Club Field Trips

October 9

Riviera Club members are invited to participate in a street photography field trip on October 9th, starting at 9:00AM.  The group will meet at the fountain in Fountain Square (at the intersection of Prospect, Shelby, and Virginia streets).  Jim Eickman will share his skill and technique for street photography?  

Spring 2022


The New Harmony and Hovey Lake field trip is being rescheduled for spring.  No one was available to coordinate the field trip in the first week of October.  The following week might have been a possibility, but all the rooms are already sold out for the second week of October. Hopefully, COVID will not be an issue in the spring.


Previous Field Trips


December 2020 On Your Own***


Shoot sandhill cranes at Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.  The fish and wildlife area is 111-miles and 2hr drive.  (numbers usually peak Nov./Dec.), For those who are interested, the North Judson Railroad Museum is just a short drive from there.   Information on the fall migration is at  During the day, the cranes forage in the surrounding fields.  Photographers should be able to get their best sandhill crane shots at the J-P Goose Pasture Viewing Area around sunrise and sunset when the flocks of cranes fly in and out of the pasture. Sunset on November 14 is at 5:29 and photographers will be looking into the sun.  If members decide to stay overnight, the sun will be behind photographers at sunrise.   The Oakview Hotel in North Judson, Indiana is 9 miles from Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife area.


***  Rivi did not have a field trip, but the cranes are still there!  Members who desire to see the cranes can still go on their own.  As of December 8, the crane count was 26,533.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Meet in Metamora, a historic town with the charm of old buildings and the appearance of days gone by.  It is a 68-mile drive from downtown Indianapolis and takes 1 hr and 16 minutes. Photo opportunities include the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, the Metamora Grist Mill, and the Whitewater Valley Railroad.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

 Field Trip to Eagle Creek Park.  Meet at the Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary which is on the west side of Eagle Creek Park.  (9/19 is Rosh Hashanah which may be a conflict for some members.)  The Nature Sanctuary is a state preserve but is maintained by the Eagle Creek Park.  There are parking spaces for eight to ten cars.  No admission fees are required.  There is a well-maintained gravel trail to two observation decks overlooking Eagle Creek reservoir that are good locations for photographing herons, egrets, and eagles wading birds and other water fowl.  A telephoto lens is recommended for bird photography.  Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary also has a boardwalk through a marsh area.  The trail winds around and then climbs a wooded bluff on the west side of Eagle Creek to Eagle’s Crest.  The first part of this trial through the marsh area is easy but gets a little more rugged as it goes up through the woods.  This marsh trail is a wonderful location for wild flowers, dragon flies or scenery of a small creek. A macro lens or mid-range zoom lens may work best for this part of the Nature Sanctuary.  I would suggest maybe meeting about 2pm. 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Field trip to Delphi at 10:00.  Delphi is 76 miles from downtown, Indianapolis and driving time is about 1hr 13 min. It will be outside for the most part so social distancing is manageable.  It is important to take C)VID-19 precautions during this epidemic.  The city of Delphi was platted in 1828.  It took its name from the ancient city of Delphi in Greece.  Its location next to the Wabash River and the Erie Canal helped to tie together northern and southern Indiana. There are a number of historic buildings in the downtown which may be of photographic interests such as: the Carroll County Courthouse built in 1916, the Opera House, North Street for gorgeous homes, the Monon High Railroad Bridge, the Wabash Ernie Canal Park, Adams Grist Mill built in 1845 and Adams Mill Covered Bridge built in 1872 and many other locations.  Logistics and carpooling will be discussed at the Rivi Meeting on Tuesday 8/18.

July 18, 2020

Indianapolis Canal Walk on Saturday, July 18th at 7:00pm with the early evening light.  Parking is available in the Indiana State Museum underground lot which has a doorway directly onto the canal walkway.  Members can meet at the State Museum steam clock.  The N Blackford Street bridge is at this location which provides a nice vantage point directly over the canal with the cityscape in the background.  It is a short walk to one of the pedestrian bridges.  The veteran’s memorial is also close.  There are many subjects to choose from including the city skyline, canal reflections, monuments, artwork, street photography, or macro images of the flowerbeds.

January 18, 2020

Eitlejorg Museum, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis coordinated by Mike Hertel . Free admission. Park in the underground ramp.
 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more.  NEW THIS YEAR: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and historic Spanish Colonial missions of the Southwest, including The Alamo.

November 2, 2019

Bridges to Indiana's Past (Bridge Festival is 11/11/19) coordinated by Peter Michael. Peter has prepared an extensive itinerary with photos that will follow in a separate email.
There is a potential of 7 bridges to shoot on the route! Members can elect to shoot them all, or design their own day.  We start out on Saturday at 9 a.m. First stop is Cataract Falls Covered Bridge followed by lunch in Cloverdale. At one time, Cataract Falls was the most photographed covered bridge in the US.  This is followed by Houck Covered Bridge, Oakalla Covered Bridge, Bridgeton Covered Bridge and Mill, Conley's Ford Covered Bridge, Mansfield Covered Bridge and Roller Mill, and 3 more bridges on the way to Rockville, Indiana. Dinner is planned in Rockville.  Those interested in shooting any of the covered bridges at sunrise might want to stay overnight in Rockville.  All this is detailed in the itinerary.  This promises to be a terrific day of shooting!

September 13-15, 2019

Weekend field trip to Michigan Vineyards, Gilmore Car Museum coordinated by Michael Jack and Joe Hempstead.  Details and itinerary sent to members in earlier email and finalized just recently.  Briefly, we depart Indianapolis at 8 a.m. Friday and stop at two Wineries for photography and wine tasting in the morning. Lunch on your own followed by a cider tour in the afternoon.  Dinner in Holland MI followed by a potential trip to Big Red Lighthouse for those interested.  Saturday's agenda includes a trip to the Gilmore Car Museum or a visit to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. A guided tour of Bell's Comstock Brewery is at 5 p.m. Dinner in Kalamazoo. Sunday's activities include a visit to Kalamazoo Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience in the morning and on your own in the afternoon.  Joe has outlined a variety of alternatives for exploration in the afternoon.  This promises to be a great weekend with lots of photo opportunities and fun!  There is still time to join us!  Let Joe or Michael know if you might be interested in going.

May 25, 2019


Field Trip to Conner Prairie, presented by Tom Mueller. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd. Fishers, IN 46038.  

Join your Rivi friends for a special morning at Conner Prairie, Saturday, May 25th. (Rain date: Sunday the 26th.) Conner Prairie is going to provide costumed staff members for the photo shoot. They will portray an early Indiana Settler and a Native American. We will also be able to walk around the entire park.

Wear appropriate clothing including footwear. If it is warm, insect repellent might be useful. Tripods, flashes, and virtually anything else photographic is perfectly OK.

We will meet about 7:15 AM in the visitor center and finish it just before the 10 o’clock opening time.


April 20, 2019

Field Trip to the Celery Bog Nature Area, 1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN.   This 195-acre property contains five wetland basins covering 105 acres. This area is listed by DNR's Indiana Natural Heritage Program as one of the "significant sites" in the state that provides a diverse natural setting for wildlife and people alike.  It is the home of many unusual plants and the opportunity to view nearly 120 different species of birds.  Rabbits, coyotes, opossums and other small mammals dwell there, as well as many amphibious creatures-all attracted to its rich and unique wetland habitat. The Celery Bog Nature Area is home to the Lilly Nature Center and contains 4.3 miles of paved Cattail Trail and 2.5 miles of natural paths through the woods, savanna and prairie. Many sections of these trails take you right beside the marsh. Interpretive signs, audio informational units, and three observation decks are associated with these trails making hiking very enjoyable.  The Bog is home to a variety of wildlife, particularly in the Spring and the Fall when migrating birds rest in the marsh.  Bird families most likely to be found here include herons, egrets, coot, ducks, geese, hawks, woodpeckers, bluebirds, sparrows and warblers.  Logistical information and directions will be sent in a separate email.

November 10, 2018

Field Trip to Newfields for lunch and to view Weston "Natural Abstraction" exhibit. 

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is offering several exhibits of interest to photographers.  Riviera members and friends are invited to come to Newfields this coming Saturday at noon to enjoy lunch and to view these exhibits.  We will meet at 12:00 Noon at the Café in the museum for lunch.  Rivi members who hold a museum membership are encouraged to “museum pool” and provide free admission to as many non-members as possible.  If this does not balance out, admission to the museum is $18.


After enjoying lunch, Tom Potter and Gayle Moore have agreed to offer their commentary on the exhibits. Following our informal time inside the museum, we are all encouraged to walk the building and grounds for photographic opportunities.  Cameras and photography ARE permitted at Newfields, however flash photography and  tripods are not permitted.

November 3, 2018

Field Trip to Prophetstown State Park, West Lafayette, IN. Located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash near the town of Battle Ground northeast of Lafayette. The park's landscape has been shaped by ice from glaciers, moving water, fire and human hands that helped maintain the vast tall prairie grass. Native American people hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Through their unique partnership with The Farm at Prophetstown, visitors can discover 1920s farm lifestyles, Native American culture and take a stroll through 900 acres of restored prairie.  Prophetstown is restoring native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands.  And the fall color is glorious! 

September 16, 2018

Field Trip to Dayton Concours D'Elegance at Carillon Park (Auto Show).  The Midwest's premier classic and antique automobile and motorcycle show. The invitational event brings 200 of the finest historical cars and motorcycles together inside the grounds of the 65-acre historical park. 

August 16, 2018

Field Trip to State Fair 4:00 PM.  We are planning a Field Trip to the State Fair for Thursday, August 16.  We will meet at the Indiana Arts Building by the Club Competition display at 4:00 PM. From there we can break into smaller groups to view and photograph our favorite subjects, (Draft Horses in the Farmer’s Coliseum), share the wide variety of State Fair foods, and stay as long as we like to photograph evening activities.  Car pooling is advised.

July 14, 2018

Field Trip to Mallow Run Winery (2018 Picnic Concert Series:Opportunities for Photography, Wine Tasting & Concert)  IDOLS KINGS, A JOURNEY, TOM PETTY & JOHN MELLENCAMP TRIBUTE on the lawn!

May 19, 2018

Architectural Downtown Walking Tour: Lafayette-West Lafayette - Founded by William Digby in 1825, Lafayette was a river town and prospered because of the development of the Wabash River, Erie Canal and the railroads, improved transportation allowed for the importation of goods to what had once been an isolated settlement. Soon Lafayette became a trading center for the area, often with up to 15 boats docking in a day’s time. This prosperity fostered the construction of significant commercial and public buildings which are still largely intact and architecturally cohesive. The craftsmanship of many of the buildings is excellent. There are also a lot of beautiful churches in the downtown area.

March 3, 2018 

Dayton Air Force Museum - This will be a one day trip with a full day at the museum followed by a dinner at a local pub. There are no end of photographic opportunities.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace behicles and missiles on display – many rare and one-of-a-kind – along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers’ legacy with today’s stealth and precision technology. See for examples of aircraft included in the exhibits.

February 5-9, 2018


Smoky Mountain National Park in the Winter  - We will travel to the Smoky Mountain National Park to capture the park in the winter.  We will stay in Townsend, TN at the Tally Ho Inn.  Please contact Pete Howard if you are interested in going.

January 14, 2018

Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN  - We will meet at 1 pm to spend a brisk winter afternoon taking in the sights of Crown Hill cemetery, a national historic site. Visit the memorials of Benjamin Harrison, James Whitcomb Riley, and other notable individuals. It could offer the opportunity for some nice black & white photos.

November 26, 2017

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Seymour IN (Approx 1 hour’s drive from Indy) The refuge is a very scenic and accessible mix of hardwood forest, wetlands, brush-land reverting to forest, cropland, and grassland habitat. It includes 7,724 acres near Seymour and a 78-acre parcel, known as the Restle Unit, near Bloomington. Nine miles of refuge roads that are open sunrise to sunset seven days/week attract approximately 185,000 visitors to the refuge each year. Wildlife-viewing opportunities are excellent at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is known as an exceptionally fine bird watching site. We would probably go to best coincide with the annual Fall Migration.

October 4 - 8, 2017

Fall Color Tour: UP Michigan with Rod Planck.  An intense, wonderful shoot with Rod Planck in the UP – a rich venue for fall color photography. Rod is a leader who knows the area intimately and has access to areas the public doesn’t. The colorful beech/maple forests of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Hiawatha National Forest and Lake Superior State Forest will be a major focus of the tour. We’ll spend time at Seney National Wildlife Refuge photographing a diverse landscape that includes both deciduous and coniferous forests and an extensive wetland system of picturesque ponds and marshes. In addition to deciduous forests, we’ll explore other exciting habitats--from expansive tamarack-dotted peatlands carpeted with golden grasses to northern coniferous forests where mature stands of white and red pine tower over a colorful understory of young maples. This mingling of bright fall foliage with the deep dark greens provides a patchwork of color from which to seek out great compositions. Smaller bodies of water abound in the area. In the still of morning, the forests ringing the area’s many small lakes and ponds cast Monet-like autumn reflections upon the water's smooth surface, giving us a great opportunity to study the subtle effects of changing light. Other possible subjects include hidden streams, striking mushrooms and frosted wild blueberries.

September 30, 2017

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon: West Lafayette

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. It is a great place for photography, especially those who love re-enactments.

Free parking is available at the Purdue University Lot L-M north of Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Northwestern and Cherry Lane. This is the best place to park since shuttle buses run continuously from the Stadium to the Feast from 8 am to 6 pm (Saturday) / 5 pm (Sunday). Or, if you prefer you can just come to Rona’s house first, about-2 minutes away from Ross-Ade Stadium.