Thursday, March 27, 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS APRIL 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS   
APRIL 2014

 April 5-27  - Butterfly Jungle - Wild Animal Park -- Escondido
Butterfly Jungle at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido . It's a small exhibit will open April 5th. It's best to get there early before the lines form. When it gets busy they only allow so many in at a time. Opens 9 AM to 7 PM, Usually many varieties of butterflies makes it easy for images.
http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle/

Through April 21 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 running 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 topiary 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 Derby Day. Season ends April 21st. http://www.santaanita.com

Through May 11 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
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. 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 www.theflowerfields.com for more information. Hours 9-6.

April 5  -  USS Coronado Commissioning - Coronado
The US Navy commissions its new USS Coronado, the second of the Navy's sleek new class of combat ships.  Air Station (NAS) North Island.  www.coronadocommissioning.net

 .April 5 - Riverside Airport Air Show - Riverside
9AM-4PM at the Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road. Now in its 22nd year, the Riverside Airshow continues to be one of Riverside’s two largest family entertainment events. Free Admission. This one-day show attracts 90,000 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. http://www.riversideca.gov/airshow.

 April 5-6  - Prado Civil War Re-Enactment - Chino
This large re-enactment covers a large part of the Prado Regional Park, Battles are at 1PM and 5 PM on Sat.; 11AM and 3 PM Sunday. Battles are on rolling hills that make for a realistic background and helps block distractions in the background. You can visit the camps and lots of food for sale. The park charges $10.00 to park and the event is $10.00. http://sccwa.com/pradopublicflyer11.pdf

April  5-6 - Scandinavian Festival - Thousand Oaks
Folk dancing, music, dames, kids activities, food vendors and a Viking Encampment and Sami village. 10AM-5PM California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Rd. www.scandinaviancenter.org

April 5-6  -  Central Coast Orchid Show and Sale  -  Arroyo Grande
Orchid displays represented by hobbyists, several orchid societies and vendors.  South County Regional Center.  www.fcos.org.

 April 5-May 18 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.  Hours 10-7.

April 12 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2012 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2011. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 5 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. http://socalwoodies.com/doheny.htm

April 12-13 - San Bernardino Railroad Days - San Bernardino
Amtrack and BNSF trains, a steam engine, railroad artifacts, reenactors, food, music and vendors.
A steam powered excursion train will be operated to San Bernardino Railroad Days, sponsored by the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum.
Saturday: The steam special will be operated from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, departing at 10:00 am, over the Metrolink San Gabriel Subdivision.
Sunday: The train will return to Los Angeles, departing San Bernardino at 3:00 pm. San Bernardino Depot, 1170 W Third St. www.sbdepotmuseum.com Check website to verify times.

April 13 - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance - La Jolla
More than 150 classic vehicles including horseless carriages, woodies, vintage motorcycles and British, Italian and German marques. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard. www.lajollamotorcarclassic.com

Apr 13 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
 20th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 425 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. carshow@orangesunriserotary.org. 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. http://www.orangesunriserotary.org/orangeplazacarshow/abouttheshow.html

 April 19 - Veterans Parade - Riverside
Floats, bands, equestrians, marching units, military veterans. Begins at Riverside Community College along Magnolia to Market St, right on 10th St., Right on Main St. and ends at the old historic courthouse.10AM-Noon. Staging area is the lower Riverside City College Parking lot. www.asalutetovetrans.com

 April 19-27 - 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 concessions are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

April 24-27 - Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Real Cowboys show off their poetry, storytelling, music, food and trick roping. Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, 24715 Oak Creek, Newhall. www.cowboyfestival.org
April 26-27 - California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Live entertainment, exhibits, arts and crafts, food and kids activities. Lancaster City Park. www.poppyfestival.com  43011 10th St. West

April 25-27 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
Probably not good for serious photography as they do not allow lens longer than 3 inches!  I just found out when I called to get tickets.
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview. 12584 Mapleview St.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM Sat and Sun., gates open at 12:30. also Fri and Sat. at 7:30 PM. www.lakesiderodeo.com

April 27  -  Heartbeat Happening Car Show  -  Valley Center
More than 200 classic cars and big rigs on view.  Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd.  www.heartbeatclassicchevys.com

Friday, February 28, 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS March 2014


SO CAL PHOTO OPPS   MARCH 2014

Through April 21 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 running 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 topiary 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 Derby Day. Season ends April 21st. http://www.santaanita.com

March 2014

March 1-May 11 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
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. 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 www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

March 1 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. www.lapurisimamission.org

March 1-2  and March 8-9  -   Festival of Whales  -  Dana Point Harbor   
The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!  See Schedule on web site.  http://festivalofwhales.com/dana-point-festival-of-whales-event-listing

March 4  -  Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp  -- San Diego
San Diego celebrates Fat Tuesday with a parade and block party, live music, street performers.  Gaslamp Quarter, www.sdmardigras.com 

March 7-8  - Temecula Rod Run - Temecula
Rock n Roll music and up to 700 Hot Rods and Classic cars on dsplay.  Friday is Cruise night, Saturday is Show Day.  Old Town Temecula.  www.temeculaevents.org
 
March 8-9 - 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 3:00 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. http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/VistaCivWar.html

March 8-9 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 Gourd dancing.
www.csulb.edu/powwow.
 
March 8-9  -  Sea Glass Festival - Cayucos
Vendors from across the country sell and display their sea glass treasures and creations.  Cayucos Veterans Hall at Cayucos Pier.  www.cayucosseaglass.com

 March 15 El Centro Air Show - El Centro Navel Air Facility
Many 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. Air Show features the Blue Angel Navy Flight Demonstration Squadrons's first appearance of the season. Gates open at 9AM. See the website for more info and lots of pictures of past shows. http://www.navylifesw/elcentroairshow

March 15 Mission Life Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
Join the costumed docents and staff for an opportunity to observe and participate in the craft activities that supplied the needs of the mission residents. Demonstrated crafts may include: tortilla making, candle making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, pottery, and blacksmithing. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. www.lapurisimamission.org

March 15 - Saint Patricks Day Parade and Festival - San Diego
Bagpippers, bands, equestrians, floats and drill teams parade up Fifth Ave. and down Sixth Street. Parade with 120 entries starts at Sixth and Juniper at 10:30 AM Festival at Balboa Park starts at 10:00 AM www.stpatsparade.org

March 15  -  Vallecito Days  - Vallecito Valley, San Diego County
Join us for the Sixth Annual Vallecito days, celebrating life on the 1860s frontier and the role of the Southern Overland trail during the Civil war.  Visit with a Civil War infantry squad as they re-enact the California Column’s 1862 march from California to Texas and camp at the Vallecito Stage Station County Park throughout the weekend.  Tour the Vallecito Stage Station.  Visit the Mountain Man camp for hands-on demonstrations.  Vallecito Regional Park,  37349 County Route S2 between mile markers 34 and 35.  10AM-4PM  NO FOOD http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/reusable_components/images/parks/doc/Vallecito/2013_Vallecito_Days.pdf
 March 15-16 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.  http://stcatherinesacademy.org/events/civilwar.aspx
 
March 22  -  Bonita High School Auto Shop Car Show - La Verne
Vintage cars, motorcycles, hot rods and trucks on display.  Bonita High School, 3102 D St.

 March 22 - 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  Parade begins at 11AM followed by a Street Fair. Historic Town Center Park. www.swallowsparade.org.
 
March 23 --  Daffodil Show  -  Julian
More than a thousand daffodils on display plus daffodil experts and art show.  Julian Town Hall.  www.julianca.com

 March 29-30 Mountain Men Days - La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
Buckskin clad members of the American Mountain Men share mountain men history and skills. Cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making, and blacksmithing are among the skills that visitors may experience. Equipment will be on display and tall tales will surround the campfire.  10AM-3:30PM.  http://www.lapurisimamission.org/events/  Hwy 246 near Lompoc.

March 29-30 - Spring Busker Festival - San Diego
Dozens of urban artists gather in San Diego to perform their family-friendly acts for the crowds.Noon-5PM Seaport Village, Harbor Drive and Pacific Hwy. www.seaportvillage.com  FREE
 
March 28-30  - Trona Centennial  -  Trona
Mining Town in San Bernardino County's Searles Valley on the way to Death Valley celebrates its 100th year.  Parade Mar 29th, car show, Wild Burro adaptation, street fair and tours.  760-372-4091
 
March 30  -  Desert Concorso -   Palm Desert
Exotic Italian and other European cars.  Shadow Mountain Resort.  45750 San Luis Rey Ave.,  www.desertconcorso.com

 

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

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS January 2014

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2014

Happy New Year!  This is my 4th 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 2014

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 1 - Cabrillo Beach Polar Swim - San Pedro
Swimmers celebrate 2012 with a plunge in the chilly waters of the pacific. Noon
www.cabrillobeachpolarbears.com

Jan 1-2 - Rose Parade-Post Parade Floats - Pasadena
After the Rose Parade concludes, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Blvds. for public viewing.  www.tournamentofroses.com  This info from Roger Evens of ACES:  The dates reportedly are Wednesday January 1 following the parade and the mornings of January 2 and 3. For January 2 and 3 the times  for seniors and handicapped individuals are 7:00 am to 9:00 am and that is the time you want to be there.  At 9:00 am the gates open to the general public  and then thousands pour in. B y 10:00 am I don’t even want to be there.
 For lens I always take two.  A 16-36 for longer floats like the one attached and up to 300MM for individual items on the floats. At 7:00 it is normally chilly and I like to have a sweater. Later the sun will be out and the sweater needs to come off. Bulk becomes an issue if you have worn a coat. There is no room for on street parking. Plan on $10 for parking and head for the closest lot when you arrive. This can be a fun day and you can capture some exciting stuff for competition or sharing.  I recommend this outing.

Jan 11-12 - 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 5 - Oshogatsu Family Festival - Los Angeles
Japanese New Years celebration includes pounding of the sweet rice, traditional foods. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E 1st St. www.janm.org  11AM-5PM Year of the Horse.

Jan 17-20 - 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 18-19  - 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. They will have a photo contest.

Jan 25 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Horse. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 24-26 - 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

Jan 25-26 - 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 8AM-5PM,

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 - Garden Grove
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 Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Ave. Tet Festival guests may park for free at Bolsa Grande High School  9401 Westminster Ave.

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 15-17 - 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.  www.calicotown.com

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SO Cal Photo Opps December 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - December 2013

Not much going on in  December except for the usual Holiday activities. If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net

Through-Jan 1 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds. www.holidayoflights.com

Through-Jan 8 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Through-Jan 20 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Through-Dec 22 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.

Through Febuary  -  Salton Sea
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
Burrowing 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

Dec 7 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment. www.missionsjc.com

Dec 14 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM

Dec 8 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 www.bowers.org

Dec 13-14 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd. www.lmvma.com 5pm-10pm

Dec 21 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 30 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats. Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk. Downtown SD, www.holidaybowl.com

Sunday, November 3, 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2013

Not much going on in November and December except for the usual Holiday activities.  If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net


Nov 1-Jan 20 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Nov 9 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, bands concerts, war birds and military vehicles, airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Ave., Riverside.  www.flabob.org  9AM-4PM

Nov 9 - Vettes for Veterans Car Show - Carlsbad
More than 100 Corvettes on display.  TGI Fridays, Palomar Airport Road www.northcoastvettes.org
To benefit San Diego area Veterans Groups.

Nov 9-10  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Moorpark
More than 800 reenactors participate in the battle of Antietam 1862.  You can watch the battle unfold, visit the encampments and visit the period craft displays.  Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA  www.moorparkrotary.com

Nov 18-Jan 17  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  $6.00 to skate

Nov 22-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgrounds. www.holidayoflights.com

Nov 29-Jan 8 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Nov 30-Dec 22 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas a Tree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS OCTOBER 2013

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2013

OCTOBER 2013 Oct 3 - Nov 3 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 5-6 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

Oct 6  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $25.95 per person, $19.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 6  -  Spyders in the Garden  -  Arcadia
At the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden!  Pre-1970's classic and replica cars will be parked throughout the arboretum plus a meet and greet with the drivers.  www.arboretum.org.

Oct 6  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

 Oct 12  - Rendezvous in Poway - Poway
Historical encampments, gunfighting reenactments, mock train robberies, Gatling gun and cannon demos, blacksmiths, train rides and panning for Gold.  Old Poway Park.  www.poway.org 14134 Midland Rd.  Starts at 10 AM.

 Oct 12 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

 Oct 13 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 12-13 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

Oct 12-13  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 19-20 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 18-19-20 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 18, 19 & 20, 2013 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 26-27 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authenic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. Last year we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 27 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net