Photo Quest April 2019: Obstacles

"Natural Obstacle" - a dense growth of bamboo makes passing through impossible. Photo (C) Alexander S. Kunz

For our April 2019 photo quest, we picked a broad topic that should give everyone plenty of ways to interpret it – the caveat being that you can submit only ONE photo as your submission to our photo quest – and the other that you’re photo must be made in April 2019, of course. The theme is:

Obstacles

Think about all the things that can be an obstacle, and in which way. If you have an idea, think about how you can best convey this idea in a photo. We’re looking forward to everyone’s interpretation and creative expression!

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Gallery: Freshwater (Photo Quest March 2019)

Dean Angelico - Moon over Lake Elsinore

The theme for our monthly photo quest in March 2019 was “Freshwater” and our member’s submissions are in the gallery below. Thanks everyone for taking part! We hope you had fun and enjoyed making photos for the quest.

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Photo Quest March 2019: Freshwater

The Waterfall at Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, California. July 2012.

After the wonderful winter rains we had, San Diego County’s rivers and creeks are running, the waterfalls are flowing, and vernal pools & reservoirs alike are filled with fresh water.

For our March 2019 Photo Quest, we want to see…

Your photos of natural bodies of fresh water.
No salt water! Everything except the ocean!

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Gallery: Shrublands (Photo Quest 2/2019)

Erica Miller - Blue Ceanothus

The theme for our February 2019 Photo Quest was “Shrublands” and here’s the gallery with member submissions. We know that this theme required “getting into” the subject in more than one way – we truly appreciate everyone’s submissions. Our monthly photo quest is a members-only activity. If you want to take part, please join the Sierra Club Photo Section.

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Photo Quest February: Shrublands

Coastal Chaparral and morning fog, Torrey Pines.

Did you know that you live in a biodiversity hot spot? In fact, all of California is, but San Diego County has more biodiversity than any other county in North America (source: SDSU). Wow! The most dominant vegetation form are shrublands, known as chaparral and sagebrush, stretching all the way from the coast to the Laguna crest, and into the semi-arid high desert.

With the arrival of winter rains, the shrublands at lower elevations are already putting on an impressive show of spring festivities, in the form of fresh green sprouting, wildflowers popping up at the side of trails, and regrowth on bushes and shrubs (that appeared dead and desiccated just a few months ago).

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Gallery: Rainy Days (Photo Quest January 2019 Results)

Mark Ochenduszko - Palm Tree Raindrops

Our first photo quest of 2019 was themed “Rainy Days” and here’s the gallery with submissions from our members. We think 14 submissions is a new record – thanks to everyone who took part. We hope y’all had fun chasing rain(drops)!

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Rainy Days (Photo Quest January 2019)

Light breaks through the clouds of a winter storm at the north-facing slopes of Palomar Mountain, Highway 371, Aguanga, California, January 2017.

As we write this, the weather service talks about potentially four storms lined up to bring rain to Southern California – yes, it is our rainy season, and after the abysmally dry water year of 2017/2018, we want to celebrate it. Our theme for the first monthly photo quest thus is:

Rainy Days!

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Gallery: December 2018 Photo Quest – Your Best Photo

Rick Barr - Grand Canyon Storm

For our last photo quest in 2018, we asked our members to not make a new photo for a change – but instead go through their archives just this once, and pick one single photo that they like the most from the year. The gallery below contains their submissions.

Thank you all who regularly took part in our photo quests last year – your dedication to photography and your support of the club’s activities are much appreciated! Stay tuned for more quests this year! 🙂

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Photo Quest December: Your Best Photo from 2018

3rd place, Wildlife Non-Captive category: Carlo Toribio

For our last Monthly Photo Quest, we’re sending you on a different mission: look at all of the photos you made in 2018 – and select one single image! Your best, most favorite, special photograph of the year. That’s the one we want to see!

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Gallery: Iconic San Diego (Photo Quest November 2018)

James McGinn - Spanish Village

Our photo quest in November 2018 was “Iconic San Diego”. Below is the gallery with our member’s submissions to the quest. Thanks a lot to everyone who took part!

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