Hillcrest Camera Club - Speaker - John Thackeray - Tue 2nd Oct 2018

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Friday, November 16, 2018 Under: Speaker

Hi everyone, 

Please be reminded about the club outing to Benvie Gardens, this Sunday, 30th September. Reports are that the azaleas and clivias are flowering beautifully, so it should be a sight to see! 
Our speaker on Tuesday is John Thackeray. 

1. Speaker - John Thackeray

John will share his photos and experiences of his recent trip to the Kgalagadi. John is an excellent wildlife and landscape photographer, and always produces exceptional work. John will be sharing how he prepares for specific shots, and what his approach is. He will also show us some “before and after” photos. 

This is going to be an excellent meeting, and well worth hearing John speak, and seeing his work. John used to be a member of Hillcrest Camera Club, but now belongs to Westville Camera Club. 


2. BESET Walk - Sat 29th Seot at 8am

Beset are holding a walk THIS SATURDAY, 29th Sept. Its been a while since they hosted a walk, so take advantage. They will be covering the "Holy Acre" in the Musgrave, Durban area, which sounds intriguing. Bound to be lots of photo opportunities! Starts at 8am, finishes at 10.30am. See the attached article for more info. See you there!

See here for more information. 

3. Outing - Benvie Gardens, Sunday 30th September 2018. 

If you enjoy azaleas, clivias and tall trees, and picnics on the grass, this outing is for you!

Benvie Gardens is only open for a few weeks a year, and is a photographer's dream. There are many idyllic scenes to shoot, of flowers, trees and ponds. There is abundant bird life as well. Insect life should be good too. The gardens are most photogenic. 

When: Sunday 30 September 2018.
Where: Benvie Gardens
Cost: R50 
Time: Gardens open at 9am, close at 4pm - you can arrive from 9am. 
Meet up: In the parking area, or at the start of the walk, or see you around the gardens. 
Picnic Lunch - 1230/1pm, under the trees. 

We will have a picnic lunch under the trees, and make a day of it. They are open at 9am, close at 4pm, so you can stay as long as you want, or as short. The trip is 1.5 hours. The gardens are about 100 kms from Hillcrest, and about 10kms away from  Karkloof  Nature Reserve. (See directions below). 

The roads are not in good condition for part of the way, and only suitable to 4x4's or vehicles that can handle tough roads. As such, we encourage you to car pool, and go together with people who own suitable vehicles. If you can offer your car and are willing to give lifts, please indicate so on the RSVP form. If you would like a lift, please indicate so on the RSVP form. We will work who goes with who once we get the RSVP replies.

Click here to RSVP.

Directions from the N3 at Howick. Take either the Midmar Dam or Tweedie turnoff. Both these roads lead to Howick. Travel along Main Street through Howick until you reach the Rietvlei/Karkloof Road. Continue on tar until road becomes gravel. Your next landmark will be the Mbona gate on your right. Carry straight on as you wind up the hill. Look for the 32 km stone. Then turn right onto the New Hanover/York Road which is signposted. Travel downhill for 3 kilometres. Turn left onto District Road 583. Benvie is signposted at this point and the home is 200m away.

The entry fee is R50 for adults and children are free, for pensioners a reduced entry fee of R30 will apply on all Thursdays.


 Please RSVP, so that we can organise car pooling and lifts. 

Should you wish to contact the owners for more information, or for updates on the flowers, please contact John or Jenny Robinson, 033 502 9090 / 082 4433 805tomrob@mweb.co.za. The gardens are officially open from the 22nd September to 7th October, however they are receiving visitors from now. 

See you at the outing - Benvie Gardens - Sunday 30th Sept 2018
See you at the meeting on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at 7pm. 

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