Monday, November 27th - Reinhardt Regional Redwood Park Ladybugs

How long has it been since you took yourself for a walk in the woods? Maybe a while.... Well, it's ladybug season and it's a great time for a walk along the Stream Trail in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.  That's where we're going on our next field trip!  : 

You will most certainly find ladybugs. More than that, you'll experience all the signs of autumn as they play out in our local redwood forest. There's plenty to photograph and the bonus is that you will come away with all of the physical and mental benefits of a walk in the woods. 

The walk from the Canyon Meadow Staging Area parking lot along the Stream Trail to the area where the ladybugs can be seen is about 1.5 miles. For the most part, the trail is flat. That said, the last 5 minutes before reaching the ladybugs does include a couple of small hills. 

Trip Essentials 

We look forward to seeing you there!

October 15  Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Project  

On SundayOctober 15th, we'll be heading up to Sturgeon's Mill in Sebastopol to photograph the historic mill /working museum and adjacent gardens and to experience their annual Demonstration Runs. Sturgeon’s Mill started operation in 1914 and uses technology that was invented in the mid 19th century. Read all about Sturgeon's Mill and the Demonstration Run here:   

Trip Essentials 

  • When:  Sunday, October 15, 2023
  • Where: 2150 Green Hill Rd. Sebastopol, CA 95472
  • Time: Meet at 10:00 am at Sturgeon’s Mill  Note that the hours for the Demonstration Run are 10am - 3pm with a one hour break at noon for lunch.
  • Lunch: We recommend bringing your own lunch
  • Registration Link (members only):
  • Deadline for registration: October 13th at 10pm.  Note that on the morning of the 14th, we will email a list of trip participants to everyone who has registered.  The registration form asks for your mobile phone number so that we can reach out to you if need be.
  • Tag for posting images: FLICKR: APS2023_Sturgeon  FB: #APS2023_Sturgeon

Thursday, September 7, 2023: Alameda Point


July 14, 2023 Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, Santa Rosa (Sonoma County Fairgrounds)

Thursday June 1: Capay Lavender Farm

Thursday, May 18: DeYoung: Ansel Adams Exhibit 

  • Where: deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • Time: Meet at 10:20 am at the Ansel Adams exhibit entrance inside the museum. We will break for lunch at 1pm.  
  • Tickets: Please purchase your ticket now
  • Lunch: We’ll plan to have  lunch at the deYoung Cafe at 1pm  
  • Tags for FLICKR: APS2023_Ansel; Facebook: #APS2023_Ansel
  • Registration Link (members only) :  Deadline for registration: May 17th at 9 am.  On the evening of the 17th, we will email a list of trip participants to everyone who has registered.  Note that the registration form asks for your mobile phone numbers so that we can reach out to you if need be.
  • Parking: The Music Concourse Garage is handy for deYoung Museum parking.  You can reach the parking garage via Fulton Street and 10th Avenue. The current rate for parking in the garage is $5.25/hour.  Parking is also available for free (check for number of hours) along roadways throughout the park


Thursday, January 5th: Photograph the Tundra Swans in Marysville, CA 

  • Thursday, February 16thPoint Reyes - Historic Pierce Point Ranch, McClure's Beach and Abbott's Lagoon are among the areas we will explore.

    • Flickr = APS2023_PtReyes

    • Facebook = #APS2023_Pt Reyes


  • SaturdayMarch 18th:   Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Moss Beach in San Mateo County) at low tide to photograph the tide pools and the surrounding area.

  • TAGS for photos:
    Flickr – APS2023_Fitzgerald
    Facebook – #APS2023_Fitzgerald


May 2023 DIY:

  • DIY Arachelli Farms - Tulips in Dixon
  •  DIY Cinco de Mayo

Sunday May 28: Carnaval/ Mission District, SF

July 4: Alameda 4th of July Parade


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