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📷Moody Gardens Photography – Birds & More Up Close with Ruth Hoyt

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
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The 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens enables you to see the rainforests of the world in a whole new way, offering ample opportunities for interesting photographs. A walkway leads you through the canopy level, where you can explore the exhibit from a new vantage point. You can see monkeys, sloths, and other free-roaming tree-dwellers closer than ever. Ruth discusses and demonstrates techniques to observe and capture images of these rainforest inhabitants.

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore this excellent rainforest habitat before opening hours. You can capture images without taking a trip to the Amazon rainforest! Within the Moody Gardens rainforest, Ruth takes participants to a special area to photograph tropical frogs.

Suggested Equipment: digital SLR, mirrorless, or camera with adjustable shutter speeds and f/stops. For birds and mammals, plan to use a medium telephoto lens in the 70-300mm, 70-200mm, 100-400mm, or 80-400mm range. For close-up work of tropical frogs, bring a macro, close-up lens, or extension tube(s).

Sturdy tripods (preferred) or monopods are useful since the light is low, and a camera bag/backpack to keep gear organized. Bring whatever equipment you are willing to carry.

Drive your own car to this event. Please allow 25 minutes to travel from the east end of the island to Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd. Park your car and carry your equipment to the entrance of the visitors’ center, where the rainforest is located.

Your trip liaison meets participants there, and you enter as a group. Driving directions to Moody Gardens will be emailed to you prior to the festival.

Admission to Moody Gardens Rainforest is included in the trip price. Click here to download a map of Moody Gardens.

Green-naped Pheasant Pigeon, Otidiphaps nobilis, native of New Guinea, Moody Gardens; Galveston; Texas

About Ruth Hoyt

 Sponsored by Moody Gardens

Sponsored by Moody Gardens


Date: April 21
Time: 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Cost: $70
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Leader Name: Ruth Hoyt


Skill Level All
Activity Level Easy
Transportation Meet at Site