Mayslake Outings

Mayslake outings are a great way to have fun shooting, see new places, ask advice of other photographers and share your images on the MLNSPC Yahoo group. We also share stories while enjoying food and drink. Why not join us?

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Club Outing – Lake Renwick

A group met at the Lake Renwick Preserve and Heron Rookery in Plainfield. This site has been listed by the Illinois Audubon Society as the most valuable rookery in Illinois. Here the group was able to take images of nesting cormorants, blue herons, and egrets. This area has also been noted for great horned owls, American white pelicans, eastern bluebirds, purple martins and Baltimore orioles. Access to this area is limited during nesting times, refer to the website for that information. The group finished their morning together with a late breakfast at Larry’s Diner in Plainfield. See the images of this outing on the Lake Renwick Rookery album in Flickr.

Club Outing – Fabyan Japanese Garden

Margaret Eagan from Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley gave an insightful, private tour of the Japanese Tea Garden at the Fabyan Forest Preserve. Our group was able to then take pictures of this lovely garden’s many serene and tranquil elements such as wooden bridges, concrete lanterns, and an authentic tea house to name a few. The paths thru and around the garden enabled us to view the garden from different perspectives to take beautiful landscape images as well as beautiful plant and flower images. The group then explored paths along the Fox River before having lunch at the Country House Restaurant in Geneva. View the images we captured there in the Fabyan Japanese Garden album on Flickr

Club Outing – Franklin Creek Wilderness Area

Several club members, led by Dee Hudson and Bev Bartos visited the Franklin Creek Wilderness Area to photograph the spring flowers and other scenes on a beautiful, bright spring day in May.  Click here to view the the Franklin Creek Wilderness Area images captured by our members.

Club Outing – Fall, Falls, Fungi and Full Moon

Several club members, led by Steve Ornberg visited the western Upper Peninsula in Michigan, near Ontonagon to photograph the fall colors, flowing waterfalls and cascades, fungi and leaves on the forest floor and also capture sunsets and setting full moon over Lake Superior.  It was a week long outing and all had a great time. Images from the outing can be seen in the Fall, Falls, Fungi and Full Moon album on the MNSPC Yahoo site (MNSPC membership required to view photos).

De Kalb Barn Night Photography

Noriko Buckles arranged for MNSPC members to gather at homestead of Joe and Kari in De Kalb on the night of September 20th to try night photography techniques that Steve Ornberg learned on his Night Photography Seminar.  We had a fun time experimenting with light painting using a head lamp.  See more photos from the night at the De Kalb Barn Night Photography album on the MNSPC Yahoo site (MNSPC membership required to view photos)

Got a place you love to go?

Want to share it with Mayslake members?

Then why not lead an Outing!

Email Barbara Dunn at and let her know.