Spring Wildflowers Outing 2017

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 @ 8:30am to 1:00pm
Homer Glen, IL

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 @ 7:00 to 9:00pm

$90 (non-refundable)

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

Would you love to see thousands of Virginia Blues and then photograph them, plus you can get coaching?

Beginning of May is the perfect time to shoot in acres of Virginia Blue Bells. Of course, the flowers available depend on the arrival time of spring. There’s always many varieties of spring wildflowers for our shooting pleasure. They’re such GREAT subjects!!

Our outing is in Messenger Woods Nature Preserve of Will County. Lou and Todd Nettelhorst will provide individualized coaching as you explore your own photographic styles.

During the prior week, they scout to determine the best locations for shooting the flowers.  Then, the participants are given final instructions by email the week before the outing. If convenient, carpooling to the photographic site is encouraged.

Following the Outing, on Tuesday evening, May 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Lou and Todd will host an online critique/feedback session, discussing sample images from each participant.  Instructions for uploading your jpg images and signing on are provided to the participants following the Outing.

All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, outings, classes and lessons include Lou’s learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on the practice results. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. We’re discovering and exploring your artist within!!


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished, artistic photographer who shares his extensive knowledge on revealing nature’s beauty through workshops, seminars, classrooms, publications, and exhibitions. A photo editor summed up Lou’s photographs as follows, “Intensity, powerful color, bouncing form, and dramatic, emotional play characterize Lou’s creative photographic style. As a viewer, you’ll want to crawl into Lou’s scenes and become one with the flora and fauna!”


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation.


A digital SLR camera with a battery of lenses that may capture wide-angle to telephoto and macro subjects and a sturdy tripod are recommended. If you don’t have a macro lens, using extension tubes are a wonderful substitute. A polarizing filter is a good idea to cut glare off the leaves and enrich the color. A Hoodman loupe allows you to see your LCD screen without glare. Other accessories suggested are: blower and lens cloth, extra batteries and plenty of flash or memory cards, diffusion disk and reflector, remote control, flashlight, sun screen, knee pads and a ground cloth. Equipment carts will not work because of the unevenness of the trails. Bring your equipment in a backpack or carry it in a vest. BTW: newer camera phones can take excellent photos and video, as well.


In the spring, weather is quite variable. Be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly. Waterproof shoes or boots above the ankles are recommended because the ground is in a flood plain for the surrounding creeks and usually wet. Also, we may walk across some shallow creek beds. Wellies are ideal, if you happen to have them. Moderate physical condition is recommended because of the maneuvering required to traverse the trails. For example, sometimes paths may have some tree trunks across them requiring us to step over them.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the outing. We recommend that you bring water, some snacks, even a sandwich for lunch.


Outing: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at Messenger Woods, near Orland Park.

Online Critique/Feedback Session: Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


$90 (non-refundable, unless a replacement participant is provided, in which case, a $15 administrative fee is charged) The fee includes coaching during the outing and a two-hour critiquing session. Maximum/minimum: 14/4 participants
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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ~ Ansel Adams

  • What the Participants are saying...
    Critiques: When I'm least inspired, it helps to see the work of others; your gentle manner and impressive expertise give me encouragement and ideas -- and HOPE!!
  • What the Participants are saying...
    Critiques: I like seeing the work of other participants and thinking about what I might do with the same image or in a similar situation.

Spring Wildflowers Outing Details & Contact

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
OUTING: Sunday, May 7th, 2017 @ 8:30am to 1:00pm
Homer Glen, IL

ONLINE FEEDBACK SESSION: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 @ 7:00 to 9:00pm

OUTING FEE: $90 (non-refundable)

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

Terms & Conditions

Limited Availability – RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

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    Messenger Woods - Will County Forest Preserve