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Old 10-27-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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LauraC, A couple of years ago my wife and I bought good cameras and started spending a lot of time on photography. Most of the our shooting has been at the local nature preserve or arboretum. We have been lucky enough to have 2 photo vacations in southern Utah and this year we visited the Oregon coast and parts of central Oregon.

I can enjoy photography in my backyard, but when I retire it will be in the western US somewhere near knock-your-socks-off, majestic scenery. We plan to do a lot of camping/travel and might eventual progress to the point where the photography hobby becomes more than a hobby.

Enjoy.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:47 AM
 
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LauraC, A couple of years ago my wife and I bought good cameras and started spending a lot of time on photography. Most of the our shooting has been at the local nature preserve or arboretum. We have been lucky enough to have 2 photo vacations in southern Utah and this year we visited the Oregon coast and parts of central Oregon.

I can enjoy photography in my backyard, but when I retire it will be in the western US somewhere near knock-your-socks-off, majestic scenery. We plan to do a lot of camping/travel and might eventual progress to the point where the photography hobby becomes more than a hobby.

Enjoy.
You know, you also might want to check into a place that meets your criteria above and also has a camera club. I took a beginners class in my retiree program and then joined a town camera club that meets once a month. Every other month we have a guest speaker that makes a presentation and the other months we have themed competitions. Once a year we have a salon. Some other camera clubs do local photo trips/meet-ups and others hold workshops on particular techniques, like lighting, for example. Not only have I learned hobby stuff from these once a month meetings, and the judging is particularly helpful for improving myself, but as a new person in the area, I also learned of spots that are good for taking photos at particular times of the year.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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I do belong to a camera club. Fortunately it is very active with about 50 members and meetings 3x/month. We do a monthly competition and the best are also forwarded to the regional federation for grading. Since evaluation of art is highly subjective, I did not think this would be valuable, but I find that I am learning a lot from the competition. I am still working but my wife is able to attend the OLLI classes. We have both gone to some weekend workshops.

Camera and other clubs and OLLI availability are part of the factors for evaluating potential retirement locations.
Jim
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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We are retired and staying right where we are - rural Scotland. Yea, the weather is usually drizzly but I love it anyway. Besides, we travel often and aside from an xmas visit to freezing Michigan, we find somewhere warm to go to break up the dark winters. We are in a quiet area on a sea loch but can get to the airport in about 1.5 hours.

We never have to think about health care or prescription prices as we have a national health service for which I'm very grateful.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Costa Rica, Panama
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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We are retired and staying right where we are - rural Scotland. Yea, the weather is usually drizzly but I love it anyway. Besides, we travel often and aside from an xmas visit to freezing Michigan, we find somewhere warm to go to break up the dark winters. We are in a quiet area on a sea loch but can get to the airport in about 1.5 hours.

We never have to think about health care or prescription prices as we have a national health service for which I'm very grateful.
Aren't you afraid of Socialism and Death Panels?
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Aren't you afraid of Socialism and Death Panels?
Nope. I don't find socialism a dirty word.
These are some of the 'socialist' programmes in the US:
The VA Hospital
The Post Office
Jails
Medicare
SSI
unemployment
Parks (national and city)
Beaches (national and city)
Libraries
Road, Streets, Highways, Freeways
Schools
Street lamps and or any lighting paid by the Gov't (city included)
The U.S Military (Paid by the Government using tax dollars)
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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Yank, why would Scotland let you in to their health care system.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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Yank, why would Scotland let you in to their health care system.
Because I married a Scot (in 2000). It was optional as I had the equivalent of permanent residency, but I also became a dual citizen meaning I can now vote and get called for jury duty

I was covered by the NHS the minute I stepped off the plane with my entry visa.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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thanks, yank.
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