NANPA Regional Event--Southern
April 27-30, 2017
Join Dave Hammond and Richard Day in the Shawnee National
Forest and surrounding state parks and natural areas of
southern Illinois to photograph spring wildflowers,
landscapes, limestone bluffs, waterfalls, wildlife, and
more. The Shawnee National Forest totals 286,000 acres where
six natural ecological regions meet, resulting in a
diversity of plant and animal species and unique geological
features. This area of Illinois includes the northernmost
tupelo and cypress swamp in the United States.
Illinois is home to more native wildflower species than the
Great Smoky Mountains; and we’ll visit prime locations known
for spring blooms, such as the Giant City Trillium Trail,
the LaRue-Pine Hills area, and the Rocky Bluff Waterfall
The Southern Illinois Regional Event will introduce
participants to several iconic locations including Camel
Rock at Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and Heron Pond, a
water tupelo and bald cypress swamp with some of the oldest
trees in Illinois.
Photographers Dave Hammond and Richard Day have lived in
southern Illinois all of their lives. They grew up hiking
and picnicking in these parks as children and have
photographed them extensively in their adult years. This
Event is timed for peak wildflower bloom, spring bird and
reptile migrations, and early spring landscapes in the rocky
and swampy regions.
What to Expect-
This tour is designed for anyone interested in improving their photography
skills and receiving valuable coaching, as well as professionals interested in
capturing images of this unique region of Illinois. Participants will be divided
into groups to ensure top shooting locations in the area. This tour is limited
to 30 participants (We have additional leaders standing by if needed) to give
time with each instructor and to retain flexibility based on weather and the
Just the Facts –
Date: April 27-30 (Check-in Thursday, April 27 @ 6:00 p.m.)
Cost: $395 NANPA member, $595 non-members (Sunday Brunch
Location: Southern Illinois Parks & Shawnee National
Forest (Marion, IL)
Last date to register: April 17, 2017
Maximum number attendees: 30
Shaw Photography Series-Shaw Nature Reserve
August 5, 2017 9am to 4pm
Intermediate. Join backyard wildlife specialists Richard and Susan Day and learn
how to photograph butterflies and dragonflies. During the morning classroom
session Richard will offer tips on creating pleasing photos, explain equipment
needed, use of flash, how to approach your subject, where to find butterflies
and dragonflies, and show species you’re likely to see during the workshop.
There will be morning and afternoon shooting sessions with hands-on instruction
and feedback in the field. In late afternoon we’ll return to the classroom where
Susan will give a short presentation on plants that attract butterflies. The
workshop ends with a final wrap-up with time for questions and answers. Supply
list provided at registration. Lunch provided. Equipment needed for workshop:
DSLR camera macro or a lens that focuses 4-5’ or less flash tripod or monopod.
Designed for adults only.
Registration ends July 30 at 5 p.m.
Please read and print prior to class
Equipment needed for workshop: DSLR camera macro or a lens that focuses 4-5’ or
less flash tripod or monopod.
Individual Backyard Bird Photography at the Daybreak Sanctuary -
Spring and early Summer
We offer exclusive bird photography opportunities for 1-4 people. We will provide blinds and you can photograph orioles, bluebirds, catbirds, cardinals, indigo buntings, goldfinches, and other backyard birds in our flower gardens or at feeders. We will customize your photo adventure, and we offer day rates with or without photo instruction. Contact us
to book your date.
Camera Club Special/Photographers group -
Butterfly & Dragonfly Photography Field Trips at the Daybreak Sanctuary
Each July and August we offer camera clubs a special photo package where participants have the opportunity to photograph butterflies and dragonflies all day at our Sanctuary. These field trips are timed when the most butterflies and dragonflies fly - approximately 30 species can be photographed in one day. Participants can photograph anywhere on our Sanctuary - butterflies in our extensive gardens and prairie or dragonflies at 2 different wetlands. Richard begins the day with a short overview on how to photograph butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers. He and Susan are available during the day to help and to answer questions on photography, species ID and gardening or habitat questions. Limited to 15 participants. Minimum 8. Now booking dates for 2014 - these popular field trips book early! Contact us
for more info and to reserve your date.
OTHER PROGRAMS & INSTRUCTION
Daybreak Imagery offers programs and workshops for conferences, festivals, and events on a variety of topics including:
A Celebration of Wings - features our award-winning photographs to celebrate the beauty, splendor and natural history of birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. The finale is accompanied by music.
Creating Habitats for Backyard Wildlife - Nearly every yard can attract some form of wildlife if you follow a few basic guidelines. We'll show you how to assess your yard, learn what's possible to attract in your space, and what improvements you can do to make it irresistible to birds, butterflies, or other backyard critters.
How to Create a Bird & Butterfly Garden - this presentation shows how to get started in landscaping your yard for birds and butterflies.
How to Create a Bird Garden - shows you how to get started in landscaping your yard for birds. Includes hummingbird gardening, choosing plants for seed-eating birds such as goldfinches and cardinals, selecting the best trees and bushes for food and shelter suitable for your area, and including water in the landscape.
How to Create a Butterfly Garden - everything you need to know to start and maintain a successful butterfly garden. This program includes basic garden design, what to plant for host and nectar plants, and recommended plants that butterflies can't resist.
How to Create a Hummingbird Garden - everything you need to know to start and maintain a successful hummingbird garden. This program includes basic garden design, what to include (or not!) in a hummingbird garden, and recommended plants that the hummers can't resist. Lots of examples using Daybreak Imagery's beautiful photographs.
The Polar Bears of Churchill - takes you on a photo excursion to the tundra along Hudson Bay as you learn the natural history of North America's largest, most fascinating mammals.
We also offer photography programs and workshops:
- Backyard Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Nature Photography Basics
Please contact us for information on these programs for your club, organization, or conference.
For those wanting personalized one-on-one photography or backyard habitat instruction, please contact us. We'll be happy to customize a workshop or shoot to suit your needs with personal photo instruction, use of our photo blinds, and private tours of our sanctuary.