Lotus at Perry’s Water Gardens – Photo Outing

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    Alan Hunt

      UPDATED: (the Bird Rock Falls area will be unavailable Monday, June 27 because the landowner is hosting a retreat. Instead we will go to Perry’s Water Gardens in Franklin, NC.)

      Perry’s Water Gardens Photo Outing

      Photographing lotus and water lilies

      Monday, June 27, 7:00 AM until late afternoon

      Brief Description – We will meet at 6:55 AM at South Broad Park and leave at 7:00 for the two-hour drive to Perry’s Water Gardens in Franklin, NC. We will arrive by 9:00. The water lilies and lotus grow in several ponds with parking adjacent to the area.

      What’s there? – A number of ponds and pools with lotus, water lilies, and other aquatic plants. I have talked to the folks at Perry’s and they say the lotus should be in their prime next week.

      Where? – The South Broad Park parking lot entrance is off of Varsity Street. Varsity Street is the street opposite the Cardinal Drive-in on South Broad Street.

      Lunch – We will eat at a restaurant in Franklin before returning home.

      Level of Difficulty – There is not a lot of walking. The ponds are not shaded, so it could be hot. Water is NOT available on site, so bring plenty of water. You will also want to consider bringing sun screen and insect repellent. Rain gear or an umbrella might be useful in case of showers.

      Recommended Equipment – Some of the lotus and water lilies are in the middle of ponds, and some are growing in tanks where you can get close enough for macro shots. Telephoto, macro and/or mid-range lenses may be helpful. Of course a tripod is also useful.

      Restrooms – There are no restrooms but there is a port-a-potty on site.

      Cost – There is no charge for access to Perry’s Water Gardens, but donations are accepted. I would recommend that you consider leaving a donation. If you car pool, you may want to offer to help with gas.

      Coordinator – Alan Hunt, cell Phone 828-702-8012. Email alan_hunt@comporium.net

      To Participate: Email Alan Hunt and give your name and cell phone number (if you have one and don’t mind sharing).  Please let us know if you are willing to drive/carpool. RSVP if attending.


      Alan Hunt

        We had a great outing to Perry’s Water Gardens last Monday. The light was very nice, the temperatures were in the low 80s, and the lotus were in their prime.

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