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    • September 25, 2019
    • 6:45 AM
    • September 27, 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Copper Corridor including Miami, Globe, Hayden
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    What: Arizona's Copper Corridor – Photo Shoot

    When: Wednesday, 25 September to Friday, 27 September, 2019 departure time is planned for 7:00 am with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 5:30 pm

    Where: Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Globe, Miami, Ray Overlook, Kearny, Besh Ba Gawah, St. Anthony’s Monastery, Casa Grande ruins in Coolidge

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Pam Careau & Richard Coles

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 16 Club members. 

    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level & hydration though the day.  

    Meals: There are several good restaurants along our route that can handle the group needs for meals.

    Lodging: Best Western Copper Hills Inn in Globe - participants will make their own hotel reservations. We will be checking in on Wednesday, September 25 and check out on Friday, September 27, 2019.   Current advertised rates between $99.00 - $104.00/night

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras you would like to use for a fun outing. Smartphones, point & shoot, DSLR’s, opportunities for a variety of lenses (telephoto, wide angle, etc.)

    Clothing: Weather/temperature appropriate, layered clothing, sturdy footwear for standing/ walking on even or uneven paved or un-paved surfaces or indoor floors.  Temperatures in this area in September are expected to be about 60 F to 90 F.

    Itinerary: A detailed itinerary will be made available to those signing up but will include ‘walk about’ opportunities at all of the locations mentioned above. One of these locations is Biosphere 2, a living Earth system with seven ecosystems all under one roof and is the world’s largest earth science laboratory.

    Locations within the Copper Corridor display the art, history and authentic Arizona that showcase the area’s rich mining history in the Miami, Globe, Hayden, communities. We will spend a day photographing the ghost-like architectural remnants of these once thriving mining towns. A highlight of this area will be a stop at the open-pit viewpoint on the south rim of the Mission Mine. The viewpoint is securely fenced for your safety, and it has four binocular telescopes to provide a close-up view of the trucks and shovels working in the mine. The Mission Mine is a quarter-mile deep, two miles from north to south, and a mile-and-three-quarters from east to west. About six times the amount of earth moved to dig the Panama Canal has been mined here.

    Besh Ba Gawah is the site of partially restored ruins of the Apaches early settlement of Globe, roughly translated, the term means “place of metal.” Along with the adjacent museum visitors are provided with a fascinating view of the lifestyle of the people who occupied this region over two centuries before Columbus discovered the “New World.”

    We will visit St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence that is dedicated to St. Anthony the Great, the father of monasticism, the renowned 3rd century anchorite. In the summer of 1995 six monks arrived in the southern Arizona desert to establish St. Anthony’s Monastery, carrying with them the sacred, millennial heritage of the Holy Mountain, Athos.  Visitors (men & women) must be properly attired to enter the Monastery grounds.  Proper Attire

    Finally, our last stop before returning home will be to the Casa Grande ruins of the ancestral Sonoran Desert people who built Casa Grande and abandoned it around 1450 C.E. but left no written language behind or written historic accounts of the site. This was one of the largest early historic structures ever built in North America.

    Photographers will be on their own at all of these locations to enjoy walking about and pursuing photographs that reflect their personal style, returning to their vehicles at agreed upon times for travel onward to the next stop.

    Entrance Fees: Senior fees per person for several of these venues are as follows: Biosphere 2 Entry $19, Besh Ba Gawa $4, Casa Grande ruins $10, St. Anthony’s Monastery tax deductible donations are accepted.

    Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food, beverages and lodging.

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's to form car pools and depart at 7:00 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share actual fuel expenses; estimated total fuel cost for the entire trip is $75.00. This total cost is to be shared in equal amounts by dividing it by the number of passengers. (ie. 3 passengers would equal $25 each).

    Presentation Review: TBD 

    Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 22, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations so continue to sign up even if the shoot appears to be full.

    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, July 21, 2019

    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.


     


    • October 16, 2019
    • 5:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Prescott, AZ
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    What: Granite Dells at Watson & Willow Lakes and Historic Prescott - Photo Shoot

    When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, departure time is planned for 5:00 am with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 4:30 pm

    Where: Watson Lake Park, Willow Lake Park, Historic Courthouse Square Prescott

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Richard Coles & Dennis Hilgar

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 16 Club Members.

    Degree of Difficulty: This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with any camera (smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless, DSLR’s) who are of moderate fitness levels and who can readily handle a long day, moderately strenuous activity such as being able to climb 35 stairs consecutively, have good balance, plus walk without difficulty at least 2 miles over loose or uneven surfaces with occasional steep slopes. Altitudes will range to 5,200 feet.

    We will be walking over various trails and rock formations on a rugged trail through the Dells, over granite rock outcrops, and along the north edge of Willow Lake. All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Park temperatures in October are expected to be about 40 F to 72 F.

    Photographers will be expected to follow a white dot trail behind leaders at Willow Lake to maintain group cohesion and schedule. At other locations there will be opportunities to be ‘on your own’ to wander about exploring and photographing, returning to your vehicles at agreed upon times.

    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level & hydration though the day.

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras you would like to use for a fun outing. Smartphones, point & shoot, DSLR’s, opportunities for a variety of lenses (telephoto, wide angle, etc.)

    Clothing: Weather/temperature appropriate, layered clothing, sturdy shoes/boots with good traction required along with sunscreen, hats, gloves, sunglasses. Walking poles could be helpful if you have them/ use them regularly.

    Itinerary: Enjoy a trail walk through Granite Dells a series of remarkable and huge weather shaped, 1.3-billion-year-old, granite boulders adjacent to Watson and Willow Lakes – two man made reservoirs that attract lots of interesting water birds.

    We will a visit the Courthouse Plaza Square Historic District of Prescott for lunch at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon. Afterward, enjoy a short ‘photo opportunity’ walk around the Square bounded by Cortez, Gurley, Goodwin and Montezuma Streets and perhaps ice cream cones for some!

    Upon leaving Prescott for the return trip there will be at least two additional “surprise” stops for photo opportunities at interesting locations along US 89 through Wilhoit, Peeples Valley, and Skull Valley.

    Downtown Historic Area in Prescott is home to some of the oldest buildings in the area. In fact, many of the city's buildings that are in the National Register of Historic Places reside in the downtown area, so it's a great place to go to indulge in some true Old West history. Many buildings in the area date back to the 1800s, and most have been beautifully restored to reflect the era. One of the most famous parts of the downtown area has got to be Whiskey Row. Whiskey Row dates back to 1864 and was frequented by many well-known figures of the time, including the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, who were made famous thanks to the gunfight at O.K. Corral in 1881. It was home to numerous saloons and breweries, before fires destroyed most of the buildings in 1883 and again in 1900. Whiskey Row has been restored and today it stands as a monument of days gone by, with old-style saloons, bars and restaurants filling the street. The Palace is one such place that has been beautifully restored and is now Arizona's oldest saloon, and the Hotel St. Michael, dating back to 1891, is also one of the oldest hotels in the area.

    Entrance Fees: Watson Lake/Willow Lake Entrance Fees: $3 per vehicle. Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages.

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's to form car pools and depart at 5:00 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant.

    Passengers will share fuel expenses; the estimated total fuel cost per vehicle for the entire trip is $33.00. This total cost is to be shared in equal amounts by dividing it by the number of passengers. (ie. 3 passengers would equal $11 each).

    Review: TBD

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations.

    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, July 14, 2019

    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.



     

    • October 26, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Mesa Arts Center
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    What: Day of the Dead – Photo Shoot

    When: Saturday, October 26, 2019, departure time is planned for 10:30 am with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 6:30 pm

    Where: Mesa Arts Center

    Photo Shoot Leader: Richard Coles

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 20 Club Members. This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with cameras of all types including smartphones.

    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Mesa temperature in October is expected to be about 85 F.

    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level & hydration though the evening.

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras you would like to use for a fun outing. Smartphones, point & shoot, DSLR’s, opportunities for a variety of lenses (telephoto, wide angle, etc.)

    Clothing: Weather/temperature appropriate, layered clothing, sturdy footwear for standing walking on paved surfaces or floors indoors.

    Itinerary: Upon arriving in Mesa we plan to eat an early lunch at Blue Adobe restaurant near the Mesa Arts Center then proceed over to the Arts Center to enjoy an afternoon of vivid cultural expression with colorful costumes, dance and live entertainment. Photographers will be on their own to enjoy walking about the grounds and to return to their vehicles at agreed upon times for travel back to Sun City Grand.

    This magnificent festival (DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL - Spirits Connect) offers delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities.

    Entrance Fees: Entry and parking are FREE. Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages.

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's to form car pools and depart at 10:30 am. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share fuel expenses; estimated fuel cost for the round trip is $16.00 per vehicle.

    Review: TBD

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations.

    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, July 28, 2019

    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.


     

    • November 08, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave
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    What: South Mountain Sunset/Twilight Panoramas – Photo Shoot (overlooking Downtown Phoenix)

    When: Friday 8 November, 2019 departure time is planned for 4:00 pm with arrival back in Sun City Grand at about 9:00 pm

    Where: South Mountain (Dobbins Point accessed from south Central Ave.) with dinner planned for 7:45 pm at Los Dos Molinos – a Mexican Restaurant at 8646 S. Central Avenue.

    Photo Shoot Leaders: Richard Coles

    Who: On a first come/first served basis, group size limit of 16 Club members. This photo shoot is appropriate for photographers with cameras of all types including smartphones.

    All participants are expected to be able to carry their own camera, personal gear and water. Temperatures in this area in November are expected to be about 75 F to 50 F.

    Food/drinks: Bring your individual snacks and drinks to maintain your energy level & hydration though the evening.

    Camera Equipment Requirements: Any and all cameras you would like to use for a fun outing. Smartphones, point & shoot, DSLR’s, opportunities for a variety of lenses (telephoto, wide angle, etc.)

    Clothing: Weather/temperature appropriate, layered clothing, sturdy footwear for standing/ walking on even and uneven paved and un-paved surfaces.  

    Itinerary: Enjoy a photo shoot with a breathtaking view of the ‘Valley of the Sun’ overlooking Downtown Phoenix

    Upon arrival photographers will be ‘on their own’ to wander about exploring the summit area to find suitable locations for sunset shots and/or twilight panoramas leaving the area at about 7:15 pm to drive down the mountain to Los Dos Molinos restaurant.

    Additional photo shoot details will follow for those signing up.

    Entrance Fees:  South Mountain Park is free.  

    Participants will be responsible for costs of their own food and beverages. 

    Car Pools: We will meet in the parking lot outside of Angela's to form car pools and depart at 4:00 pm. Use the parking lot on the south side of Remington drive farthest from the restaurant. Passengers will share actual fuel expenses; estimated total fuel cost for the entire trip is $15.00. This total cost is to be shared in equal amounts by dividing it by the number of passengers. (ie. 3 passengers would equal $5 each).

    Presentation Review:  TBD

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 and please indicate if you are willing to drive. We will draw from the waiting list if there are cancellations so continue to sign up even if the shoot appears to be full.


    Additional details will follow for those signing up.

    Registration: will be available starting Sunday, August 4, 2019 

    Note: This shoot is dependent upon good weather and may be cancelled if inclement weather is forecast or if there is insufficient interest.


     

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