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Lets Take Photos is a mixed group, led by Bill F.

 The group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month. This interest group is for anyone who likes to wander around some of the stunning Sydney locations, and take photos, whether it is on a DSLR, Phone, Tablet or Point and Shoot Camera, is welcome to come along, as is anyone who likes to walk around wonderful places with people who like to take photos.

The group is NOT a "learn how to take photos" group. The Lets Take Photos group has a closed facebook page and members enjoy posting and sharing the photos taken on these days out.

IMPORTANT : Activities for this Interest Group are restricted in numbers until further notice (Refer to the “Health and Safety Updates” page for further information)

 

Friday 12th November 2021 – Rumsey Rose Garden in Parramatta Park 

The group is limited to 15 people.

Please register your interest by the Friday the 5th of November 2021 supplying your mobile number & email address.

My contact details are in the newsletter.

Physical hazards- lots of walking, uneven ground, traffic and very strict parking time limits.

Covid group size limits may apply to this activity.

If you are unwell on the day please don’t attend & advise me.  Due to Covid-19 No lunch is arranged.


* June Report - Auburn Botanic Gardens

A winter’s day at Auburn Botanic Gardens – the weather was kind to us, beautiful sunshine and a light breeze. When we arrived we were dodging chickens and peacocks that were wandering the road leading into the gardens.

The gardens were in winter mode – not many blossoms but plenty of beautiful coloured leaves on the trees and on the ground. We also checked out the Aviary after we exited the gardens.

Overall a good day out!

 

 

 

* May Report – Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt. Tomah (second try )

Wow! We finally had our photo visit to the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens at Mount Tomah. The weather was perfect, bright and sunny, beautiful clear and clean blue sky. Coffee and cake at Bilpin on the way up and lunch on the return trip. Always something to photograph any season you visit. Another great day out with the Let’s take photos group.

   

 

* March Report - Sackville and Ebenezer

Let’s take Photos visits the Sackville Ferry and the Church at Ebenezer.

Despite an ominous weather forecast for Friday the 12th March, we took a punt and went ahead  with the Let’s take photos outing.

Meeting at Tractor 828 Café for a beverage to start the day – it was well worth the visit.

After refreshments we continued down the road to the Sackville Ferry to capture images of the area. After this we headed down Tizzana Road stopping at an historic cemetery, secondly at the winery and lastly arriving at the historic Church at Ebenezer – a great place to take photos.

While the sky was mostly overcast no rain fell and we all enjoyed exploring the Hawkesbury area.

Cheers Bill

 

Sackville Ferry                                                           Tizzana Winery

Ebenezer Church

 

*February Report - Pitt Town Nature Reserve

Let’s take photos visited the bird hide in Pitt Town Nature Reserve on Friday the 12th of Feb. We had an early start at 7:00 am in the morning, a lovely fresh morning and we finished before it got too hot. We were well  covered cloths wise and used insect repellent to keep the mozzies at bay.

The bird hide is quite a nice structure with all the necessary slots to point the cameras out. It was another good  LTP outing!

       

 

2020

 *November Report - Rumsey Rose Garden in Parramatta Park

Friday the 13th we chanced our luck ( weatherwise ) and apart from a few drops on the way in we were lucky. The Rumsey Rose Garden is a tribute to Heather and Roy Rumsey and their dedication to the promotion  and development of heritage roses in Australia over 45 years.

They retired in 1992 and offered  to donate two of all the old roses they had grown to Heritage Roses in Australia if a suitable public place could be found for a rose garden. Eventually a home was found in Parramatta Park and the garden was opened in 1995, sadly neither Heather nor Roy lived to see the garden completed.

Our group of six enjoyed a coffee before heading into the garden. I think we were 5 to 6 weeks late for the very best display in the garden but still managed to find some gems to photograph. Another great day out.

Bill F  

      

 

* October Report - Mount Banks Ridge

The weather at Mount Banks was cold and windy – the vista was beautiful – 9 brave individuals enjoyed  the scenery and captured some memorable images. It’s a long drive up to Mount Banks and back but well worth the effort - very much an untouched area. Another good photography outing – attached are a few images.

Bill F

 

* September Report - Nurrangingy Reserve

 Our party of 8 met in the carpark at 10:00am After greetings and a chat we headed off to the Chinese Gardens – a bit more sun and less wet ground then our visit in August. Time was well spent seeking out the best images to capture & chatting. After this we adjourned to the café for a Covid safe coffee and more conversation. Then we walked the loop around the Reserve capturing images of the old tin huts, onto the raised walkway through the marshy area. Beautiful weather, great company, another enjoyable outing. Bill F

   

   

* August Report - Let’s take photos visits East Windsor

On Friday the 14th of August the sky was cloudy but fortunately it did not rain. We started  our tour at Governor Philip Park in George St – walking along the river bank to capture an image of the new bridge. Retracing our steps we headed towards the residential section of George St., a mixture of old and newer homes, built on higher ground as the area is flood prone. Turning left into Arndell Street, it dips steeply and then rises steeply to meet Court Street where we view the Windsor Courthouse built in 1822 designed by Francis Greenway – the court house is still in use today – nearly 200 years old.

Turning left, Court Street becomes North Street, here we see the North Street cottages built between 1840 and 1860 providing an excellent streetscape of Windsor in this period. The 2 storey house on the corner was known as the Courthouse Inn – Viewers of “ A Country Practice “ will recognise it as the surgery of Dr Terrance Elliot. Walking down North Street offers a rural panorama of farmland dating from 1794. At the junction with Pitt St we turn right and head towards Tebbutt’s Observatories – Tebbutt became one of the worlds most accomplished amateur astronomers – he was featured on the $100 note in 1984. Retracing our steps we head to the old toll house obscured from view by the bridge over South Creek on Windsor Rd see the image of the sign for more info. Up Windsor Rd towards Thompson Square on the corner is the 1861 School of Arts again with an interesting but grim sign see image. We turn right heading back to the cars passing some lovely old homes. We were fortunate on three occasions that local residents shared their knowledge of their homes and the local area.

A very good day overall Bill F

                             

 

                                                  

* July Report

Winter is here, so why not take wintry images. Once again this topic is pursued on an individual basis. We had a good response from our talented team and a few samples are attached for your viewing.  Images by Liz G, Frances G, Peter R and Bill F.

Cheers Bill F