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Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

Hatfield Forest is well worth a visit at any time of year but is particularly spectacular towards the end of May when thousands, if not billions of buttercups flower in the open meadows with a riot of eye-popping yellow. Ian's other two forums, FTU and Olympus E-System User Group, did this as a group meet several years ago and it's high time we repeated it. I'd like to invite members of this forum too; you do not need an Olympus camera to participate and users of other systems will be warmly welcomed.

The date is Sunday 25th May and I suggest we meet in the car park at the main entrance at 9.00am. Please note that there is a parking charge of £5.00, but free to National Trust members. You can of course arrive later if you wish and we can make arrangements to meet you.

Facilities include toilets and a cafe, which is handy for a coffee break and/or lunch. These are located within the forest, about a half mile walk from the entrance, although you can drive to an adjacent car park if you wish.

Please list your name in this thread if you are interested and do ask if you have any questions.


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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

Thanks John. I'll try to make it but may be away that week. 9.00am will be too early but I'll arrange to meet later if I am coming.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

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Thanks John. I'll try to make it but may be away that week. 9.00am will be too early but I'll arrange to meet later if I am coming.
Hope you can make it, Mike. Arriving later is no problem.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

I visited the Forest today and although the buttercups are showing they are someway yet from peaking, so the original date of Sunday 25th May is probably still OK. The National Trust are promoting the "Buttercup Season" in the Forest as late May/early June.

However, they are unpredicatable flowers and much more of this fine, sunny weather mixed with a few gentle showers could still accelerate their progress.

So I will leave the date as it is (many people have to plan a trip well in advance anyway) but if it looks like the buttercups are going to peak early I might add another impromptu meeting (probably on Saturday 17th May) for those who can make it at short notice.


Early buttercups at Hatfield Forest today (4th May).

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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

The buttercups seem to thrive on the sun and showers we have been experiencing during the past week and are now really quite advanced. I expect they will still be good on the original date of Sunday 25th May but they may well peak next weekend, although it is hard to predict. I therefore propose to stage the meet on the original date, especially as many of you may have planned specially for it, but also run an alternative day next Saturday, 17th May.

Anyone wishing to attend both will be very welcome, but it will give others a choice of days and maybe attract a few more members who can't make 25th.

It will be helpful if those who are interested could indicate which day(s) they are planning to attend. Here is the list of members who have so far expressed interest:-

E-Group

StephenL
andym
Anne (maybe)
PeterBirder
sapper
The Saint (maybe)
Imageryone (maybe)
Willom (maybe)
maccabeej
MargaretR

Four Thirds User Group

Ian
Graham
PeterH
Barrie and Anne

DPnow

Mikej (maybe)


Here are some pictures I took yesterday, in far from ideal light but they do give an indication of how the buttercups are progressing.








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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

Sorry, won't be able to make the meeting now. I look forward to seeing some pics though.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

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Sorry, won't be able to make the meeting now. I look forward to seeing some pics though.
Sorry you can't make it, Mike. We'll try to take some pics worth showing!
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

Hi John - I'm still a bit worried that the show will be over by the 25th

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Hi John - I'm still a bit worried that the show will be over by the 25th

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I don't think the show will be over (unless we have a violent hailstorm, for example) but the buttercups may be past their best and getting a bit "leggy."

I'm intending to run both dates but many people cannot make the 17th so the main attendance will be on the 25th. So far only Peter H on FTU has indicated that he will join me next Saturday but it's easy for me to do both as the location is on my doorstep.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

I might come along on the 17th...

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I might come along on the 17th...

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You're welcome, Ian. I'll try to post an update on the buttercups on Thursday.
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Those Buttercups are fantastic, gorgeous! I actally encourage Buttercups and other wild flowers in an area of our garden - they attract insects and birds as well as looking nice.

The cows are fabulous too. They look as though they're posing for a dairy advert, maybe a dairy advertising a product with a buttery sort of name.

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Those Buttercups are fantastic, gorgeous! I actally encourage Buttercups and other wild flowers in an area of our garden - they attract insects and birds as well as looking nice.

The cows are fabulous too. They look as though they're posing for a dairy advert, maybe a dairy advertising a product with a buttery sort of name.

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Thanks Pol, I think you are Utterly right. They might be beef cattle, though.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

Just a reminder that I’m hosting a meet at Hatfield Forest tomorrow (17th May) as well as the 25th. The buttercups do appear to be at their best right now but hopefully will still be good next week.

Meet in car park at main entrance at 9.00am (I can do earlier if anyone is up for it).

Note: Parking charge by ticket machine £5.00, or £2.00 if you arrive before 9.00am. Free for National Trust members.

If you need to contact me my mobile is 07772416988.
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Re: Photo Meet Hatfield Forest May 2014

I was a bit worried about the heavy rain we had yesterday afternoon and the potential damage to the buttercups, so first thing this morning I paid a flying visit to the Forest to check the situation. I'm afraid the flowers are now past their best and it is clear that they did peak around last weekend, with the heavy rain clearly not helping.

However, the good news is that the buttercups are still in pretty good shape and are still present in abundance, certainly well worth a visit.

Here's a picture I took this morning with my XZ-1 compact. Other shots from my visit can be viewed here: http://dpnow.com/forum2/showthread.php?t=16148


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