Monday, March 7, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps March 2011

Through March - Fresno Blossom Trail - Fresno County
Actually for most of the San Joaquin Valley, this time of the year can be beautiful color from the blooming of the nut and fruit trees that are grown in that area. Great photographs can be had. Visit for maps and more information about where to go. This may be a little late for this season but check it out if you are driving up Hwy 99 through this area.

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 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.

March 2011

March 1-May 8 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. There will be a Canon Macro Photography workshop on Sunday April 17th, 10:30am - 3:00pm. Come and celebrate the beauty of The Flower Fields® with Canon USA at a macro photography workshop. The workshop is free with paid park admission. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County:
Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit for more information.

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 11-13 - Orchid Show - Santa Barbara
Displays of hundreds of different orchid species and named varieties by exhibitors from North and South America, the South Pacific, Australia, and Asia. Vast selection of blooming orchid plants, corsages, art works and orchid supplies for sale. Works of art with an orchid theme for viewing and sale. Free workshops on orchid care led by orchid experts. Unique flower arrangement and corsage exhibition. Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds Exhibit Building Highway 101 and Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 General admission $12.00, 65 and older $10.

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

March 12-13 - Kite Party - Huntington Beach
Professionals showcase their colorful stunt kites with their aerobatic skills--at the pier.

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. Music, traditional foof, pipers, leprechaun village, sheephearding femos and Celtic Arts.

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 - Swallows Day Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Annual Parade and street fair and marketplace to celebrate the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph Day. Historic Town Center Park.

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 - Crew Classic - San Diego
Regatta rowers from accross the country participate in one of the most distinquished rowing competitions in the US. Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay. There will be 106 races over two days. Across seven lanes, with the city skyline as a backdrop.

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 - Battle of Costa Mesa - Costa Mesa
Fairview Park - Fairview Park’s uneven landscape serves as a perfect battleground for the men who reenact the “Battle of Costa Mesa” while dressed in “period correct” uniforms. With horses and weapons and various attires, some represented the United States and others represented various groups of the Southern states.

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 16-17 - Spring Busker Festival - San Diego Seaport Village
Noon to 5 PM - Free. Unsual street performers from accross the nation perform their family-friendly acts for the crowds. At Seaport Village. A Busker is a street performer. Known for their unusual and comedic acts in Boston's Faneuil Hall or standing statue-like, painted in gold on San Francisco's Pier 39, these artists perform for tips in public venues across the globe. San Diego's Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation's top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

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

April 30 - Doo Dah Parade - Pasadena
Annual Parade along Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvd. Over 1,200 revelers will participate in this year’s Doo Dah, including the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning, Howdy Krishna, Stupidiotic Evolution, Mystik Krewe d’Dieux Dah, Zombies of Debt, Flying Baby Street Racing and Stroller Cross, Men of Leisure, LA Derby Dolls, Dead Robert Palmer Girls, Drunk in the Garage, and classics like the Benzedrine Monks, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, Amnesty International, Raelian Religion, Doo Dah Random Dancers, Wicked Tinkers, Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, Caesar’s Circus, Fabulous Sons of Ed Wood, Horses on Astroturf, The Disco Drill Team, L.A. Parrotheads, Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, AND MANY, MANY MORE!!! Starts at 11:00 AM.

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 7 - National Train Day - Los Angeles
Downtown Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more: •The Railroad Braceros Exhibit* •Train Equipment Displays* •Model Train Displays* •AmtraKids Depot Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*
•National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit* •Snapshot Station •Trains Move our Economy Exhibit* •Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Marcel Lagnaz •Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey®* •Amtrak California: A Winning Partnership* •Live performances.

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
The 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 eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on Heroes’ Deli ribs and beer and listen to live music. Make sure to visit our special gallery exhibits featuring Pinewood Design ‘11 and car themed artwork in the main gallery. Proceeds benefit our childrens art programs. There will also be a special performance on Sunday, May 15, by Janet Klein and her Parlour Boys. They wowed us last year with their bawdy songs from the 1920s. 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.

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