Field Trip Descriptions

Field Trips


 

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BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

A trip led by Harlan and Linda Humphrey and Deb Zimmerman to Badlands National Park (https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm) is scheduled for early arrivers. We will be carpooling from the Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel to minimize our impact on traffic. The Badlands consists of over 240,000 acres of picturesque eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States. Park wildlife includes big horn sheep, bison, prairie dogs, pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, golden eagles and more. The Park will also have cottonwoods in fall colors, juniper, and many wildflowers. We will stop at sites with multiple trails – both hiking and boardwalks, making this field trip accessible to all. We will plan to make a stop at Cedar Pass Lodge mid-afternoon to pick up snacks and drinks.

Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: Expect to split the driving costs (gas, vehicle wear and tear, National Park Pass – if we can’t find one for each car) estimated at $20 per person with no park pass in a car of four people, plus cost of drinks and snacks at Cedar Pass Lodge.

Bring: Equipment for landscapes, wildlife shots and macro shots, including a tripod. Reflectors may be especially useful if we have a sunny day.

Don’t forget a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and bug repellent. Plus, always carry water in the Badlands!

Limited to 30 participants.

 


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CUSTER STATE PARK & WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK

Going to Custer State Park (http://www.stateparks.com/custer_custer.html) and Wind Cave National Park (https://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm) is one of the Black Hills Photography Club’s favorite photographic outings. We’ll aim to get into the parks by sunrise and hope to catch lots of wildlife shots as the day begins. The two parks share a border and contain elk, bison, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, marmots, hawks, eagles and more. Karen Mahoney and Rachel Pogorelski, both wildlife photography specialists, will be leading the group – showing you some of their favorite areas and helping you know what to expect. As the wildlife sightings slow down, the group will stop for a short break and then move onto landscapes. The two parks have many beautiful lakes, peaks, scenic roads and bridges. To be clear we do NOT plan to enter Wind Cave itself, just the surrounding park area. There is so much to see, so we made this an extended field trip. Sack lunches are available for purchase on the registration form when you sign up for this field trip, allowing the group to stay as long as possible in the area. We will return by 1:00 pm for afternoon sessions.

Time: Friday, September 22, 2017 5:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: Expect to split the driving costs (gas, vehicle wear and tear, National Park Pass/SD State Park Pass – if we can’t find one for each car) estimated at $25 per person with no National or State park passes in a car of four people. A sack lunch will be an additional purchase on the registration form.

Bring: Equipment for wildlife and landscapes, including a tripod. There will be minimal walking, but be prepared to get in and out of the cars often. We suggest you be sure to bring plenty of memory cards. Oh, and don’t forget sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen and bug repellant.

Limited to 30 participants.

 


CHAPEL IN THE HILLS (STAVKIRKE) & BIRDS OF PREY

Jan Hines and Karla Denison will be leading a group across town to Rapid City’s Chapel in the Hills (http://www.chapel-in-the-hills.org/about.html). Here, field trip participants will find an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway; an authentic grass-roofed storehouse; and an authentic log cabin built by a Norwegian prospector in the 1800’s gold rush – all nestled into the quiet woods on the west end of Rapid City. Also, field trip participants will find volunteers and birds from the Black Hills Raptor Center (http://www.blackhillsraptorcenter.org/). Currently, the center has screech owls, a short-eared owl, a ferruginous hawk, a red-tailed hawk and a kestrel. They are hoping to bring all the birds to this event, but the birds used for the field trip will depend on their condition (molting birds are not so pretty) and their temperament. Maggie and John from the Black Hills Raptor Center always do a great job of presenting their birds and we’re sure you’ll get great shots here.

Time: Friday, September 22, 2017 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: $25 per person ($5 will be donated to Chapel in the Hills and $20 will be donated to the Black Hills Raptor Center)

Bring: Telephoto, normal and macro lenses for the birds; wide-angle lens for the architectural photography in and around the church, and a tripod for both. It’s always a good idea to bring sunscreen, bug repellant, and water.

Limited to 30 participants.

*** Images of the birds from the Black Hills Raptor Center may be used for personal use ONLY. These images cannot be sold. 

 


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BEAR BUTTE & NATIVE AMERICAN DANCING

Bear Butte or Mato Paha (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/bear-butte/) is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. It is sacred to both the Sioux and the Cheyenne peoples who come here to hold religious ceremonies. The mountain’s distinctive shape and location, which is separated from the rest of the Black Hills by over a mile, has made it a landmark for centuries. April Oedekoven and Deb Zimmerman will lead a group to photograph Bear Butte at sunrise, then from a variety of angles (including the iconic barn). We will move closer to the mountain to photograph William Stewart and his daughter (and perhaps a drummer if we have enough participants) dressed in their authentic, intricate Lakota regalia as they perform traditional Sioux dances for us.

Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017 5:00 am – 11:00 am

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: Expect to split the driving costs (gas, vehicle wear and tear) estimated at $10 per person in a car of four people; and $20 modeling fee per field trip participant for our performers.

Bring: Landscape, portrait and macro photography equipment. It would be good to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and water.

Limited to 30 participants.

 


ART ALLEY & DOWNTOWN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Downtown Rapid City has many delightful surprises – such as presidential statues and rock carvings around the Main Street Square, along with street art, art museums and galleries. Dave Zuhr and Eva Bareis will walk * with the field trip participants from the convention hotel to nearby Art Alley (artalleyrc.com/art-alley-guild.html) where we will have at least one (maybe more) painter creating his/her street art. Photographers are encouraged to photograph both our painter in progress and the other works in the alley. When the participants have finished photographing Art Alley, they will be given an annotated map and coupons for galleries and shops in the downtown area of Rapid City to photograph, explore and taste at their own pace. Don’t forget the opportunity to do some street photography – a Saturday in September is often a delightful time in downtown Rapid City full of laughing children and colorful characters.

* For participants who can’t make the walk, we will try to find you a spot close by to park your car.

Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:30 pm – (on your own time)

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: $5, which will be donated to Art Alley

Bring: Your best street photography and architectural photography equipment, and a little cash in case something you see in one of the shops MUST go home with you. Also, please bring an umbrella to make sure it doesn’t rain!

Limited to 30 participants.

 


MOUNT RUSHMORE AT SUNRISE

You can’t come to the Black Hills and not go to Mount Rushmore. One of the best times to photograph the monument is at sunrise – catching that warm rosy glow. So, for those who don’t have their memory cards filled, we offer an informal field trip to Mount Rushmore (https://www.nps.gov/moru/learn/index.htm) on Sunday morning. We will help organize carpools to minimize parking fees, but those who wish to go on from Mount Rushmore can drive their own vehicles. We will photograph with the early morning light, catch breakfast at the restaurant on-site, and then return to the hotel for those who carpooled. Linda Geyer will lead this last field trip and time to socialize.

Time: Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:00 am – 10:00 am

Meeting Point: Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza hotel lobby

Cost: Expect to split the driving costs (gas, vehicle wear and tear) estimated at $10 per person in a car of four people purchasing one entrance fee) or pay a $10 per vehicle entrance fee if driving separately. Seniors 62 and over $5 entrance fee.

Bring: Landscape equipment and telephoto lenses.

 


***The carpooling costs associated with these field trips are based on a vehicle with four people. This amount could vary based on how many participants car pool and if the driver already has a park pass or if one will need to be obtained. Please visit each park website for more information on park entry fees. Carpooling is needed to limit the impact on traffic and parking. ***