Photo Outings for 2019

Each month MAPS selects a location around the Chicagoland area to go for a Photo Outing. The major theme for these outings is nature. We select one outing per month and you can see when and where we go in the Calendar.  Please note that you can sign up for each event as listed below by following the specified link, and also note that by signing up for each event you are agreeing to the MAPS Photo Outing Waiver of Liability.

Photo outing: Starved Rock via motor coach, Oct 19, 2019 7 am – 4 pm

We will board a 28 passenger mini coach on the far East side of the parking lot (closest to route 53) at the Super Walmart in Glen Ellyn (about ¾ mile north of the Arboretum, on Route 53):  3s100 Route 53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

This bus will leave sharply at 7 am so please get there early and check in. We should arrive
between 9:30 – 10 am at the Visitor Center to start our adventure. For those who want to,
lunch will be at the Lodge. At the end of our hike, we will board the bus for the return trip at 2pm and should arrive at the Walmart parking lot by 4:00 pm.

Possible canyons to visit: Kickapoo, Sac, Aurora, French, Wildcat as well as overlook’s Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff. We will be divided into groups to go into different directions. A clearer agenda will be created at a future date where we can meet and discuss your preferences.

Host: Larry Golla
Cost: $30/person – Write check payable to Lawrence Golla, MAPS by September 15, 2019.
Limits: Maximum of 28, so get your reservations in early. If there is enough room you may
bring a guest with you.
Contact: for any questions.
Mail to: Lawrence Golla
40 South Main St. 3A
Glen Ellyn Illinois, 60137

A signed waiver must be presented before boarding the bus. You can download the form here:
outing-waiver-of-liability1.pdf. Print and sign and bring it with you or mail it with your check.

Sign up for this outing Click Here

Photo outing: Thursday Sept. 12, 2019: Heritage Village, Lockport, IL

Five people had the opportunity to photograph the interiors of the Calaboose, Wells Corner One-Room Schoolhouse, Greenho Farmhouse, Wabash Railroad Depot, and the Smokehouse.  Antique dolls, furniture, looms, pianos, kitchen tools, covered bed, stoves, glasses, books, bells, maps, travel gear and much more.  Hundreds of images using wide angle and macro photography were taken by those lucky members. 

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Photo Outing- Saturday, Aug. 24, Nina Koziol Garden in Palos Park

Nine people were in awe photographing all the flowers, plants, and interesting objects in Nina’s garden. Her garden is absolutely huge and even though it is late in the season for some flowers, the photographic opportunity was there waiting for us.  It was a cool morning for an early start but soon the sun peaked over the tops of the trees from the east to brighten up the garden for some excellent shooting.   

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Photo Outing- Saturday, Aug. 10, parking opens @ 9:30am, Illinois Railway Museum

On Saturday August 10th, MAPS members traveled to Union, IL to visit the Illinois Railway Museum and the Diesel Days event. The warm, dry weather allowed our MAPS photographers to investigate and explore the grounds and events at Diesel Days. We explored the grounds and the many operating diesels, steam locomotives, and railroad equipment offered by the museum. Diesels operated throughout the day and were switched between trains or yard work throughout the day. Some members explored the backlots and train sheds in depth to obtain their own unique photos from the day. When members got warm, they were able to enjoy an ice cream, beverage, or a burger at the Diner on-site.

Everyone who visited enjoyed the warm weather and Diesel Day event at the Museum. Several MAPS members stayed into the late afternoon hours, continuing their exploration and photographic possibilities.

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Photo Outing- Saturday, July 13 – 8:00-11:00am, Chicago Botanic Garden

Fifteen MAPS members visited the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a hot day and difficult to find shade but there was beauty all around. The gardens were spectacular.  We met at the Visitor Center by 8:00 AM. The members paired off or went individually to photograph the 385 acres of various gardens.  There was the Daylily Society daylily Show and the Bromeliad Society Show to visit.  In fact, there were gorgeous displays of colorful daylilies in the Landscape and Lakeside gardens.  Some members captured the rainbow from the Esplanade fountain! Some of the flowers displayed were Weigela, Speedwell, Meadow rue, Roses, Clematis, Cone flowers, Lilies and more than you can photograph in a few short hours.

At the end members met for refreshments, lunch, and good conversation in the coolness of the garden’s restaurant. We’re sure each one was able to capture some of the beauty in their lens. We are so blessed to have the Morton Arboretum and the Botanic Garden so readily available to our members.

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June 27, 2019: Little Red School House with Mark Hanna

A very beautiful morning greeted 9 MAPS members for the wild life photo shoot at the Little Red School House.  Members were able to point their lenses to Ospry, Green Herons, Frogs, Song birds such as Gold Finches, Orioles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and even a couple pairs of Humming birds.

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June 20th, 2019: Brookfield Zoo with Jim Schulz

The rain ceased early Thursday morning just before Jim Schulz met with 27 members at the South gate employee entrance at 9:30 AM for a fabulous opportunity of photography.  Jim led the group to the Southwest area of the zoo to visit the Great Bear Wilderness, Habitat Africa, the Savannah, as well as Feathers and Scales. Along the way we photographed some Peacocks with new chicks, and pelicans, at the Formal Pool. Passing through the Great Bear Wilderness we photographed Bison, African Painted Dog, Reticulated Giraffe, an Eagle, a Wolf, Polar Bear, and Grizzly Bear. Around 11:30 AM Jim left the group at the Feathers and Scales building where we were shooting tropical bird species, snakes, and lizards.

Everybody had a great time.  Some of the members continued shooting other animals at the zoo.  Next spring we hope to meet Jim with a smaller group to see “behind the scenes” action at the zoo!

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May 18, McDowell Grove in Naperville

Approximately seventeen MAPS members gathered for a photo outing at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville on Saturday May 18, 2019. The weather turned out to be excellent for a photographic outing. Some of the members walked to Mud Lake on the north end of the park. Falwell Dam, a limestone dam constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps on the West Branch of the DuPage River and situated at the south end of the park was visited by several of our photographers. Along the three mile stretch of the West Branch of the DuPage River there were numerous opportunities to obtain river landscape images. A variety of songbirds were noted at several locations within the park.

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June 1,2019: Wolf Road Prairie, Westchester

A handful of MAPS members drove to Wolf Rd. Prairie to capture images in this unique spot paved with sidewalks during the Great Depression. There were several varieties of wildflowers as well as a few birds that captured our interest, This prairies is a great spot all during the summer months. Something new is always blooming every week. After the outing we went to Butterfields for food and conversation.

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April 13, Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery, Villa Park

More than 20 MAPS members met at Hausermann’s Orchid Nursery. They were generous to let us come in early before they opened to the public. Many of us found favorite blooms that were photographed for nearly two hours using our elaborate set-ups. Others wanted to take images of every different kind of orchid Hausermanns had to offer. Afterward about half the participants went out to brunch.

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March 23 2019 – Black and White Macro Outing @ ProCAM

Twenty five MAPS members enjoyed a morning of experimenting with different lighting scenarios set up in the spacious PROCAM photo studio in Aurora.  A big THANK YOU is extended to Bill for his demonstration on lighting, lighting effects, tripods, and hints on macro photography.  Members were also awarded 10% discounts on purchases and equipment rentals. Two of our members won a raffle and Facebook selfie contest for cash!

Several members of the group brought and shared nature-related props such as shells, flowers and dried leaves to pair with antique watches, cameras and containers. Everyone designed their own setup to photograph and after making their way around the tables. All were all treated to a pizza lunch generously provided by PROCAM. Thank you again, PROCAM, for providing MAPS with the opportunity to work with indoor lighting and a place to shoot nature indoors!

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March 27, 2019 – Rock Run Rookery Outing

Fifteen members chose this beautiful Wednesday morning to photograph the Rock Run Rookery Preserve.  The submerging loon, coots, turkey vultures, herons, and geese entertained the crowd for a couple of hours.   Some members also visited surrounding locations such as McKinley Woods to try their luck for pelicans.

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