Monday, January 5, 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2015

 Happy New Year!  This is my 5th year of publishing Photogenic Events for Southern California.  Sometimes it seems like a chore to keep it up to date but it has been a labor of love.

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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

January 2015

Through June 28  -   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 10-11 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
Aerobatics, parachute teams, car show, aircraft displays and food. Cable Airport is located at the North West corner of 13th and Benson in the very west end of San Bernardino County in the city of Upland, 1748 W 13th St. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM-4:30PM show starts at 10AM, Free Parking, $10.00 admission.  This is a great little air show, I have photographed it twice.

 Jan 16-19 - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - Morro Bay
Photograph and learn about the area's native and transitory bird species. Experts lead more than 110 field trips during the festival including boat trips and kayak trips. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. (866) 464-5105

Jan 17-18  - Asian American Expo - Pomona
At the Fairplex. Lunar New Year celebration with more than 800 exhibitors, live music, folk art and Asian food. www.asianamericanexpo.com. Hours 10AM-7PM in Halls 4,5,6,7 & 8. Admission $9.00, Seniors 7.00, $1.00 off coupon on website. Mainly a food festival.

Jan 23-25 - Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com $25.00 + parking.

Jan 24-25  Food and Water Bowl - Cat Show  -  Del Mar
An all-breed cat show, feline agility competition, adoptions and vendors.  Presented by the San Diego Cat Fanciers.  Del Mar Fairgrounds.  www.sandiegocat.org.

 Jan  31-Feb 1 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198. Open 9AM-5PM,

 Jan  31 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Goat. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays and parade. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 31 -  CARe Show 2015  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

February 2015

Feb.  21st  Special Event
PSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 21, 2015 (8am - 4pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Stephen Burns, will address photo enhancement and help you explore your creative side. The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products, sign-up for Stephen Burn’s workshops & classes, participate in a drawing, and socialize with photo friends from the southwestern area. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA (near Glendale & Pasadena). Go the 2015 Event page on the Chapter website for more information - including a link to the speaker’s web site, location directions and maps, and a list of area activities. You can also link directly to the program/schedule.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2015

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

Elephant Seals at San Simeon
This is the time of the year the Elephant Seals come to a beach area north of San Simeon, just north of Hearst Castle, about 7 miles.  This time of the year they are having babies and then the males come in to mate--lots of action.  http://www.elephantseal.org/
You can get pretty close on the boardwalks provided.

Through June 28  -   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

Feb 1 - Surf City Marathon and Lifestyle Expo  -  Huntington Beach
Annual oceanfront marathon, half marathon and wheelchair marathon.  Also surf rock-inspired bands.  Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street.  www.runsurfcity.com

Feb 13-22 - 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  13-16 - 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 14-16  - 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 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com North Palm Canyon

Feb. 14 - 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 21 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.  www.alhambranewyearfestival.com

Feb 21 - Kids Pet Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).  10AM-1PM. Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street.


Feb 21-22  -  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 21st and 22nd, 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 20-22  - 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 28 - Race on the Base - Los Alamitos
The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family! For more info, 562-430-1073. http://www.raceonthebase.com/

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