Guild Photo Outing – Rockwood Conservation – This Saturday!

Hello Guild members!

Very nice to see so many of you at our meeting last night!  As promised, please see below the details for our Guild outing this Saturday at Rockwood Conservation Area.

  • Date: Saturday January 19, 2019
  • Time: 2PM
  • Location: Rockwood Conservation Area – the official address is 161 Fall St S, Guelph/Eramosa, ON N0B 2K0, but this link will direct you to the park entrance.

For those of you who will be joining us, please note the following points:

About the location:
Rockwood Conservation area is a pretty spot near Guelph.  The park has beautiful cliffs, flowing water, beautiful trees, caves/weathered rock, and hopefully some ice on Saturday!  Please be aware, the river may be frozen, but that doesn’t make it safe to walk on.  Also, as you know, icy rock can be hard to identify until you’re stepping on it.  Please be careful as you explore the park, and use caution when standing on or near ice/cliffs.

To learn more about Rockwood Conservation Area, please click the following link to download a brochure for the park.

We’re planning to arrive a bit late in the day in case we find an opportunity to see some sunset light, though the weather may not allow for this!  Either way, sunset should take place around 5:15 PM.

Getting to the Park:
From Guelph, take York road (Highway 7) east bound out of Guelph, and follow this until you pass Guelph Line (~10 minutes drive from Victoria and York).  The next intersection following Guelph Line will be Fall Street S. – turn right and this will take you to the gatehouse.  Alternatively, click here to see the location on google maps.

Rockwood conservation areas has fees for entry.  They have not yet set the 2019 fees, but last year’s fees were $6 per person.  These are typically paid at the gate house or in an envelope (cash only) which goes into a locked box by the gate house on the honour system.  The gatehouse may not be staffed, but I believe the fees are still required for entry.  Payment of any fees for entry is the responsibility of each attending Guild member.

Meet Up Location:
We will meet at the parking lot near the entrance gate.  Once you pass the gatehouse, turn left on valley road (right after the gatehouse) and you will shortly find a parking lot on your left.  I will be there early, and waiting for you all with a bright blue jacket, and a tripod on my car!  Unsure where that is?  Click this link form your cell phone when you arrive at Rockwood and it should show you exactly where I plan on being.

It’s looking like Saturday is going to be a very cold, snowy day, but don’t let that scare you!  Some of the most interesting landscape photos come from poor weather as we learned at last night’s presentation!
As of preparing this email the weather is calling for a high of -13C, a wind chill of -20, and ~5cm of snow. 

If you choose to come please please please dress for the weather – warm jacket, gloves, hat, warm pants (long johns are a treat!) are a must when shooting in cold weather!  For a more up to date weather forecast, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!