Thursday, February 4, 2016

SO CAL Photo Opps February 2016

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2016
Feb. 6th  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 6, 2016 (8am - 4:30pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Jeff Sullivan, will share "Little Known California Photo Opportunities". 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. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register,

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,

This event will be held at Crown Plaza 3131 S. Bristol St. Costa Mesa CA  Visit for more info.

 SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2016

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.
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area:
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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.
You can get pretty close on the boardwalks provided.

Through July 10th  -   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.

Feb 6 -  CARe Show 2016  -  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.

Feb 7 - 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.

Feb 12-21 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. 82-503 Hwy 111

Feb 12-14 - Cathedral City Hat Air Balloon Festival - Cathedral City.
Tethered balloon rides, sunrise launches, evening balloon glow.  Art  Show, Dance Party.  Approx 30 balloons.  Cathedral City Town Square 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero Cathedral City, CA 
Valentines Weekend.  www.

Feb  12-15 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville,  Feb 12 - 11AM Whiskey Flat Encampment.  Feb 13 - 11AM  Parade, 1PM Rodeo.  Feb. 14 - 1PM Rodeo, 2PM Frog Jumping.

Feb 13-14  - 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.

Feb 12-14 - Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese celebaration of the Lunar New Year, cultural village, entertainment, food, vendors, lion dance, games.  Mira Mesa Community Park,

Feb 13-14  - 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. 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. 13 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. 9AM-3PM

Feb 13 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.

Feb 13 - Sweetheart Car Show - Temecula
Classic and Custom Cars and street rods, food vendors and mucis.  St. Thomas of Canterbury Espiscopal Church, 44651 Avenida del Missiones.

 Feb 20 - 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 20-21  -  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 20th and 21st, 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 27 - 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.