shooting destinations. It has very clean and comfortable rooms, free parking, free breakfast and free high-speed Internet. At the time of this writing, you can get a room with two queen beds for $68 a night. Book soon, the prices tend to rise quickly the closer to the trip we get.
Driving: I drive down on the Wednesday before each workshop and return return the Monday after the workshop. I can usually accommodate three people in my car so the first three paid participants who request to ride with me may do so and we will share gas. All others can follow us down or I will provide precise driving directions for you to meet us there.
Flying: If you choose to fly down, please fly into Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) on either Wednesday late afternoon / evening or Thursday night. We will pick you up at the airport. Try to book your return flight for Sunday afternoon or early on Monday morning. We will drop you at the airport.
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