Club Camera Tucson sponsors field trips in and around southern Arizona – and sometimes even father afield. We go just about anywhere there are interesting photographic possibilities. It’s a great opportunity to socialize, share your knowledge, learn new stuff and, above all, take pictures.
-updated 3/22/2021

Upcoming Field Trips 2021

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CCT Trek to Whitewater Draw on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

There will be a CCT Trek to Whitewater Draw on Wednesday, January 6.  Based on the AZGFD webcam and a recent visit, the cranes start flying back to the water around 10 am, and come in waves over the next couple of hours.  Barbara W.  be in the parking lot at 9:45 am.  There is a very short walk to the many viewing areas.  There are many other birds around, in the water and in the trees and brush.  I understand there is also flight activity around sunset.

Location:  8469 N Coffman Rd, McNeal, AZ 85617, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.  The last couple of miles are unpaved, but the road is excellent.  Totally accessible for any vehicle.  No ruts or rocks, two lanes.  There’s a parking area with portapotties.  Picnic benches are taped off.  Bring your own food and water.


Pima Air and Space Museum –  Tuesday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.

Tohono Chul Wildflowers – March, 2021 

Delayed till after March.

Leader: BarbaraWoolford

Barbara Woolford will lead a wildflower tour of Tohono Chul, date to be announced later.  We will meet at the admissions gate at 9 am.  Admission is free for members, Seniors $13, Adults $15.  The tour will last about two hours.  Besides wildflowers, the Park has water features, lots of birds as fly-by visitors, and various sculptures and buildings.     Tohono Chul is at 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, 85704 (Northwest of Ina and Oracle.)  Directions can be found at  . 

Please contact Barbara at , 989-1519, with questions or to let her know you’re coming.


MOAB Utah–Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley May 3-7, 2021

As we get closer to the trip, I’ll fine tune this note.

Steve Dell


Boyce Thompson Arboretum – May 18 – 2021

Downtown after dark – Leader and dates TBD

People, buildings, and signs after dark.  Street scenes.

Bisbee – fall  2021 – Leader Tom Anderson

Mining town turned artistic colony.  Fantastic buildings straight up the hillsides.  You want stairs?  We have stairs.

Phoenix Zoo / Tempe Town Lake?? – Winter – Leader Barbara Woolford  

A new trip under consideration.  Shoot the Phoenix Zoo (admission) in late afternoon when hopefully the animals are active.  Dinner, then on to Temp Town Lake for some great lights and reflections in the water. 

Past PhotoTreks

El Presidio District – Tucson Saturday February 29, 2020 (rescheduled from original date of Feb 22 due to weather)

Here is the final information about our trek to The Presidio district scheduled for this Saturday, February 29. Although our weather cancellation of last week took its toll, we still have a great turnout with 24 members signed up. I’ve listed the members attending further down in this email.  The weather forecast looks great with partly cloudy skies and a high of about 78 degrees.
Though duplication for many of you, this  provides the details promised for those who signed up this week for the first time.  I have attached  a marked  up Google map, so please download/print it and refer to it for the following info. Note changed meeting time and lunch time.
o Meeting Time & Place: We will meet at 9:00 AM at the corner of W. Council St. and W. Meyer Avenue.  Look for the “X” on the map (included with email to participants only) with words “meet here”.  Once we check in at the meeting spot, we can pair up or do the photo walk independently as we may prefer.
Parking:  Many streets are permit only—even on weekends.  I have marked the best parking streets on the map in red.  Although they are metered, parking there is free on weekends.  The closest parking to where we will meet is along N. Meyer between Council and Franklin.   There is also ample parking in the Tucson Museum of Art lotwhich is located on the south side of Washington St. between Main St. and N. Meyer. 
Photography:  There are many great photo ops in the approx 9 sq. block area (highlighted in orange) bounded by Granada on the west, W. 6th on the north, Church St. on the east, and W. Alameda on the south.   The old mansions are primarily along Granada and Main Streets while some colorful buildings/residences are along Meyer between Franklin and N. Court Avenue (no parking zone).
La Cocina Cantina is located in the Artisan’s block with the entrance at corner of Washington and Court.  It’s worth walking in there for photos even though we are not going there for lunch.
An option is to visit the Presidio Museum which opens at 10:00 AM.  The entrance is at the intersection of Tellas and Court—-across the street from La Cocina. Any entrance fee is on your own.
Lunch:  We are scheduled to have lunch together at El Charro Restaurant at 12:00 PM–noon.  The reservation is in my name and CCT.
That’s about it.  Send me an email or call if you still have questions.  I will look forward to seeing you this Saturday and to a fun expedition!

Cheers! John Szafranski  ‘’ 520-468-8719

Cynthia Shoemaker ‘’  520-482-9740

Sells Rodeo Saturday February 1, 2020

Leader: Barbara Woolsworth

Tohono O’odham Nation sponsors an All-Indian Rodeo and Pow-Wow.  You can get a lot closer to the events and participants than at the Tucson Rodeo.  (Admission)

I’m arranging a CCT Trek to the Tohono O’Odham Rodeo and Pow-wow in Sells on Saturday, Feb. 1.   

There is excellent access to the arenas for the rodeo and the powwow for photography.  There are carnival rides and numerous booths selling food, souvenirs, and other stuff.  

Admission is $8.00 for people between 18 and 54.  Over 55, free admission.  

Please let me know if you’re interested in carpooling / caravanning.  

Events for Saturday:

Pow Wow – Gourd dancing 11 am

Pow Wow Grand Entry 1 pm

Rodeo:  All Indian Masters’ Rodeo -Saturday 8am
All Indian Rodeo -Saturday 1pm

All Indian Women’s Rodeo -Saturday 5pm

There are lots of food booths we can browse for lunch.  Bring a reusable water bottle and a sun hat; everything’s out in the open, generally on packed dirt or gravel.  Seating is on bleachers / benches.

Most of the photo ops will have fast action, so high shutter speeds will be necessary.  Medium length lenses will handle most situations.  Backgrounds will be cluttered and busy.  

For those of you who would like to car pool from Tucson, I have set the Burger King on W. Ajo Way as our meeting point.  The address there is 1370 W. Ajo Way and is right next to a Family Dollar Store, both on the north side of Ajo Way.  There is plenty of parking at the Burger King or at the Family Dollar store.   We will match up rides depending on room available and when the driver intends to leave the Rodeo to return home.  I have room to take another two people if needed. 

The best way to get to the Burger King is to take I-19 south from where it joins I-10.   Then take exit 99,  Ajo Way, which is also  AZ Hwy 86, and head west.  Drive west on Hwy 86 for about 3/4 mi or so to Holiday Isle Blvd (stoplight) where the Burger King will be on your right just before the stoplight.

I have picked an  8:00  AM meeting time as it’s 60 miles to Sells and that will get us to the Rodeo around 9:15 – 9:30 AM depending on traffic.  Once at the Rodeo, there is no planned itinerary for the day and you are free to walk about the fair for your photography, listen to musicians, watch Indian dances, and attend the rodeo events you choose.  There is no planned group departure time so that will be up to you and those who are car pooling together.

Respond to Barbara Woolford,, 520-989-1519 if you are interested.

Ruby Ghost Town Friday February 7, 2020– Leader John Szafranski  at

I will lead a photo trek for CCT members to the Ruby, AZ ghost town on February 7. I selected that day/date as Ruby is open only Thursday-Sunday and felt Friday was better in order to leave the weekend free for other activities members may have. Although we have previously taken this trek several times, there are a significant number of new members who may not have been to this very interesting, photogenic spot as being perhaps the #1 ghost town in Arizona. Other members may enjoy going again to photograph things they missed on their last trip—and for the social aspect. The preliminary and approximate plan is as follows:

7:30 AM Depart Tucson via automobile from a designated meeting location.

Ride sharing will be worked out depending on number of members attending and where they live.

7:30-9:00 AM: Drive to Pena Blanca Lake

9:00 to 10:00 AM: Walking tour at Pena Blanca Lake

10:00 to 11:00 AM: Drive to Ruby, with some stops along the way for scenic photos.

11:00 AM to 3:30 PM: Photography at Ruby and bring your own bag lunch

3:30 to 4:30 PM: Drive to Arivaca and the Buenos Aires Cienaga

4:30 to 5:30 PM: Walking photography touring at the Cienaga

5:30 to 6:30 PM: Drive back to Tucson. There is a charge of $15 (up from $12 for our last trek there) for admittance to Ruby. I will see if a discount is available once I know how many will be attending.

For more information about Ruby, see their website: There is also an excellent book on the history of Ruby available at our Tucson libraries: “Ruby Arizona: Mining, Mayhem and Murder” by Bob & Al Ring and Tallia Cahoon Let me know if you would like to attend and once we have the attendance list, I will send out more detailed information to those attending.

You might wish to bring sack lunches and water since neither food nor water are available at Ruby. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Happy New Year 2020! John Szafranski ‘’ 520-468-8719

An old mining town with lots of buildings and machinery to shoot.  (Admission)


Bosque del Apache, White Sands:  Dec. 1 – 4, 2019  Leader – Steve Dell

This annual trip to the national wildlife refuge on the Rio Grande provides incredible opportunities to photograph thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes.  Then on to White Sands National Monument for incredible dunes.

Friday Dec.  6, 2019 Luminarias Night Trek  – Leader – Barbara Woolford

Tubac will be lit with luminarias and galleries will stay open till 9 pm on Dec. 6 & 7.   There will be music and complimentary refreshments.
Club Camera Tucson members interested in enjoying the evening together will  meet at Shelby’s Bistro at 5 pm for dinner before going off to photograph lights and enjoy the galleries and entertainment.
If you want to join us for dinner, please email Barbara Woolford,, or call her at 520-989-1519 BEFORE Nov. 30.  I need to make the reservations before I leave for Bosque.  Shelby’s is very popular so without reservations there’s no way we’ll get in!
Bring cameras and tripods.  Generally a wide to normal angle lens will be most useful.  We’ll be eating on the patio outside, and of course the luminarias are outside, so check the weather and dress appropriately.  There are some dirt paths and sometimes uneven footing, so wear comfortable walking shoes.  
Tubac is roughly an hour south of Tucson on I-19.  If you are interested in carpooling, let me know and I’ll try to pair folks up.  
Shelby’s Bistro doesn’t seem to have a web site.  It’s at 19 Tubac Rd #13, Tubac.  The menu is available at    .

Eastern Sierra Fall Color – Sept. 30, 2019 – Oct 4/6. Leaders Barbara Woolford, Steve Dell.

We will meet in the Travelodge in Bishop, Ca, checking in on Monday, Sept. 30. We will photography aspens along Bishop Creek, Convict Lake, Magee Creek, and Mammoth Lakes. We’ll also visit Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie, and the Alabama Hills. Those staying an additional day or two can visit the Manzanar National Historic Site, the Eastern California Museum, the Mt. Whitney Portal, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.



April 18, 2018 at 6 PM:  Tucson Night Downtown Photowalk.

Steve‘ will lead a night time photowalk in downtown Tucson. We will meeting Wednesday April 18 at 6:00PM behind Hotel Congress in their courtyard.
Below is a link for parking details and a map.
Please let Steve Thomas know whether you plan on attending the April 18 Downtown Tucson photo shoot:  ‘

April 24, 2018:   St. Anthony Monastery and Boyce Thompson Park.

John Szafranski will lead a photo trek to  visit the St. Anthony Monastery, located just east of Florence, AZ first, from about 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM, and then drive north to Boyce Thompson. for a box lunch and photography of the many native plants/flowers and scenery.   Here are the websites of these very scenic spots:   St. Anthony Monastery:         Boyce-Thompson Park:
Please email John whether you would like to attendthis field trip:  ‘

May 2:   Reid Park Zoo and lunch.

We’ll meet at the zoo at about opening time and shoot for a couple of hours before heading for lunch at Cheddars–or other nearby restaurant.  Here’s your chance to see the newly added Red Pandas at the zoo if you’ve not yet seen them.   Leader:  John Szafranski

Please email John whether you would like to attend any of the other field trips:  ‘

May 9:  Wilcox, Chiricahua Nat’l Monument and Portal, AZ.

This will be a full day trek and a repeat of a very successful one we did last year for those who couldn’t make it and our new members.  Leader:  John Szafranski

Please email John whether you would like to attend :  ‘


Ruby Arizona – Ghost town Photowalk

Thursday April 18, 2017

John Szafranski will lead a photo trek to the Ruby Ghost town, which is about 50 miles SW of Tucson,  on Friday, December 1  as a number of members told me they couldn’t attend last year, but definitely wanted to go.
If Saturday, December 2 would be a better choice for most, I would entertain changing to December 2.  But my personal preference is for December 1 as there will be fewer people in the town on a week day, and it leaves the weekend free for other events going on during the busy holiday season.
The preliminary plan would be approximately as follows:
7:30 AM    Depart Tucson via automobile–ride sharing would be worked out.
7:30–9:00 AM  Drive to Pina Blanca Lake
9:00–10:00 AM  Walking tour at Pina Blanca Lake
10:00–11:00 AM  Drive to Ruby, with stops along the way for photos
11:00-3:30 PM  Photography at Ruby and bag lunch
3:30–4:30 PM Drive to Arivaca and Buenos Aires Cienaga
4:30–5:30 PM  Walking/photography tour of the Cienaga
5:30–6:30 PM  Drive back to Tucson
We are limited to Thursday through Sunday at Ruby as those are the only days the facility is open.  There is an admission charge of $12 per person,  payable when we get there.  Cash only.
Let me know if you would plan to attend, and whether December 1 is okay as my preferred date—or whether you could only attend on December 2.  I’ll make a decision based on the interest shown.
Go to the bottom of this page and check out some of the photos taken on a previous trip to Ruby.

John Szafranski

CCT Secretary and co-chair Photo Treks

Barrio Viejo (Historico) – Tucson –  Photowalk

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cynthia Shoemaker will lead a photo trek to on Saturday, December 16 we will offer a photo trek to explore Tucson’s oldest neighborhood, Barrio Viejo, sometimes referred to as Barrio Historico. The area we will be visiting lies south of the Tucson Convention Center, bordered by Cushing Street on the north, 18th Street on the south, Stone Avenue
to the east, and the I-10 freeway on the west side.

There you will discover the original Tucson with colorful old adobes homes in various stages of restoration along with small businesses. If you are into architectural details this is the place with colorful buildings, doors, windows and gates. Many are decorated, often expressing the resident’s unique personality. Since it is the holidays we hope to find some seasonal decorations along with beautiful metal art work, flowers, cactus, and strings of chile peppers.

Some points of interest include Teatro Carmen, San Cosome Church and Park, La Pilita, El Tiradito, and the Elysian Grove Market.

We will spend about three hours exploring the neighborhood followed by an optional lunch at El Minuto Mexican restaurant located at Main and Cushing Streets.

Meet up time will be 9:00 a.m. on Convent Street just south of Cushing Street (Where Church street ends). There should be plenty of free parking on a Saturday morning as no permits are required on this block.

Please note that restrooms are scarce and if you need one you may have to walk a ways or drive. We are looking into and will provide the options.

Please reserve your spot with Cynthia at 520-327-9740 home phone. Please leave a message and let me know if you are interested in attending and in lunch so that I can check with the restaurant for reservations.

Earlier Field Trips

Bisbee and Lowell AZ  – Thursday November 07, 2019 -Leader – Tom Anderson

If you want to attend, and know it now – just email

Bisbee Arizona PhotoWalk
Method 1: Meet at 8 AM at Starbucks at 9525 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85748 and we can grab a hot beverage and/or juggle people around. I’m open to carpooling and can accept 2 other people in my Hyundai SUV if you’d like to leave your car at Starbucks till we return.
Method 2: Drive from your own location to Bisbee without stopping at Starbucks over here on the east side in Method 1.
We will meet at the Bisbee Coffee Company, 2 Bisbee Rd, Bisbee, AZ. (89 miles, 1 Hr 41 Minutes) Via I-10 E and AZ-80 E through Benson and Tombstone. There is parking behind the shop and to the side. We’ll be leaving our car there.
Click on the Map Link for directions and map.
Or copy the link and post to your browser URL line.

We plan on leaving Bisbee for Tucson at around 7 PM or earlier depending on your preferences.
Arrival time back at Starbucks 9525 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85748 in Tucson: 9 PM or earlier (open ended)
Arrive at Bisbee around 10 AM: We will all meet at the Bisbee Coffee Company in Bisbee at around 10 AM for a briefing before our PhotoWalk. Should you get delayed getting here, please give me a call on my cell at 408-221-8726. We can go over some photo opportunities and ideas at this time.
Lunch/Snacks: We can discuss when to meet for lunch and maybe coffee in the afternoon back at the Bisbee Coffee Company. I expect many of you have been here before and may have some favorite luncheon and dinner places in mind too.
Dinner:I’d like to stay till nightfall and have dinner at Santiago’s Restaurant . I’ve fallen in love with their Chili Rellenos and Fish tacos, but we can all decide where to eat.
What we will see: The sun will be up when we arrive but should be good for architecture and street scenes on the west side of the north bound streets and as the day progresses the east side of the streets will be in sunlight.

Bisbee is an old mining town and home of the famous Bisbee Copper Queen Hotel ( a great spot for photography inside and out) and there are lots of little winding streets, old store fronts, unique signage, and many many stairs. Every year they have their 1000 Stair Climb challenge so stairs, railings, landings, etc. are there for us to try and make look unique. Remember those old buildings with unique facades and symbols on top. Well Bisbee has lots of them. Use shadows to bring out the 3D look of those unique shields.
Color is everywhere. Old cars abound and old sourdoughs with grey beards are often available to take pictures of. Be sure to bring a few dollar bills in your pockets. Sometimes you can ask them to pose for you. Couldn’t hurt.

In addition to Bisbee I plan on leading those who wish just a mile further south to Lowell AZ. It’s a fun “1 street” town right in the rim of the Dodge-Phelps Lavender pit. It’s good for an hour of shooting all by itself.
What to wear: There are hills so wear appropriate footwear. Tennis shoes (do they still call them that?) are very appropriate as are hiking boots. The town is a mile high city so if altitude bothers you please take that into consideration. Remember we are at around 2,400 feet here in Tucson, and Bisbee is around 5,400 feet. It will be getting cooler around mid afternoon and according to the weather channel 49 degrees is predicted for the low (probably long after we leave though). Layer is the way to go. I’ll probably bring a fleece vest and possibly a long sleeve shirt at most.
Weather: It’s predicted to be 60-70 degrees and sunny with no rain on the 7th , but we all know that changes day to day so you best check a day or two ahead of Nov. 7th and be sure. We are going to go no matter what the weather is because…well because photography is fun in all kinds of weather. Just bring a raincoat/umbrella with you.
Camera Equipment: Don’t plan on carrying your entire camera kit with you i.e. a huge backpack. Leave that in the car trunk and select just a couple of lenses, a wide angle and possible a long lens for those l-o-o-n-g street compressing shots. The lighter the better. Remember you can always hike back to the car and get more gear if you need it. The town is quite small.
Remember to HYDRATE.…we used to call it drink a lot of water but hydrate sounds so “in” these days don’t you think? I’ll have a case of water in my car for anyone who wants to grab a bottle or two and take it along on your walk.

Help: I know there is great diversity in our club and that we have many brands of camera equipment, but how to get the most out of your particular camera is what these workshops are all about.

Don’t be afraid to ask a photo partner for help. I’ll be going up one street and down the other and would be happy to assist anyone with questions concerning composition, rule of thirds, leading lines, etc. to the best of my ability. Time to brush up on using Aperture priority? Manual Mode? Maybe try some HDR shots or Panorama’s. Just flag me down and I can help with what mode would be the best for your shot.
Cell Phone Numbers for Everyone: I will need your names, cell phone numbers and email address before we go down the road.

Gammons Gulch – Wednesday November 13, 2019 – Leader – Mariann Moery

Arrival is planned for 10 a.m.
Cost: $10 per person. Cash or Checks accepted at the ghost town.
We need to bring our own food & water.  There is a “saloon” where we can sit to eat.  
To see what’s available there here’s their website:
It is located near Wilcox – approximately an hour and 15 minutes from the JCC.
As we get closer we will send more details and a plan to create car pooling
If you want to attend, and know it now – just email me:

Bosque Del Apache and White Sands Monument

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Steve Dell will lead a photo trek to Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico and White Sands National monument on November 26.

  • Leave Sunday November 26th AM from Tucson to arrive Socorro mid-afternoon.(We’ll assemble carpools as we get closer to the date.)
  • Shoot Sunday afternoon
  • Shoot Monday morning blast off and crane ponds after blast off
  • Return to Socorro for breakfast. (free time to explore or go to VLA)
  • Shoot Monday afternoon
  • Dinner at Buckhorn in San Antonio NM
  • Shoot Tuesday AM
  • Return to Socorro for breakfast and check out
  • Drive to Alamogordo with a “retail therapy” stop at the pistachio place
  • Shoot Tuesday afternoon White Sands
  • Shoot Wednesday AM White Sands
  • Leave from White Sands or Alamogordo for Tucson

Contact Steve Dell for more information or to sign up.  Steve’s email:  ‘‘   PH: 520-990-4118


Death Valley-Valley of Fire-Cloride

Friday March 31 – April 4, 2017

CCT Trek to Death Valley that Cynthia Shoemaker and John Szafranski will lead.  It is a proposed a 4 night stay version, but would welcome input whether this or a 3 night version would be preferable.

Here’s the pro-forma itinerary:

March 31–Friday
o  Leave Tucson about 7 AM and drive to Oatman, AZ to photograph the burros and the town, and have lunch.
o  Drive to Las Vegas area and stay overnight in Enterprise at Holiday Inn Express or equivalent.  Arrive about 5:30 to 6 PM
o  Evening open for dinner and possible tour downtown Las Vegas for photography or other.

April 1–Saturday
o  Drive to Death Valley via Southern entrance.  Tour southern DV: sights like Badwater, Devils Golf Course, the natural bridge, Artist’s Palette, Museum at Furnace Creek, Dunes.
o  Lunch at Furnace Creek
o  Overnight  at Longstreet Inn & Casino, Amargosa Valley, NV  (website:
o  Dinner either at Longstreet Steakhouse or back at Furnace Creek

April 2–Sunday
o   Up early sunrise to photograph Zabriskie Point in DV at Sunrise
o  Tour northern portion of DV: sights like Rhyolite Ghost Town, one way drive to Titus Canyon, Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater, plus other as time allows
o  Lunch again in Furnace Creek—-or bag lunch from hotel
o  Overnight at Longstreet Inn & Casino.  Dinner there, at Furnace Creek or up to Beatty, NV

April 3–Monday
o  Drive to Valley of Fire State Park, NV for photos
o  Drive to Chloride, AZ—stopping for photos at Hoover Dam as wanted & time allowing
o  Lunch in Chloride—-semi ghost mining town & touring for photography
o  Drive to Kingman, AZ for overnight stay.  Tour Hackman & Kingman sights on Rte 66 as time allows.
o  Overnight at La Quinta Motel or equivalent, dinner in Kingman

April 4–Tuesday
o  Drive Rte 66 to Seligman for photos
o  Drive to Prescott, AZ.  Lunch in Prescott and photography at Watson Lake, time allowing
o  Drive back to Tucson

The alternative for a 3 night stay would be to eliminate the Kingman overnite and drive directly back from Death Valley on Monday, April 3.  There may be sufficient time to visit Chloride, but probably not Valley of Fire.  It would be a long drive/day back to Tucson.

Let us know if you are definitely interested in going and we will work out details as we find out how many might be going.  If you have thoughts about the 4 night vs 3 night, as well as other thoughts/ideas for the trip, do please pass them along.

For more information please contact

Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument

Sunday November 27-30, 2016

Steve Dell plans to leads a photo trek to Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
Tentative dates are:
November 27 – 30, 2016
Tentative itinerary.
· 11/27 AM – Enroute Tucson to Socorro NM
· 11/27 late afternoon shoot
· 11/28 early morning and late afternoon – shoot
· 11/29 early morning shoot
· 11/29 morning enroute Socorro to Alamogordo
· 11/29 afternoon shoot – White Sands
· 11/30 early morning shoot – White Sands (This will require a special permit that I will arrange for.)
· 11/30 late morning depart Alamogordo for Tucson

Other shooting opportunities –
· various junk yards (“vintage tin”)
· Very Large Array (VLA) in and around Socorro
· White Sands Missile Range

For more information please contact


Center for Creative Photography: Tour of the current exhibit

Feb. 20, 2016

Center for Creative Photography tour of the current exhibit:  The Lives of Pictures: Forty Years of Collecting at the Center for Creative Photography.   Saturday February 20th.  Meet in the lobby of the CCP at 2:00 p.m. This exhibition is an interesting one.  It commemorates the CCP’s fortieth year with a selection of some of its most treasured objects and stories from the Center’s past and present.  Brian Ganter will once again be our guide.  Admission is free but donations are always appreciated.  The CCP is located in the arts complex in the southeast quadrant of Speedway and Park at 1030 North Olive Road.  On Saturdays there should be free parking north of Speedway in the surface lots east of Park on Helen across from the parking garage.  From there you can walk the underpass which comes out right in front of the museum. Another option is to go south on Mountain, turn right on 2nd St. and then the next right which leads to the parking lot behind the CCP.  Our guide wants to know how many will be in the group so please let Cynthia know.  Email:   Cell Phone:  481-9740  Home Phone:  327-9740 – leave a message.

Tucson Rodeo Field Trip

Feb. 23, 2016

Tucson Rodeo Field Trip lead by Ted Fleming.  Tuesday, February 23rd.  We will meet at the main entrance on the east side of the rodeo grounds at 8:00 a.m. 

The grounds are located at S. 6th Ave. and Irvington.  Please note that new restrictions are in place for what you can bring with you.  No bags, including backpacks and camera bags, are allowed.  Visitors are limited to one gallon clear bags.  Ted will provide further information.  If you plan on participating in this photo opportunity please let him know you are attending.  Email:  Cell:  343-4196.

Wildflower Photography Tour at Tohono Chul

March 3, 2016

Barbara Woolford and Miriam Otte will lead a tour of Tohono Chul on March 3, 2016. We will meet at the Tohono Chul admissions gate at 8 am. Admission is free, but members are encouraged to make a donation to the park. The emphasis will be on wildflowers, but the tour will include an overview of the park. Specifically, besides “hot-spots” of flowers, we will see the various water features, architectural features, prime bird-spotting locations, and the Peggy Leggett Memorial Garden sponsored by her friends and family. We will point out the Exhibit House where the art show “In Full Bloom” will be.

Annotated maps will be available. The tour will last about two hours. We will stop at several places to allow time for photography, and people are welcome to drop behind the tour to focus on particular spot for a while. At 10:00 am, we will visit the Hummingbird Garden in the Bistro. Anyone who wants to stay for coffee or brunch at the Bistro can do so. Tohono Chul would appreciate receiving photos from anyone willing to share them. They will give credit to the photographer, but they do not pay for photos.

If you plan to attend this tour, please notify Barbara Woolford,, 989-1519, by March 1.   Tohono Chul is at 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, 85704 (Northwest of Ina and Oracle.) Please Note: Google GPS Directions are inaccurate; they lead to the administrative offices instead of the garden entrance. Please take first entrance off Ina for easy access. We are working to correct this problem.

Old Tucson Mescal and Gammon’s Gulch

Saturday March 19, 2016

John Szafranski leads a photo trek to the Benson, AZ area on March 19.  We’ll visit “Old West” towns Old Tucson Mescal and Gammon’s Gulch—both built as movie sets, but quite different in structure, history,  and memorabilia.  Both facilities will have tour guides providing color and history.  Frank Brown has been a tour guide at Mescal for over 10 years and is indeed a colorful character with loads of insights into the movies filmed there.  We are hopeful Jay Gammon will be our guide at Gammon’s Gulch.  Jay and his wife Joanne built the complex, and he has been involved in movie making for many years.

Costs/entry fee will be $10 for Mescal and $8 for Gammon’s Gulch—cash only.

We will also visit the Forever Donkey Sanctuary adjacent to Gammon’s Gulch, where you will be able to mingle among 15 to 20  curious and affectionate donkeys.  There is no fee for this but donations are appreciated.

Lunch is a bring-your-own-box-lunch and beverage.  We will likely have lunch in the saloon at Gammon’s Gulch before our afternoon tour.

Tour leader John Szafranski will be sending more specific information about timing and ride sharing when we know who will be coming.  You can contact John at:’‘ Please let John know if you’re coming by March 12.

Flower and Photography at Sabino Canyon

March 23, 2016 at 2:00
Fred Fisher will lead a trip to Sabino Canyon on Wednesday, March 23 at 2:00. Fred is a photographer, amateur biologist, and volunteer at Sabino Canyon. The trek will begin at 2:00 in the Sabino Canyon visitor center with a powerpoint presentation of the flowers and pollinators of the park. That will follow with a walk from 3:00-5:30 to photograph and learn about the flowers in bloom. Tripods are welcome. There will be a limit of 12 people so that everyone can hear and have room on the trail.

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Previous Field Trips – 2010 to newest date


  Wildflowers – March 2010
  Ruby – April 2010
  Tucson Barrio – May 2010
  Hoodoos – June 2010
  Bisbee – January 2012
  Tucson Rodeo – February 2012
  Tohono Chul Park – April 2012
  Center for Creative Photography, Private Tour – November 2012
  Bosque del Apache, New Mexico – November 2012
  Gerson’s Salvage and Recycle – January 2013
  White sands National Park, New Mexico – March 2013
  Private Viewing, Center for Creative Photography – April 2013
  Sharon Pairman’s Gardens, Stables, Outbuildings, Etc. – April 2013
  All Souls Procession/Parade – November 2013
  Armory Park, Tucson – January 2014
  Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, Chihuly Glass Exhibit – February 2014
  St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, Florence, Arizona – March 2014
  Classic Cars & the Open Road, Tohono Chul Park – May 2014
  Avalon Gardens  Eco Village, “Earth Harmony Festival” – October 2014
  Reid Park Zoo – October 2014
  Bosque del Apache, New Mexico – November 2014
  Death Valley & Beyond – February 2015
  Tucson Rodeo – February 2015
  Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System & Beyond – March 2015
  Bisbee – November 2015
  Bosque del Apache & White Sands National Park, New Mexico – November 2015
  Wildflowers at Tohono Chul Park – March 2016
  Old Tucson Mescal & Gammon’s Gulch – March 2016
  Ruby AZ Ghost Town 2016


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