Thursday, January 30, 2014

SO CAL Photo Opps - February 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2014

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 is now through January. 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. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach

Through April 22  -   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.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

 Jan 31-Feb2 - Lunar New Year Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese New Year Festival with a cultural village, entertainment, food, dragon dance. Mira Mesa Cumunity Park, www.sdtet.com 11:00 AM Sat and Sun.

February 2014

Feb 1  -  CARe Show 2014  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car Show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  8am-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow

 Feb 6-9  -  NHRA Winternationals - Pomona
Drag Racing, car displays, daily cacklefests and exhibition runs by legendary tribute cars.  Auto Raceway,  www.nhratix.com

Feb 7,8,9  - Tet Festival - Costa Mesa
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year. Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh. www.tetfestival.org Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Admission $5.00.  Fri. 3PM-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM, Sun. 10AM-9PM  This even use to be held in Garden Grove.

Feb 7-8 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com

Feb 8 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.  www.alhambranewyearfestival.com

Feb. 8 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM

Feb 14-17 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org

Feb 15-16  -  Strathearn Museum Civil War Encampment - Simi Valley
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilians.
 On both February 15th and 16th, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire.  The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Highly regarded Lincoln impersonator, (to be announced), will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address” both Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information.  The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children five to twelve years old. Children under five are free
 Feb 15-17 - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.  http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

Feb 14-23 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111.

Feb 23  -  Desert Classic Concours d"Elegance  -  Rancho Mirage
More then 150 domestic and foreign classic cars, sports and racing vechicles.  Theme, 100 years of Maseratti History.  Desert Princess Country Club.  www.desertconcours.com