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27.03.2011 11:15 to 18:00
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Hi all.

I’ve wanted to go to the Butterfly Park for quite a while, and now I’m just gonna do it.
As expected, I’m bringing my camera. Other photographic-fellow-nerds are welcome to join with their cameras. If you have a macro lens, this will be a fun playground for it. Don't forget to share on Flickr.

I also just enjoy hanging out with people who are cool in general, so even if you don’t have a camera and just want something to do on a Sunday – you are welcome as well.

Plan for Baselers:
Meet at platform 10 @ SBB around 11:15. We’ll be taking the train to Bern at 11:28. Don’t be late, we won’t wait for you.
Get your 20% offer from SBB here.
Prize is 45 chf with the discount; train and admission fees.

For everyone not living in Basel:
Go to sbb.ch and find the way from your city to Bern or to Kerzers Papiliorama. You’re all grown-ups; I trust you can figure it out yourself.
You can either meet the Baselers at platform 12C in Bern – getting the train to Kerzers Papiliorama @ 12:34, or meet us at the stop Kerzers Papiliorama around 13:07.

Look forward to see you all!
RSVP'd Yes: 9 (8 members and 1 guests)
  • Begga - Me and my Nikon
  • sezdee - ... and my Canon (uh-oh, are they allowed...) Sounds great!
  • Butters - Add another Canon to the list ;)
  • Miss Friis - ..... and my Canon (if they are indeed allowed!). Great idea :-)
  • ThomasSSS
  • Slaphead + 1 guest - Got macro lighting rig, and more.
  • zymogen - Me and my, ummm... digicam. Rather watch butterflies than shoot 'em.
  • D'ee - new to the forum and new to photography but would love to come along. Will meet there.
RSVP'd Maybe: 1 (1 members and No guests)
  • francesco_ud - a pentax k200 may join you but currently i just know to push the button.
RSVP'd No: 3
  • BokerTov - Unfortunately won't be able to join. Have fun! See you all another time.
  • mimi1981 - Basel Market day on Sunday...sorry
  • Sagar_KD - Cant join this time. Enjoy the trip!
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Great idea!

Just one question... since we´ve never met, how do I find you?


I can walk around speaking Danish until someone reacts... but there may be easier ways
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

We went several weeks ago. It was pretty cool...
Just be sure to let the cameras settle in when you get in the Butterfly house. Everything fogs up. It is about 35° in there...

And the creatures have a habit of wanting to land on your camera/lens and lay eggs.... Yes.. This actually happens...
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

...and I think I shall be avoiding the bats
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Danish and my Canon

Don't kill me!

Seriousness aside, you should be able to spot a group of English speaking people with big cameras @ platform 10
I'm the foxy lady with the big smile!

(If you catch me on a good day, I might be nice enough to give you my phone number just in case.)
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Don't kill me!
I'll find you - a Viking with a big camera should be easy enough to spot
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

http://www.papiliorama.ch/default.as...=5&Language=EN ... ... http://railaway.rail.ch/english/enjo...orama-kerzers/

I have been many times and would like to add some hints. There are 2 major glass houses, and you can easily spend an hour in each. Dogs must be left outside! I would recommend leaving VERY small and VERY old people at home, maybe ages 5 to 75 are OK. There is a group discount available for more than 10 people: price reduced from Fr.17 to Fr. 14 or you can buy return train and entrance tickets from SBB Reisebüro with a good discount. It might seem expensive but it gives good value and has a good shop with "educational" toys and games.

The Arthropodarium exhibit presents a few species of each group within the arthropods: among arachnids, scorpions and bird-eating spiders have a place of choice. 5 species of phasmids, the masters of camouflage with their many astonishing forms and colours, can be discovered hidden in vegetation. Beetles, praying mantis and millipedes complete the picture.

Papilorama is sunlit, very warm and VERY humid. You need to dress for a holiday in the jungle, and then cover up with extra clothes for the train journey. There is usually plenty of room to leave your outdoor clothes in the garderobe. The butterflies are active when the sun is shining, but sit around with folded closed wings if the sky is overcast. There are waterfalls and a pond with a vicious fish which bites stray fingers. They import the Chrysalise (?) from Asia and you can see them hatching slowly.

Noctorama is very dark and smells of ammonia, the animal urine is not broken down correctly due to the lack of sunlight. It is slightly cooler and drier than Papillorama. This is a small zoo with nocturnal animals. Sometimes they are difficult to see, so patience is needed. There are also bats flying about, so be aware and they are harmless.

There is also a bar / café and outside a zoo with petting farm animals.

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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

If anyone is going from Zurich (and connecting/meeting up the others in Bern), here is the train info:

Zürich HB Su, 27.03.11 dep 11:32 platform 17 IC 720
Bern arr 12:28 platform 4
Bern dep 12:34 platform 12C S5216246 Urban train line 52
Kerzers Papiliorama arr 13:07 platform 1


I really hope to be able to make it, it sounds like a lot of fun.
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Okay Slaphead, I know you got the flash now (and more! )
Change to yes please
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Okay Slaphead, I know you got the flash now (and more! )
Change to yes please
Your wish is my command - this time only . See you on Sunday in Bern.
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Went last Sunday and was very good. You have to strip off before entering the humid heat :-)

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We got a discount using our TCS membership card "show your card" scheme. Adults 14 chf and child 7 chf. Saves 3chf for each adult and 1 chf for each child. Not a lot but it all helps !

Car parking is 3chf.

Enjoy !
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Looking forward to Sunday!

Don't forget the clocks are changing... we'll all have to get out of bed what will seem like an hour earlier.
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Looking forward to it too, I heard good things about the Papiliorama.

Coming by car and will be at the entrance around 13:00, watching out for english speaking folks with big cameras.
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Sounds like a great idea - Meteo is promising rain all Sunday though, if Ittigen is right about the sunlight affecting the butterflies, maybe it's not the best day to go ?
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Well, I hope that means it will be slightly less warm and maybe if the butterflies are less on the move - maybe it will be easier to shoot them.
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

So I went to SBB to buy my ticked in advance and the prize is apparently 51,40 with the discount, not 45
But she did ask me if I was still a student, ah, bless her.

Look forward to see everyone tomorrow!
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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

I got mine from the machine today and same price... still, not too much more so it's ok

Looking forward to the trip!
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Thank you all who came. I hope you had as good time as I.
Nice to meet some new faces, old faces - always a pleasure.

Don't forget to post your favorite pics on our Flickr page.

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Re: Photoclub / something to do on a Sunday – Butterfly park

Nice picture, Begga!

Was really nice to meet all of you - I enjoyed it and hope to see you all again

Hope I got some decent shots....
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Thanks Begga and every1 for a great day
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