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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Gallery: Square

Dave Miller - Toes squared in Del Mar

The theme for our monthly photo quest in October was “Square” and we expected a large number of submissions because that’s EASY, right? Well… perhaps it wasn’t – or perhaps it was TOO easy? 😉 Either way, here are the images that you submitted for the quest. Thanks a lot to everyone who participated!

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Photo Quest November: Iconic San Diego

Jim McGinn - Hotel Del

November is here! Which means it’s time for a new monthly photo quest. The theme this month is “Iconic San Diego”. San Diego has plenty of “iconic” locations and landmarks and we want you to get out with your camera and make a photo the one that is the most iconic – to you!

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Photo Quest October: Square

Old train detail, Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum, Campo, California, July 2018.

New month and new chance to win absolutely nothing in our monthly photo quest – except for the incredible experience of getting out with your camera, thinking creatively, and making a photo for the quest in which you interpret the theme! Which should be its own reward, of course. On top of that though, your photo will get featured in the gallery of submissions that we post once the quest is complete (and the month is over). Does that sound awesome? Are you in?

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