This page will list planned Gateway field trips. Buz Bragdon is the club's Field Trip Coordinator, contact him with questions and suggestions.


Field Trip - Saturday May 4th - Southwick Zoo

We will Visit Southwick's Zoo Saturday May 4, 2019. Southwick’s Zoo has a vast collection of animals and birds in 200 acres of wooded habitat, with a park like feel. My personal favorites are the tigers, lions and Cheetahs. The zoo is in a rural convenient area and parking is easy, close and free. There is a fee to enter the zoo.  Tripods are allowed if they don’t interfere with other zoo visitors. 

    We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon photographing big cats, birds, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, deer, etc.  We can also check the schedule for presentations, feedings, keeper talks, and animal interaction opportunities.  (You won’t be able to touch the animals, except in the petting zoo). There is also a great wooded section where you can feed and photograph roaming  deer (another one of my favorites)! You can get great images with a reachable regular telephoto lens in most cases.  Even more assuredly, we’ll have a fun time in the fresh air and learning something about nature and wildlife.

In the afternoon, we’ll regroup at Sharon Colacino’s home nearby for lunch, birding and socializing. We will order pizzas and / or pot luck. We can photograph a variety of local birds and hopefully Hummingbirds. 

Rain date:  Sun., May 5. 2019 

Signup HERE

Offered by Buz Bragdon, Field Trip Coordinator and Sharon Colacino (Adventure SIG Coordinator) 





Watch City Steampunk Festival

Sat. May 11, 2019

 I’ve never seen steampunk, but it looks so interesting and different.  I’m expecting to do mostly environmental portraits.  And for those of us who hesitate to do street photography because we aren’t sure how the subject will react, these people will relish the spotlight. 

Let’s meet on the Waltham Common to take in a large steampunk festival.  I won’t be forming a group list for this trip, but if you e-mail me that you’re attending, we can look for each other. It will be fun to hang with fellow Gateway members at this event.  Some have already said that they plan to attend.  I plan to be parked before the starting time of 10:00 AM.

What is steampunk?

At its core, steampunk asks the question, “What would the world look like if modern technology were available when steam was king, corsets were mandatory and man was just learning to fly?”

“It’s the Victorian industrial-era vision of what the future might look like, if the books of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne came true: clockwork robots and flying off on an airship for a spot of tea. It’s sci-fi and whimsy in a blender. It’s the Victorian look, but with rayguns.”


Offered by Buz Bragdon, Field Trip Coordinator



Adventure Photography Special Interest Group


E-mail me if you are interested in joining the SIG for future paddling, hiking and snowshoeing trips. Click HERE to email me. 

Sharon Colacino



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’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.








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