August 2019 Activity: Dragonflies at Santee Lakes with Steve Cirone

Announcing the Sierra Club Photo Section August 2019 Activity: Photographing Dragonflies at Santee Lakes with our president Steve Cirone.

As usual, this is not a Sierra Club outing. You may join up, leave, participate at your will on the scheduled evening. Please continue reading for the details.

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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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March 2019 Activity: Los Penasquitos Canyon Hike

Sycamore bending over a single track hiking trail, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, California, July 2018.

Join us for our March 2019 photographic activity – we’re going for a hike in the riparian woodlands of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve with Photo Section vice-president Alexander S. Kunz. Trails at the preserve wind through a beautiful canopy of oaks and sycamores, and along the creek that forms quiet pools and ponds here and there.

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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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January 2019 Meeting: Michael Ready

A pair of leopard dorid nudibranchs (Diaulula sandiegensis). Cave of Wonder, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

We’re starting the new year with our first meeting on Saturday, January 12th, 2019, at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library Community Room, from 2 PM to 4 PM (1:30 get together and setup – complete details at the bottom of this post).

Our main presentation will feature Michael Ready, with his presentation “Windows to Secret Worlds – natural history, science, and conservation photography in the intertidal and other vital margins.”

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October 13 Meeting: Susan Coppock

Cactus Lightning

You are invited to the October 13 meeting of Sierra Club Photo Section at the Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library Community Room, featuring Susan Coppock and her presentation “Chasing Storms & Photographing Lightning.”

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The Beauty of Trees (Photo Quest September)

Majestic Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) bending over a trail at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, California, June 2012.

New month, new monthly photo quest! This month, we’re looking for…

“The Beauty of Trees.”

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August Activity: Dragonflies at Santee Lakes

Dragonfly by Steve Cirone (Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm II lens, Canon 600EX hot shoe flash)

For our August activity, please join us at Santee Lakes for Dragonfly Photography with our president Steve Cirone. Dragonflies are active during the day – when we meet at 10 in the morning they’re still warming up and are a lot more static, that makes photographing them easier.

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