This page will list planned Gateway field trips. Buz Bragdon is the club's Field Trip Coordinator, contact him with questions and suggestions.
Autumn Foliage Boston
Saturday, Oct. 26
It’s time for New England autumn foliage! The color is world class. We won’t be irritated sitting in heavy highway traffic heading to VT, NH or Western MA when we take the short drive (or the T) to our very own Boston Public Garden for fall foliage viewing and photography.
We will stroll the Public Garden to our hearts content viewing the over 80 different species of colorful exotic trees and beautiful plants. There is a whole afternoon’s worth of photographing in the Public Garden, but for those who want to venture out a little, stroll down the tree lined Commonwealth Ave. Mall. We also can walk over to the Esplanade with its tree lined path along the Charles.
This whole area is beautiful and we can compose with a mixture of cityscapes and people or simply include only the natural world. It will be a delightful day.
A detailed day plan will be sent out to the signed up group. Five members minimum.
Sign up on our website. Minimum five GCC members. REGISTRATION LINK
Offered by Buz Bragdon Field Trip Coordinator
Tower Hill Field Trip
Tower Hill’s annual celebration of lights and winter’s arrival opens Thanksgiving weekend. It showcases thousands of lights that create enchanting landscapes with varying themes and color palettes. Last year, the themes were: Nordic Nature, Tyrolian Fantasy, and Midnight Clear. Outside, the lawn garden featured colors of the sunset, while the secret garden reflected the cooler colors of snow. A firefly forest was lit with tiny green lights that fluttered about, and there was a long rainbow tunnel of lights. Photos are available on their website at www.towerhillbg.org (events, night lights).
Inside, visitors can warm up, eat at the Farmer and the Fork Cafe, or check out the model trains and the towering tree made out of bromeliad plants.
On Saturday evening December 7, a group of us will be going. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and sell out quickly. Tickets cost $19 per adult or $14 if purchased by a Tower Hill garden member. Each member can purchase up to 6 tickets at the discounted rate. Senior rates are $14 or $10 to members. Tickets are sold for entry times, which are every 15 minutes beginning at 4 pm.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 15. Until then, only members of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden may buy tickets. The 4:00 pm tickets for Dec. 7 are already sold out. However, tickets remain for 4:15, 4:30, etc. The event ends at 10 pm.
I suggest that individuals buy tickets for any time between 4:15 and 5:45, so that we can all meet inside at 6. If you are a member or know a member who can purchase tickets for you for Dec. 7 at one of those times, go ahead and purchase them, then email me at email@example.com to let me know that you plan to attend. Otherwise, you may email me to request that I purchase tickets for you. There is a group coordinator at Tower Hill who will allow me to purchase additional tickets at the discounted rate.
For more information and to purchase tickets please see www.towerhillbg.org/night-lights-2019.
This is a chance for you and (or not) your significant other to have fun together with
Gateway folks. Come join us! Tickets will sell out fast. Please decide quickly!
Route 16 “Strip Trip”
Stretching from the Sherborn town line to the Wellesley town line, route 16 (Eliot St.) in South Natick links several diverse and lovely spots to relax, get some fresh air and photograph including; wildlife sanctuary…riverfront ……dam …stone arch bridge …park…wooded walking trails…open fields…organic farm with animals...it’s all there.
One can spend an hour or a day. I won’t even mention the eclectic coffee shop right on the route because it will just distract us. Go at different times of the year and different times of day. During or after a snowfall would be an extra special time. (Safety always being considered before starting out.) A clear, bright blue sky day is also inviting.
This trip is an ongoing, self guided, local destination. Go by yourself or write to the membership to announce that you're going and invite others. After a visit to one or more stops on "the strip", please send out a short note describing anything interesting that you saw. Report any changes, closings, construction, special events, etc.
We have started a rotating photo gallery - Route 16 Strip Trip Images. Go to My Account - My Galleries and add your images.
I am often available to lead a group. You can write to me with questions about the area.
Buz Bragdon, Field Trip Coordinator - Click Here to Email Buz
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Group
Great Meadows NWR Concord - 179 Monsen Road, Concord, MA which is off of Route 62 - will be the primary area to explore. As you get familiar with the area, you may want to venture to other nearby attractions such as the Revolutionary sites including the Old Manse, the North Bridge, etc. And probably other nice spots will be discovered when you spend time in the area.
One thing is for sure, you may want to head to Main Streets Café in downtown Concord after the photography outing. Anyone who has been there will know why. Another after trip area worth visiting is Verrill Farm at Nine Acre Corner (Rt 117 & Sudbury/Concord Rd) which at times is also an interesting photographic site as well as a great farm stand and good place to eat.