Thursday, February 3, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps Feb 2011

As we get into March, I am traveling the first week of March and will do a full update by March 7th. Look below Feb to see what is happening for March.

Here is a last minute addition.

March 12 Venice Beach - March 13 Redondo Pier - Free Photo Walks in the LA area
Welcome to the first of many CliQwalks. This is a local event at a cool location in Southern California that brings together photographers at every level to have fun, be creative and learn how to shoot better. CliQwalks are two-hour photo excursions at a local destination of interest led by a knowledgeable photographer. The leader instructs the group on what to do, what to look for and how the day will go, and is available to help participants with specific camera functions and techniques throughout the day. Afterwards, the group meets up at a location to be determined to review pictures and possibly make prints or other fun things. CliQwalk-ers are encouraged to share their two best shots to the CliQ Facebook album to be eligible for the best image of the day, selected by the CliQwalk leaders. Hurry, space is limited to 40 people per CliQwalk! Visit

Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time through January. I was just out there on Jan 30th, Lots of gulls, found some brown and white Pelicans and a few large flocks of Snow Geese. A lot of the ducks are gone. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish.
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area:
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If you go to the Salton Sea, stop by Niland on Hwy 111. There is a well known site called Salvation Mountain that was built by a man to glorify God. Interesting and great pictures can be had. In Niland, go East on Main Street out of town, cross two railroad tracks and continue a couple of miles, you can't miss it.

Till April - Butterfly Exhibit -Living Desert Museum - Palm Springs
Fanciful Fliers is a 3,000 square foot walk-through exhibit filled with hundreds of fluttering butterflies and a dozen zippy hummingbirds within the setting of a tranquil garden. The thirty or so possible species of butterflies in the garden are all from North America, many from our Desert Southwest. They are as colorful as their names; Painted Lady, Tiger Swallowtail, Orange-barred Sulphur, Luna Moth and Zebra Longwing. The hummingbirds are all from the Desert Southwest and include the Anna�s, Costa�s, Black-chinned, Rufous and Broad-billed Hummingbirds. If you position yourself between the bird and the sun, you will be amazed at the iridescent colors of the male�s gorget. The garden includes over 60 species of butterfly and hummingbird friendly plants, many of which are in bloom. The exhibit is open from early October through the end of April, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Through Feb 26 - Ramona Grasslands Hawk Watch - Ramona
Each Saturday, bird-watchers observe and learn about wintering and resident raptors. Wildlife Reasearch Institute. (760) 789-3992.
Visit the Ramona Grasslands with the Wildlife Research Institute, Inc. Observe both our wintering and resident raptors. You will see raptors such as the Golden Eagle, the wintering Ferruginous Hawk, the Red-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon and the Red-shouldered Hawk. Nineteen (19) species of raptors alone have been recorded at this Raptor Hotspot! You will observe the wild raptors and learn the life-histories of these hawks and eagles and the significance of the Ramona Grassland ecosystem to the raptors’ survival from WRI Biologists. There will be demonstrations of hawk banding and tracking eagles with transmitters. This free, educational program is open to the public and rewarding for all ages. HAWKWATCH IS HELD EVERY SATURDAY IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2010 from 9 AM – 12 NOON. Program begins promptly at 9 am. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them, our biologists will have spotting scopes for your use. We recommend you layer your clothing and wear sturdy shoes, although there is no hiking. Our facility is handicapped accessible. Only heavy rain cancels. The event is at WRI Headquarters, which is located on Highland Valley Road near the intersection of Rangeland and Highland Roads. Directions: From the south & west, Take Highway 67 to Ramona and turn north (left turn) on Highland Valley Road for 2 miles and look for our sign, Wildlife Research Institute, Inc. on the right, 18030 Highland Valley Road. From the north, take Highway 78 to Ramona Main Street (Hwy 67) turn right, proceed 3 miles to Highland Valley Road turn north (right turn) for 2 miles and look for our sign, Wildlife Research Institute, Inc., 18030 Highland Valley Road.

Through April 17 Santa Anita Race Track - Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice. Get great close up shots and images of the horses runing the track. Also on weekends FREE tram tour, Board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take a tour of the stable area, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens. See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn, areas used during the filming of the movie Seabiscuit, the jockeys room, silks room, saddling paddock and walking ring with its topiaries and statuary. Meet the equine star of Seabiscuit, Fighting Furrari, who played the primary role in the film. See the carriage horses in their home under the grandstand. Truly a unique experience you will not soon forget. Tours depart at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the Santa Anita season, excluding Super Bowl Sunday and Derby Day. Season ends April 17th.

February 2011

Feb 5 - Lunar New Year Festival - Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival with entertainment, cultural events, food vendors. Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor Street.
Hours 10AM-5:30 PM The Festival will be held in the heart of one of the largest Chinese / American commercial districts in the southland. The one-day festivities attract about 50,000 people and consist of more than 250 booths. There are many theme-oriented venues giving attendees a taste of the Chinese culture. The food court is an ideal place to sample dishes from different regions. Admission is free.

Feb 5 - Lunar New Year Festival and Parade - Los Angeles
L.A's China Town ushers in the Year of the Rabbit during this two day celebration with a colorful Golden Dragon Parade on Feb. 5th, 1PM. Chinatown at Broadway and Hill Streets.

Feb 5 - CARe Show 2011 - San Juan Capistrano
Car Show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort. At San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. Coming South or North on Fwy 5. Exit Ortega Hwy and go west until dead end(toward Mission SJC).Turn left (south) at the light onto Camino Capistrano Turn right (west) at the light onto Del Obispo Go west toward the ocean for about 1 mile Turn left at the light onto Del Avion 8AM-2PM

Feb 12 - Air Show Naval Air Station - Coronado/San Diego
Parade of Flight is the theme this year. Gates open at 8 AM. Location is the Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado. Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) welcomes all to participate in the Centennial of Naval Aviation’s kickoff event on February 12, 2011. Watch Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aircraft, from pre-WWI to the present Blue Angels F/A-18 jets, as they parade over San Diego Bay. Enjoy this spectacular aerial review from the NASNI show center, which offers the best vantage point. On the ground, guests are encouraged to view 75+ historic static aircraft, classic car show, Metal Mulisha motorcycle jump demonstrations and LIVE entertainment. Tour the Navy’s USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier and an LHA, second only to a carrier in size and aircraft capacity. This Celebration of Naval Aviation kickoff event is open to the public — admission and parking are free. for more information.

Feb 18-20 - Long Beach Scottish Festival - Long Beach Queen Mary
Highland Dancing, bagpipe bands, athletic competitions, sheep-hearding demonstrations, concert and Scottish food. At the Queen Mary, Tickets $18.00, Senior $16.00 and includes a self tour of the ship.

Feb 18-21 - Whiskey Flats Days - Kernville
Parade, Rodeo, frog-jumping contest and food. Downtown.
Whiskey Flat Days is always held on Presidents Day Weekend in February. Our 54th Annual Whiskey Flat Days will be held February 18-21, 2011, and the theme is "Goin' To The Dogs". Take a step back in time and celebrate life in the 1850's. This old-fashioned, western style festival includes a parade, gunfighters, carnival, music, vendors, and a Whiskey Flat Encampment. Enter the Epitaph Contest, Frog Jumpin' Contest, Whiskerino Contest, and more! Be here to find out who will be our next Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat!

Feb 19-20 - Civil War Reeanactment - Calico
This is a great event in the old Calico Ghost Town just north of Barstow off Hwy 15. Battles at 11:45 AM and 2:30 PM but for best pictures get there early when they open which I believe is 10 AM. You can walk into the camps between battles and the old town gives you different backdrops than most such reenactments.

Feb 25-26-27 - Palm Springs Old World Renaissance Festival - Palm Springs
Step into a 1450-1600 European Village where villagers celebrate the arrival of Spring, The merchants setup their shops to sell their wares, the entertainers gather to perform for noble and peasant alike. More than 60 artisans present, sell and demonstrate their handcrafted wares. Pottery, jewelry, leather, clothing, chain maille, glass and many other European and English merchants offer a wide variety of authentic crafts. Location: Francis Stevens park, 538 N Palm Canyon Dr. 11AM-9PM Fri and Sat. 11AM-6PM Sun. $12.00 Adults, $9.00 Seniors.

Feb 26-27 - Desert Classic Concours D'Elegance - La Quinta, CA
This Classic car show is in the Palm Springs area. Over 150 cars on display at the La Qunita Resort.

March 2011

March 5-6 - Vista Civil War Reanactment - Vista
Location: Antique Gas and Steam Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Time: 10AM-5PM each day. Visitors can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, authentic battles, meet with the soldiers in their camps, attend demonstrations and more during the two-day festival. Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.

March 12-13 Los Angeles County Irish Festival - Pomona Fairplex
Hours 10-6, 1101 W. McKinley. Lots of Irish events, food and drink. $18.00 adults, $16.00 Seniors

March 12-13 Annual CSU Long Beach Pow Wow - Long beach
Admission is Free, Parking $4.00, event in the central quad.
dancing, Arts, Crafts and Food, starts at 11:00 each day with Gord dancing.

March 12-13 El Centro Air Show - El Centro Navel Air FacilityMany photography hobbyist and several professional photographers take advantage of the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show to get some spectacular photographs. Visitors to the Air Show are welcome and encouraged to take photographs of the event. Gates open at 8AM. See the website for more info and lots of pictures of past shows.

March 12 Del Mar Kiwanis Ugly Dog Contest - Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Contest has branched out from just plain ugly dogs to 14 categories including Best Mutt and Dog Who Most Looks Like Its Owner. Paddock Green at Del Mar.

March 19 People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc.

March 26-27 Civil War Reenactment - Anaheim.
This event is held at St. Catherin's Military School, 215 N. Harbor Blvd. It's not as big as some but a lot of the students in military uniforms can make for great pictures. You are allowed to go in the camps between battles. Watch out for some of the buildings outside the campus that might get in your image. Parking is on the streets.

March 24-27 Palm Springs Wild West Fest and Rodeo - Palm Springs
PRCA Rodeo Events, music festival, rodeo parade, food and chili cookoff. East Lawn of Palm Springs Convention Center. Rodeo 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. Rodeo Time, Friday 6PM, Sat and Sun. 2 PM.

March 26 - Riverside Airport Air Show - Riverside
9AM-4PM at the Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road. Now in its 18th year, the Riverside Airshow continues to be one of Riverside’s two largest family entertainment events. Free Admission. This one-day show attracts 70,000 spectators from Riverside and the Inland Empire to see the most exciting aerial performers in the airshow business today. With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity.

APRIL 2011

April 1-3 Del Mar Nationals - (car show) Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. Hours 8-5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday 8-3.

April 2-3 Civil War Reenactment - Prado Park - Chino. Prado Park is off Euclid, south of Chino. This is my favorite civil war reenactment. It is big, covers a lot of land and the battles are in a large field of rolling hills. Not much in the background to get in your way. Large camps with lots to shoot, lots of vendors. 2 Show Battles daily, 1 and 6 PM Saturday; 11am and 3pm Sunday.

April 2-3 and 9-10 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily

April 9-May 8 Butterflys at Wild Animal Park - Escondido
Every Spring the Wild Animal Park has a small Butterfly House, Butterfly Jungle. Get there when the park opens, by lunch the lines are a mile long. Also the butterflys are less active in the morning when the air is still cool so images are easier to get, when it gets warm, they don't sit still for long. Good selection but small.

April 9 - May 22 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM. $25.00 at the Gate.

April 10 Hurst Car Show - West Hills
Hurst Car Show. 3rd Annual Car Show open to all American made cars (street rods, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, etc.) Spectators get in FREE! Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will be held at Corporate Point at West Hills, 8521 Fallbrook, West Hills.

April 16 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2011 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 3 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $15.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show.

April 16 People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc.

April 16-17 California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Hours 10am-6pm, Lots of enteratinment, foot, crafts, etc. Location: Lancaster City park 43011 N 10th Street West. If you go, be sure to go to the Poppy Perserve where the real pictures are. Admission prices are $8 for adults (13-61), $5 for seniors and children (6-12) and free for children under 5. Parking is free.

April 15-17 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM each day, gates open at 12:30.

April 16-24 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessioners are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun.

Apr 17 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
17th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 400 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell. 425 pre-1975 Street Rods, Custom and Classic vehicles will be on display. The show is estimated to bring out 15,000+ spectators to the beautiful Plaza area in the City of Orange. It is a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy. Local restaurants and shops will welcome all in attendance. There is no admission fee for spectators.

April 17 Civil War Reenactment - Ft. Tejon.
Ft Tejon was an actual Fort during the civil war days. It is between Bakersfield and LA in the Grapevine area on Hwy. 5
Battles are at 10:30AM and 1:00 PM on the 3rd Sunday during the Spring and Summer. Like all events, get there early to get the best images. battles are on the actual old Fort Tejon grounds among some of the old buildings. Bring lunch.

April 24-May 1 Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Big yearly event at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Tours, street shows, living history performers, buffalo soldiers and lots of music and food. For more information call 661-286-4021 or

MAY 2011

Through May 22 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM. $25.00 at the Gate.

May 7 - June 19 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; $12 Military with valid ID; Children under 5 Free.

May 14 Moonridge Zoo Photographers Day and Photo Contest - Big Bear
This small zoo in the mountains has a photo day and contest to get pictures for their calender. Susan and I had 4 images in the 2009 Calender. View at the website. Photo Day is 10AM-4PM. Special photo ops with some of the animals.

May 14-15 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
A One-of-a-kind Automotive Cultural Event, this oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d'Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over 8 acres of lawns. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday.

May 15 Civil War Reenactment - Ft. Tejon.
Ft Tejon was an actual Fort during the civil war days. It is between Bakersfield and LA in the Grapevine area on Hwy. 5
Battles are at 10:30AM and 1:00 PM on the 3rd Sunday during the Spring and Summer. Like all events, get there early to get the best images. battles are on the actual old Fort Tejon grounds among some of the old buildings. Bring lunch.

May 21 - Battle of the Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
The festival includes "Battle of the Mariachis", live musical entertainment, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers compete for cash prizes. At the Mission

JUNE 2011

June 3-5 - Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
FESTIVAL LOCATION: Lake Skinner Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596
GATES OPEN: 5:00 pm FRIDAY, 6:00 am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY HOURS: Friday - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm., Saturday - 6:00 am to 11:00 pm., Sunday - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Photographers revel in the visuals from dawn mass balloon ascensions to evening balloon glows. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. with a country music concert on the main stage, arts and craft fair, wine tasting and the luminescent extravaganza known as the "Balloon Glow." The Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air. Whether done to a musical beat or the crowd’s demand to “Glow,” the balloons appear to dance as they flicker and shine against the hues of dusk and nightfall. Held both Friday and Saturday nights around 8 p.m. (after dusk), the Glow is one of the most popular entertainment options of the Festival. Saturday and Sunday mornings are spectacular at the Festival when colorful hot air balloons dot the pastel dawn skies of Temecula. The mass balloon ascension takes place between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as hot air balloons need the cool morning air to fly.