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Field Trip: Condors at the Pinnacles (9:00 AM PDT)
Field Trip:  Condors at the Pinnacles Date:  May 4, 2019 Hosted by: Kent Bossange Description This is a trip to the Pinnacles National Park, a 1 hr 45 min drive south of San Jose.  The goal of the trip is to photograph condors in the wild. The condor, a carrion eater, is the largest vulture in North America. Several decades ago it was almost extinct due to the use of DDT.  Since the 1980’s the bird population has slowly been re-established with one of the largest colonies being at the Pinnacles.   The condors are often seen soaring above and around the Pinnacles.  There may also be opportunities to photograph other birds.  And depending on the weather in April, wild flowers may still be abundant. Location We will meet in the Chaparral Parking lot on the West side of the park.  This is a 98 mile drive from the intersection of Hwy’s 85 and 17, south to Soledad via 101.  From Soledad one takes state road 146 to the Chaparral Parking lot which dead-ends at the trail head.  There is an entrance fee of $30 per vehicle (not per person). Website of the park is:   https://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm Logistics Meet at the Chaparral parking lot at 9AM. Each person should have at least 1 liter of water, some snacks and a lunch.  We will have lunch at the high Peaks.  How long we stay after lunch will depend on the photo opportunities. The trail to the High Peaks is short, about 1.8 miles, and has an elevation gain of 1,150 feet.  We will be primarily in the shade on the west side as we hike to the High Peaks area. Hiking pants are recommended to keep bugs away. Photography Tips A telephoto zoom is recommended as sometimes the condors will surprise you by soaring directly overhead making use of a prime lens a frustration. A range of 200 to 500mm is suggested. Since there is no guarantee of the condors’ presence, be prepared to take advantage of other photographic opportunities:  wild flowers, smaller birds, reptiles, rock formations, etc.  
Deadline for Entering Projected Images for May Club Competition (11:29 PM PDT)
Projected Image Entry Deadline is 11:30pm.
Competition: Color, Monochrome, Photojournalism (7:30 PM PDT)
Judge:Melanie Lewert Refreshments: Airdrie Kincaid; David Kirsch; & Jim Lafferty
Wings of Freedom Tour
Wings of Freedom Tour Moffett Field   Collection of World War II aircraft  B-17 Flying Fortress B-24 Liberator B-25 Mitchell P-40 Warhawk (new this year) P-51 Mustang Planes take off and land all day long  Cost is $15
Wings of Freedom Tour
Wings of Freedom Tour Moffett Field   Collection of World War II aircraft  B-17 Flying Fortress B-24 Liberator B-25 Mitchell P-40 Warhawk (new this year) P-51 Mustang Planes take off and land all day long  Cost is $15
Program: Gary Marcos on photographing Burning Man (7:30 PM PDT)
Gary Marcos will present his photos of the "Burning Man" festival in Nevada collected over three visits. "Burning Man" is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco in 1986 and has migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada.  It begins the last Monday in August and is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.  In 2018, almost 70,000 people attended the event bringing in their own shelter, food, water and art.  It is the largest Leave-No-Trace event in the world, meaning that everything brought into the event is taken out, leaving the desert playa spotless and as it was found.  My focus on this event is the art, self-discovery, education and theater that takes place.  In addition, I discuss a number of aspects of the photographic challenges, part of which is the harsh environment on the playa and part of which is the determination whether to be a participant or a spectator (i.e. photographer).
Senior Safari to Happy Hollow Zoo (9:00 AM PDT)
Senior Safari to Happy Hollow Thursday May 23, park opens at 9:00am with FREE parking & admission for Seniors Once in you can stay all day.  The zoo is open and there are NO kids - great chance to photograph small animals The Aviary has no fence inside - good chance to photography some unusual birds. This event will repeat on 6/27, 7/25,8/22, 9/26 & 10/24
Deadline for Entering Projected Images for June Club Competition (11:29 PM PDT)
Projected Image Entry Deadline is 11:30pm.


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