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In 2019, this 7th Circle B photography trip will offer many opportunities to shoot wildlife and landscapes within several great refuges and wildlife areas in Florida.  As for every previous Circle B trip, this one will also be a little different.  

2019 03 Circle B field trip image webThis time we will focus on only two bases of operations - the first location will be the Wakulla Lodge including their beautiful jungle cruise and shooting sunrise and wildlife at St Marks NWR.

The second base of operations will be the Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland with easy access to Mirror Lake and the beautiful birds that occupy this location.

It also offers easy access to Circle B Bar Preserve (described as the most diverse photography location in Florida and, as stated recently by photographer John Gerlach: “Of all the places I have photographed birds this is easily one of the very the best”:   Gerlach Circle B Gallery.) . 

We will spend other days taking short drives to other areas in central and coastal Florida to include Gatorland, Ft. Desoto Park, Honeymoon Island, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Orlando Wetlands, and Lake Apopka Wildlife drive, but returning each evening to Lakeland and the very relaxing Terrace Hotel.

Itinerary:

2019 03 Circle B field trip sandhills webDay1: Travel to Wakulla Springs Lodge, just south of Tallahassee.  After checking in we will have a ride through the springs on their Jungle Cruise which offers great opportunities for birds, alligators and landscapes.  Those interested may also want to take the short drive to St Marks area for some dusk and night photography, a great “dark sky” area.

Day 2: Sunrise at St. Marks with good opportunities for nesting eagles, waterfowl, an occasional bobcat, and landscapes: St Marks Gallery/ .   

After an hour or so at St. Marks we will head south to Lakeland and check in at the Terrace Hotel.  Rest of your day can be spent at the incredible community of birds that occur regularly at Lake Morton or make a short hop to Circle B to shoot evening activity of wildlife (maybe bobcat and certainly armadillos), likely owls, landscapes and other birds. 

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Day 3: Head over to Gatorland for early and dawn to dusk shooting.  We will enter under a photographer’s pass that will allow us to get in 2 hours before the doors open and stay a couple of hours late in the day after they close.  During mid-day we will visit the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and take a loop on the wildlife drive around Lake Apopka.  Then return to Gatorland for dusk shooting.

Day 4: Go over to Ft Desoto Park.  This has always been a dependable location for a lot of wading and shore birds, nesting owls and landscapes.   Then mid-day we’ll head over to other Audubon Trail locations around the Tampa Bay area including McKay Bay Nature Trail, Lettuce Park, and others as time allows.  Plan to end the day with a sunset shoot along the coast.

Day 5: This will be a sunrise shoot at Lake Hancock at the Circle B and an opportunity to complete any of the trails you did not complete on the first afternoon at the preserve.  Mid-day, if desired, take a tour of the Bok Tower Gardens.  Later return to Circle B for additional opportunities to catch bobcat and other wildlife.

Day 6:  Return to Atlanta

Cost of the trip which includes lodging at the Wakulla Lodge and 4 nights at the Terrace Hotel, Jungle Cruise Trip, and Special Photographer’s Pass at Gatorland is:

Per Person GNPA Fee:  $239

Room Fee per Person:

  • SINGLE ROOM: $800
  • DOUBLE ROOM $500
Per Person Total Fee:
  • Single Room:  $1,039
  • Double Room $   739

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