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Spring Photo Blitz at FWC Royce (4/15/2017)
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Spring Photo Blitz at FWC Royce (4/15/2017)

Calling photographers and drawing artists: we’ll be touring three spectacular & pristine Florida habitats at the Royce Unit, where you’ll be able to take photos or sketch what you see as well as learn about the wildlife living there. We’ll also be doing a very short amount of optional work maintaining plantings in a restoration area which will be educational as well as very helpful.

4/15/2017
When: Two Sessions: Starting at 7 AM and 8 AM
Where: FWC Royce Unit
1630 Royce Ranch Avenue
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863.699.3742


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Spring Photo Blitz at FWC Royce

Calling photographers and drawing artists: we’ll be touring three spectacular & pristine Florida habitats at the Royce Unit, where you’ll be able to take photos or sketch what you see as well as learn about the wildlife living there.

We'll use vehicles to travel between sites, with plenty of time at each for photography and drawing.

Open to all photographers, aspiring photographers, and drawing artists - beginner to advanced, Phone Camera to Point & Shoot to D/SLR.

At the end of the morning we’ll be doing a short amount of optional work maintaining plantings in a restoration area which will be educational as well as very helpful.


Free Photography Advice! Tripods, Monopods available for use!


Get Famous/Get Posted on the Ridge Rangers Facebook Page

Two submitted photos/drawings from each participant will be posted on Ridge Rangers Social Media


Start at either 7 am or 8 am:

7 am: Catch the migrating birds in the Royce wetlands.

8 am: Catch the morning sun in the cutthroat seep and scrub oak habitats.


Bring your camera gear and drawing supplies.

We'll have space in vehicles to carry.

Also bring a hiker's water bottle or similar for drinking water and a snack as you want.

Please wear good closed-toe shoes and long pants as well as sunscreen and a hat.


Directions to the FWC Royce Unit

From the corner of US 27 and CR 621 in Lake Placid, go east on CR 621 1.7 miles to Hallmark Avenue on the left. Turn left on Hallmark. After 3.6 miles the road makes a sharp left and sharp right and changes names to Royce Ranch Ave. After a total of 5.0 miles on Hallmark / Royce Ranch Ave, Royce Ranch is on the left, marked by an FWC logo. Turn left onto the driveway and follow it back to the offices.


The FWC Royce Unit is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, and has one of the largest cutthroat grass (Panicum abscissum) seeps remaining on the Lake Wales Ridge, which we’ll be seeing at one of the stops.

Cutthroat Seep in the early morning mist.