Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule


Monthly Presentations

Date Presenter Topic Location
September 15, 2021 Wayne Simpson – TBD Virtual Meeting by ZOOM
October 20, 2021 Andrew Morse – Virtual Meeting by ZOOM
November 17, 2021 Peter Baumgarten – By Path or Paddle – Photographing the Natural World Virtual Meeting by ZOOM
December, 2021 Social Event
January 19, 2022 Lee Nordbye –

Lee will showcase the bold images behind the stories. Virtual Meeting by ZOOM
February 16, 2022 Philip Maher —

Twitter account – @mercytraveller.

Website –

Philip Maher’s camera work and skill as a media relations specialist has been his passport to more than 85 countries. Philip will share his experiences and photography having worked in some of the harshest environments. Because of current restrictions, this may be a virtual meeting by ZOOM.
March 16, 2022 Member’s presentations: Three or four 20-30 minute presentations from GPG members

2022 Members’ Presentation – March 16

We will be hosting a ‘Members’ Night’ featuring a number of member presentations. Please join us for this very special evening of:

Cloud Forest to Jungle: A November Excursion to Four Eco-Reserves of Costa Rica – Dianne Greenwood, John Greenwood and Hamish Duthie.

The Land that Never Melts” Traversing the Akshayuk; Pass In Baffin Islands’; Auyuittuq National Park: A Photographic Presentation by Scott Grigsby-Lehmann

A trio of themes to hopefully pique your interest, by Noel Upfield.

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
683 Woolwich Street,
Guelph, ON
N1H 3Y8

Room 4

April 19, 2022 Photographing Wildlife – The Art of Observation: April 19, 2022

7 pm

Photographing Wildlife – The Art of Observation: April 19, 2022 — 7 pm

Everyone enjoys images of Wildlife. James’ presentation will tie together setting the scene, anticipating your subject, and framing your image for the shot. We all know it’s about the light and learning the Art of Observation ties it all together. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
683 Woolwich Street,
Guelph, ON
N1H 3Y8

Room 4

May 17 2022 Marlis Butcher: Exploring Qausuittuq National Park in the High Arctic — 7:30 pm
Exploring Qausuittuq Nat. Park: May 17, 2022 — 7:30 pm
Marlis Butcher is an environmental conservationist and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and of The Explorers Club. In July 2019 Marlis became the first visitor to bag (visit) all 47 Canadian national parks, 1/3 of which have no road access. To share the park experience and encourage appreciation of these natural wonders, she published her first book “Park Bagger – Adventures in the Canadian National Parks”, a collection of short stories of adventure and discovery. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
683 Woolwich Street,
Guelph, ON
N1H 3Y8

Room 4

June 15, 2022 TBD

Please note: all scheduled presentations are subject to change.  Links for Virtual ZOOM meetings will be sent to member email addresses shortly before the event.

Monthly Workshops and Gatherings

Month Planned Outing/Workshop
September TBD
October Guelph Night Photography
November Guelph Arboretum
December TBD

“In Your Backyard”, with lots of latitude as to what constitutes your backyard, so that those with no or small backyards can feel free to go further afield, while staying relatively local. For instance, “your backyard” could be anything in a radius of your determination, from where you are standing (to use Freeman Patterson’s idea). To further refine the mission let’s specify things that are animate or not, and not necessarily your pet.
Please note that if you have a photo for which you would like feedback, but does not fit the theme, we will be happy to include it in the session. Please see the listing on the Events page.

February February 12th Riverside Park Photo Walk – 10 am

Come one come all

February 12th – 10am at Riverside park off of Woolwich St. Please be prepared for winter conditions – cleats are recommended.

Best place to park: near the Children’s playground – enter into the Park off of Woolwich.  The road is a one way and there is angle parking along that roadway. We’ll meet in the parking area — look for a car with either helium balloons or a tripod on the roof of the car. The idea is to walk along the Speed River (Northbound) and shoot whatever catches your eye – birds, mammals, frozen ice on the river, people candids [Stu, Janice, Michael, Dianne, Gord, — any such untamed and un-domesticated species that you might want to document for posterity 😉 ], etc.
We would like to do this as a group, but if you cannot make this time/date, please feel free to do this outing at a time that is convenient for you.
Ideally, we would like to present these images at the following Critique session on Feb. 23rd.
Please note that if you would prefer NOT to have comments on your images, then the Critique session is not the place for those images. All images submitted will be commented on (critiqued) by those in attendance.

March TBD
April McLean’s Auto Wreckers
Apr 30 at 9:30 am – 12.30 pm.

For our April club outing , we’ve booked
McLean’s Auto Wreckers
Apr 30 at 9:30 am – 12.30 pm. (you can stay later if you so desire)

The address is as follows: (see map attached)
12456–12598 4th Line
Rockwood, ON

Meet up time at McClean’s Auto Wreckers, is 9:30 am. on Sat April 30th, 2022

For those not familiar, this is just east of Guelph on the 4th Line, with ample opportunities for abstracts, rust, nature (NB: it’s early spring), maybe some birds and landscapes, though the latter two might be hit or miss.  McLean’s is a well know and well respected photo location with area photo clubs, with ample opportunities for some creative photography. Good boots are recommended. So far the weather is promising 9° C and sunny, but we may want to consider a rain-date of May 7, just in case.

Parking:  car pooling is strongly encouraged, as parking is very limited.  The Town Of Milton has placed NO PARKING signs along the Fourth Line.  We can park on the side of the driveway leading up to Mr. John McLean’s house, on the grass – weather permitting.

Suggested gear: any camera, normal, kit lens, wide angle and or short to mid zoom lenses; a tripod and flash may be useful.

We’ll each be required to sign a non-indemnity waiver (to be supplied by the club on the morning of the outing), and though they do not charge, McLean’s is very welcoming of visits from photo clubs, so a “donation” of $5 to $10 each would be appropriate. Please bring the correct amount in cash only, as there are no bank machines, and making change will be difficult.

Please indicate your commitment to this outing by email ASAP. Once we have 8 to12 people, it’ll be a go.

Looking forward to seeing you all at this McLean’s visit, and to getting out for another great photo-op.

May For our May outing, we are going to do something a bit different with regards to time.
The plan is to visit the Woolwich Dam and Reservoir, but at a new timeslot of 5:30 pm rather than our usual morning outings.
This will allow for better light, which can give better wildlife/bird, and landscape opportunities.

So here are the details:
May 14 th, with a rain date of May 21.
Woolwich Dam and Reservoir — 5:30 pm (Elmira Lions Lake Trail)
7224 Reids Woods Drive , Floradale, ON
Trail length: 7 km loop. There is one outhouse, roughly at the half-way point. Entrance to the trail and parking are free. The trail is an easy (mostly flat), well-maintained single track earthen trail encircling the Woolwich Reservoir, with bridges traversing wet areas.

There are three parking lots, but for organization it would be best to all meet at the main parking lot at 7224 Reids Woods Drive , Floradale. Once you turn in off Reid Woods Drive, you can drive all the way in to the dam. The gates close at 8pm, and be warned, your car MUST BE out of the lot before the gates are closed.
We can all meet there by the dam, between 5:15 and 5:30 pm, and walk eastward, over the dam towards the maple bush and sugar shack. There is no compulsion to finish the loop, that’s up to individual discretion. Depending on the weather, the trail can be muddy, so good boots are recommended.

(If you want to check this out, search Google maps for Woolwich Dam and Reservoir, or look at the listing for Elmira Lions Lake Trail on the All Trails app. On both you will get more descriptions as well as images posted by users.)

Suggested gear: any camera, normal, kit lens, wide angle and or short to mid zoom lenses, and or your fav birding lens; a tripod and flash may be useful.

This is a 30 min drive from Guelph. (NOTE: Road 86 is closed in Elmira) Take Elmira Rd (Road 86) north, turn right on Northfield Dr., and the first left marked roadway is Reids Woods Drive. Take Reid Woods Dr. north, past Arthur St. The entrance is on your right a bit past Canagagigue Creek. Do not park in that first small lot, continue past the gate to the main lot right beside the dam. See map link below:

Woolwich Dam and Reservoir
(519) 621-2761

Looking forward to seeing you all for another great GPG photo walk.


Our June Photo outing will be to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, on June 18th at 10 am., for a 2-hour session.

This will require some quick decision making from everyone that would like to attend. We need to book tickets in advance, so have planned this for later in June. If you are interested we will need an RSVP as soon as you can. Once we have commitments from 15 members, we will then email those folks requesting an e-transfrer of the funds immediately to Michael, and we will then book those tickets. If we have more than the 15, we will book additional tickets for the next time slot (12 noon).

In order to get a block of tickets on the same day and time, we all need to jump at this opportunity right away, so that we can get a good idea of how many are interested. So, haul out your keyboard and start typing those RSVPs right away folks! Once the first 15 are on board, we’ll get an email out to them to send funds for booking.

Here are the details:

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
June 18, 2022 — 10 am to 12 noon.

Seniors (65+): $18.08 taxes in
Adults: $23.73 taxes in

Camera and flash are allowed. Absolutely no tripods or monopods.
Absolutely no photographs of visitors are allowed. Butterflies and plants only.

Map is here:

Please Note: all scheduled outings are subject to change.

The Guild has regular meetings usually on the third Wednesday of the month. 7:00 PM at the
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
683 Woolwich Street,
Guelph, ON
N1H 3Y8
Room 4.

Currently we are running hybrid in-person meetings, while also using Zoom.