Photo Quest September 2019: Clouds & Sky

Crepuscular rays shine from behind a cloud hovering over the Laguna Crest, Garnet Peak, Mount Laguna, California

September is here, and so is the next photo quest! After a mild August, we’re hoping for more monsoon activity in September, which will hopefully bring not just increased humidity to help our already A/C-challenged respiratory systems, but also bring big, beautiful, dramatic clouds & sky. Because guess what, that’s the theme for the September photo quest! 🙂

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June 2019 Photo Quest: Silhouettes

1st place, Landscape category: Alexander S. Kunz

Since photography itself is a flat rendition, the silhouette, defined as “a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, filled in with black (or another color)”, is perhaps one of the creative expressions that comes most easily to photography, and – who would have guessed it – the theme for our monthly photo quest in June 2019 is: Silhouettes.

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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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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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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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