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Mid Century Architecture of Palm Springs

When: Saturday, February 24, 10am

What: Palm Springs experienced a boom starting in the 1950s and lasting into the late 1970s.  This was also the period of "Mid-Century Modern" architecture.  We will photograph architecturally significant mid-century homes and commercial buildings in Palm Springs.

Cost: Free for the tour.  You can bring your own lunch or join us for lunch at Lulu restaurant in Palm Springs

Meeting Location: The Palm Springs Visitor Center 2901 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (our first building to photograph.  It was designed by Albert Frey and was originally a gas station.)

What to Bring: I suggest a 24-70mm and/or a 12-24mm.  You may want a CPL.

Leader: Tom O'Keefe

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Title:  San Diego Zoo Safari Park Outing
When:  February 17, 2024, 8am
What:  Wild Animals of the World
Where: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027
Meeting Location: Parking Lot near the entrance
What to Bring: Dress in layers as it will be cold, comfortable shoes, water, a sun hat or visor, your membership card if you’re a member, a long lens, a snack, and water.
Leader:  Kathleen Messmer and/or John Moya

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Planes of Fame Air Museum

Title:  Planes of Fame Air Museum and Mig 15 Demonstration Flight
When:  Saturday February 3rd Museum opens at 9:00 am Hangar Talk at 10:30 Flight Demonstration starts at 11:30

Cost: Museum is $18/free to museum members
What:  A variety of historically significant aircraft on display, engine start up and flight demonstration of a Korean War Era Mig 15 jet.
Where: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Dr. Chino
Meeting Location: At the static display of the Mig 15 outside the main hangar between 9:00 and 9:30.
What to Bring: 24-70 mm lens for static shots and engine start up and a telephoto lens for the flight demonstration.
Leader:  Tom O’Keefe

Group lunch at Flo’s Airport Café 7000 Merrill Ave Bldg. A 315

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Title:  Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
When: January 20, 2024  9:00 AM
What: Visit of the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside
Where:  4050 Mission Avenue, San Luis Rey, CA 92068
Meeting Location:  Fountain on front of the mission

Cost: $8
What to Bring:  Wide angle and telephoto lenses, no flash is allowed inside the church or the museum.
Leader: Ed Belen

The stately San Luis Rey Church is the only surviving mission church laid out in a cruciform plan.  San Luis Rey has a very professional interpretive museum, which contains many original artifacts and interesting displays.  There is no mass scheduled during the morning and early afternoon, but a wedding is possible.  Please remember that is an active place of worship.

Possible place for lunch: https://pitstopdineroside.com/

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Annual La Jolla Cove Outing

When: Saturday January 6, 2023 6:30 AM

What: Pelicans, Cormorants, Sea Lions

Where: The Cave Store 1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Meeting Location: Let’s meet in front of the Cave Store at 6:30AM.

What to Bring: Telephoto lens, good walking shoes, snack, water, sweater.

Leader: John Moya

Group Lunch at - Duke’s La Jolla - 1216 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037 

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Holiday Lights Outing

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023

What: Photographing the Holiday Lights

Where: Christmas caravan photo event will begin at 5 PM. Starting at South Coast winery then caravaning to Vail Ranch headquarters on Temecula Parkway arriving approximately arriving approximately at 6:30PM then proceeded to old town Temecula arriving by 8 PM to finish off the evening of photography and fun.

What to Bring: Fast lenses for night photography, good walking shoes, snack, water, dress warmly.

Leader: Dan Collins

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Come Experience The Salton Sea Bird Migration for A Sunrise and Sunset

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When: Saturday December 2 at 6:15am

What: Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, White-Faced Ibis, American Kestrels, Cattle Egret, Burrowing Owls, and Much More.

Where: Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR Unit 1, Vendel Rd, Brawley, CA 92227  - Google Map
Meeting Location: There will be no carpool meetup, please feel free to make your own carpool arrangements with another member for the long drive. Please meet me at the end of Vendel Road at the Observation Deck and Bathroom Parking area.

What to Bring: Telephoto lens, shoes you don’t mind getting muddy, water, snacks, sunscreen, Hat, Bring Layers for cold morning and evening. Also bring some Bug Spray.

Food: We will Eat Dinner at Town Pump Steak House after our Sunset Shoot.
Leader: John Moya 

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November 4th - Julian, CA

When: November 4th at 11am.
Where: Town of Julian, CA

Meeting Location: Julian Town Hall and Visitors Center
What to Bring: Camera, lenses and and good walking shoes!
Leader: John Tobin

Meet us at the Julian Town Hall and Visitors Center for Fall fun!

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October 12-15 - Annular Solar Eclipse in Utah

When: October 12-15, 2023
Where: Temple of the Sun and Moon in Capital Reef NP (Location may change due to weather)

Meeting Location: St. George, Utah on Oct 12.
What to Bring: Camera, lenses and gear for solar, astro and landscape photography. Travel and camping gear.
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will meet in St. George on Oct 12. You will need to make your own arrangement for lodging that night. On the morning of the 13th we will assess the weather forecast and make final decision for viewing location. If all looks good, we will proceed to the Temple of the Sun and Moon(link to location). We will be camping out on BLM land just minutes from the Temples the night of Oct 13.
The partial annular solar eclipse begins around 9am on Oct 14. Full eclipse is from 10:27am to 10:32 with partial ending at 11:58am. Here is the link to the
details of the eclipse.
The outing is offically over after the eclipse. I will be returning to St. George to spend the night of the 14th, you may choose to do more exploring in Utah!

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More trip details:

  • From the turn off at Caineville(Route 24) it will be about 15 miles of dirt road. Here link to topo map of area.

  • Time from St. George to Caineville - 4 hrs. Time from Cainville to Temples - 1.5 hr. Total 5 to 6 hrs.

  • We will work in side trip to the Bentonite Hills.

Saturday, Sept 23 - San Jacinto Mountain - Tram to Round Valley

When: Saturday, Sept 23,  7am to ?
Where: One Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA. 92262

Meeting Location: The Tram at Palm Springs

Cost: Parking $15 car, Tram $30.95
What to Bring: Camera and lenses for wildlife and nature photography, water, snacks, pack a lunch, sun protection.
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will ride the Tram up to Round Valley on San Jacinto Peak. We will hike about 3 miles.

Details about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can be found here.

Check the weather at the upper tram station here.

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Sept 3 - Harveston

When: Sunday, Sept 3 at 6:00pm
Where: Harveston Lake, Temecula

Location: Google Map

Cost: 0
What to Bring: Camera, lenses and gear for general photography
Leader: Dan Collins

We will be shooting in and around Harveston Lake

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August 11th - Oceanside Pier Sunset Shoot

When: Friday, August 11th 2023, 6:30/7pm


Where: Oceanside Pier


Leader: Meetup

Contact Carol Meena for more details if needed. She will be leaving Murrieta around 5pm, contact if interested in car pooling.

August 12/13 - Perseids Meteor Shower

When: Evening of the Aug 12, morning of Aug 13
Where: Culp Valley Campground, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Location: Google Map

Cost: 0
What to Bring: Camera, lenses and gear for astro and landscape, camping gear, food, etc.
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will be shooting the Perseids Meteor Shower and Milky Way the evening of Saturday, Aug 12, morning of Sunday, Aug 13. The meteor peak will be around 3:24am Sunday morning.  I will be heading out Saturday morning to Culp Valley Campground to get a spot for this event. Join me if you can!!

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August 5th - Ramble On at the Ranch Classic Car Show

When: Saturday, August 5th 2023 5pm to 9pm


Where: Vail Headquarters. 32115 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592


Leader: Meetup

More details can be found on their Instagram.

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Saturday, July 29 - Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

When: Saturday, July 29 at 6:30am to 12pm
Where: 18000 CA-1, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Meeting Location: The south lot is on Pacific Coast Hwy across from the State Beach.

Cost: Free
What to Bring: Sunscreen, Hat, good walking shoes, Camera with a long lens. You can get some good shots with 200 mm but longer is better, I use 200 to 500 mm.
Leader: Tom O'Keefe

Details: The parking lot is very small and fills up quickly, so carpooling is helpful.  It’s a long walk from the other parking lots at the PCH and Warner Road or the state beach.  Probable birds to photograph: Pelicans, Egrets, Terns, Ibis, Herons, Hummingbirds and if we are lucky an Osprey.
Nicole Koeltzow, a field ornithologist with the San Diego Museum of Natural History, is planning on joining us.

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Saturday, July 22 - The Safari Park

When: Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 9am
Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017

Meeting Location: We will meet at the entrance to the park at 9am.

Cost: $69 for a 1 day pass at the entrance or Online or get in with your Annual Pass
What to Bring: Telephoto lens, comfortable walking shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen, hat.
Leader: John Moya

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Saturday, June 24 - Santa Rosa Plateau

When: Saturday, June 24 at 7am
Where: Santa Rosa Plateau, East on Clinton Kieth off the 15.

Meeting Location: Vernal Pool Parking lot - Google Map Location

Cost: $4 or Annual Pass
What to Bring: Camera and lenses for wildlife and nature photography, water, snacks, sun protection.
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will be hiking out to the historical Adobes and back, roughly 4+ miles on dirt trails. We will hike out by the Vernal Pool trail and return on the Trans Preserve Trail.

 

Here is map of the SRP.

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Saturday, June 10 - San Diego Zoo

When: Saturday June 10 at 9am
Where: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Meeting Location: We will meet at 7:30am at The City of Temecula Park & Ride
30100 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 From Temecula Pkwy The Entrance to the Park & Ride Parking Lot is on Wabash Ln/Temecula Pkwy.

Cost: $69 for a 1 day pass at the entrance or Online or get in with your Annual Pass
What to Bring: Telephoto lens, good watching shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen,Hat.
Leader: John Moya

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Saturday, May 13 - Mission at San Juan Capistrano

When: Saturday, May 13 at 8:30am
Where: 26801 Old Mission Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Meeting Location: At the Entrance

Parking Info: Public parking is available in the surrounding streets near the Mission. The most visible parking lot is on the south side of Ortega Highway and El Camino Real.

Cost: $18, Seniors $15 Hours: 9am to 5pm
What to Bring: Camera and lenses!
Leader: Kathleen Messmer

A great place to photograph this Historic Landmark, Chapel, Museum and Gardens - Link to Mission Website

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Saturday, April 29 - Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

When: Saturday, April 29 at 8 AM
Where: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, 11055 East Dr. Morongo Valley CA 92256
What to Bring: Binoculars, Jacket or other layered clothing, Water, Snack, Sturdy shoes, Telephoto Lens, Tripod with Gimbal
Leader: Nancy Main

A great place to photograph several varieties of birds. We will explore Covington park and the preserve. This involves walking on well laid out and level trails.

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April 22 & 23 - Southern California Air Show at March Air Museum

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When: Friday, April 14 to Tuesday, April 18
Where: Death Valley National Park
What to Bring: See details on Websites
Leader: No Leader - Contact other club members on the Snap Outing Forum

Here are two different links to the event:

Museum Entrance- $40 a carload - West side of Air Field - Click here

Air Base Entrances - Free! - East side of Air Field - Click here

Death Valley National Park
April 14 - 18, 2023

When: Friday, April 14 to Tuesday, April 18
Where: Death Valley National Park
What to Bring: Good hiking shoes, food, snack, water, clothing layers, car camping items, etc.
Leader: Peter Dascalos

Details are still being decided and weather will play a part in the final trip plans, but here is a rough outline of the outing:

Friday: Meet in Lone Pine, afternoon and evening explore the Alabama Hills. Lodge in Lone Pine.

Saturday: Proceed to DVNP. Stops along the way: Father Crowley Overlook, Cottonwood Canyon, Ubehebe Crater. Be at Racetrack Playa by mid-afternoon. Car camping at the Racetrack.

Sunday: Continue exploring the Racetrack. Proceed to Eureka Dunes. Car Camp at Eureka Dunes.

Monday: Continue exploring the Eureka Dunes. Proceed back to Lone Pine for Lodging.

Tuesday: Return Home

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This trip will be limited to eight participants. If you sign up please make sure you have cleared you calendar for this event.

I have booked rooms in Lone Pine for the evening of the 14th and the 17th. There are two rooms with two queen beds. Let me know if you are interested in making your own arraingments.

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Box Canyon - Anza Borrego Desert SP
Saturday, March 18
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When: Saturday, March 18, 2023 6:30AM(Civil Twilight) - Hike will start at 7:00AM(Sunrise)
Where: 33.01786, -116.42765, This is a parking pull off on S2 just south of Blair Valley in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Google Map Directions
What to Bring: Good hiking shoes, snack, water, clothing layers, lightweight pack for extra lenses and travel tripod!
Leader: Peter Dascalos

We will be meeting at the top of Box Canyon and setup a shuttle hike. It will be a one way hike down Box Canyon, it is 1.5 mile mostly down hill through the wash. Expect some scrambling and avoiding cactuses!

I will be making an camping trip out of this outing. I will be camping in Blair Valley Friday night, Saturday nights camping location will be determined in the field. On Saturday after exploring Box Canyon, those that wish to continue we will be exploring other areas that may have spring blooms!

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If there is interest, we can stop by the massive metal sculptures, and stop by Fonts Point to view the Borrego Badlands. There will be possible opportunity for astrophotography on Friday and Saturday night, so bring the Astro gear!

Contact me directly if you are interesting in camping to discuss logistics. Thanks, Peter

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area
Saturday, March 4
Lets Go Birding!

When: Saturday, March 4, 2023 6:30AM 
What: Birds, Drive around and photograph Birds from Car. 
Where:17050 Davis St, Lakeview, CA 92567 No Carpool, See you There! Meet by Entrance. Park on Left side past the entrance gate on inside of reserve. 
What to Bring: Binoculars, Jacket or other layered clothing, Water, Snack, Sturdy shoes Telephoto Lens, Tripod with Gimbal 
Leader: John Moya

Price: Day Pass $5.40 
***Please make sure you have a yearly land pass or buy a day pass for this day from this website (Land Pass not required with a valid hunting or fishing license)***

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Hawk Watch with the Wildlife Research Institute
Saturday, February 25
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When: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10AM (Suggested arrival 9:30AM)
Where: Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd, Ramona, CA 92065

No Carpool Meetup: Unless you make arrangements with other members.
What to Bring: Binoculars, Jacket or other layered clothing, Sturdy shoes for uneven terrain, Folding chair (if you have one) Telephoto Lens, Tripod with Gimbal
Leader: John Moya

What to Expect at Hawk Watch!

Hawk Watch is an informative educational Biologists Talk and Q&A with falconry or ambassador raptors for you to see up close and personal! The seated program lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours (restrooms available) and is followed by an option for additional roadside observations of wild raptors and other wildlife including a Bald Eagle nest where you'll drive your own car less than 2 miles on paved roads and come and go at your leisure. Biologists and local expert volunteer observers will help you spot and identify birds and show them to you through our high-powered professional telescopes. In the event of rain, we will still have the educational program inside the barn but the usual falconry flight displays will not occur in the barn. There is no hiking portion of Hawk Watch, but we recommend wearing sturdy shoes for uneven terrain and going on your own to the nearby Ramona Grassland Preserve hiking trail after the program. Hawk Watch is wheelchair accessible and we recommend using one if walking on uneven terrain could be a safety hazard for you. We hope you can make it! More details can be found here.

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