This is where to come for photography-related news and events of interest in the Tucson area and far and wide in every direction.
Photography Opportunities for 2021
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Event at Tucson Botanical Gardens
India: An Intimate Journey photography exhibition by Catherine Harold and Vicky Stromee. Link to show video
Feb. 23 -2021
Pima Air and Space Museum – Tuesday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.
May 18 – 2021
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
May 3-7 – 2021
MOAB Utah–Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley May 3-7, 2021
From Tucson to Moab is anywhere from 10-12+ hour drive. If that is too long to do in one stretch, I’d recommend driving either to Monument Valley or Kayenta AZ.
- Lodging at the View Hotel at Monument Valley is typically $250+ per night. Sharing a room makes the most sense. The views are spectacular, the restaurant is descent, and the convenience is excellent.
- Goulding’s Lodge is about 15 minutes outside of Monument Valley, offering a variety of accommodations from rooms, cabins and apartments that could be shared. I have never stayed there. Again, convenience is key here.
- The other option would be to drive to Monument Valley, planning to arrive around noon, hiring a Native American guide for either 2 or 4 hours to tour the area. After that, return to Kayenta for the evening. It’s about a 35 minute drive back to Kayenta.
- Hampton Inn is about $225.
- Kayenta Monument Valley Inn is about $175.
- If we stay in Kayenta, we will leave the next morning and either drive directly to Moab or, better yet, go back to Monument Valley and either hire a guide or do the self-driving tour. (For the self-drive, a vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended. While it doesn’t need to be AWD necessarily, that would be helpful.)
- Monument Valley sits on Navajo land in both Utah and Arizona. They observe daylight savings time, so they will be an hour ahead of Tucson time.
- Wherever we decide, it’s a good idea to make the reservations sooner than later.
From Monument Valley to Moab is about a 3 hour drive. Places to stop and shoot along the way would include Mexican Hat, less than 50 miles from Monument Valley. The drive up Highway 191 is generally pretty and well maintained.
- Arches National Park is at the north end of Moab. There’s an excellent Visitors Center. The Park accepts the National Park Pass so make sure to bring it with you.
- Canyonlands National Park slightly more than hour from Moab. Mesa Arch is typically shot as a morning shot to get the wonderful gold light under the arch. From the parking lot for Mesa Arch in Canyonlands, it’s an easy 10-15 minute walk, primarily downhill, to the Arch. You will be greeted by loads of other tourists and photographers.
- Another morning shot would be Dead Horse Point State Park. (Since it’s a state park, there’s a separate fee.) Spectacular views of the Colorado River with a huge bend in it. Easy to move around with facilities.
- At Arches, there’s plenty to shoot any time of the day. The hike to Delicate Arch, the upside-down horseshoe is about 90 minutes. Hiking boots and plenty of water is recommended. Terrain is generally open slick rock. (There’s not much if any shade along the way. Bring plenty of sunscreen.) Other classic shots would be Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, and the Fins. Balance Rock, North & South Window Arches, Turret Arch and Double Arch are all easily reachable from the same parking area.
- Moab offers a variety of lodging options. I’ve stayed at the Big Horn Lodge. It is on the main drag thru town, offers convenient parking, has descent Wi-Fi and is close to restaurants.
As we get closer to the trip, I’ll fine tune this note.
PAST EVENTS BELOW CANCELLED FOR 2021 DUE TO COVID 19–SOME EVENTS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE–CHECK WITH EVENT COORDINATOR FOR CURRENT INFORMATION
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase January30-February16 www.tucsongemshowapp.com www.tucsonaz.gov/park-tucson/gem-show-parking
CRUISE, BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW
Live oldies music, kids’ activities, food, 30 different classes of autos, live Blues music on the main stage, classic BBQ/Tickets sold at the door-Cash Only $5 admission/$4 military/10 & under free/Oro Valley Marketplace 797-3959 www.saaca.org
LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS TUCSON RODEO AND PARADE
FEB. 17 AND 18, MONDAY AND TUESDAY, EVENTS COMPETITION (SLACK), 8 A.M.
Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down and Team Roping only.
FEB. 20, 2020
Staging is Middle of Ajo Way between 6th and Park Ave. Finish at Tucson Rodeo grounds
Starts at Park Av and Ajo Way, continues south on Irvington Rd, then west to South 6th Avenue.
BIRDING CANOA RANCH 8:30AM – 10:30AM every Saturday $5/Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch-All ages welcome/Historic Canoa Ranch 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd-Green Valley 724-5375 for registration info
LIVE HORSE RACING 10:00AM – 6:00PM Saturday Feb 15, General Admission $5/Clubhouse $10/No outside food or beverages are allowed in-Please no pets/Rillito Regional Park 4502 N. 1st Ave. 745-5486 (Gates Open 10AM)
ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL 2020 at Reid Park Zoo
Every Thursday – Sunday from February 13 – March 27
Lanterns are Lighting up the Zoo! 6pm – 9pm Reid Park Zoo
SPRING IKEBANA FLORAL FESTIVAL
Feb 20, 9:30 AM – Feb 29, 4:30 PM
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ
32ND ANNUAL ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Feb thru March, 10 AM – 6 PM
Arizona Renaissance Festival, 12601 E, US-60, Gold Canyon, AZ March 6-8 – Tucson Tattoo Expo is an indoor and outdoor event. Tattoos and contests take place in the Ball Room. Outdoors you will find artist booths, tee-shirt vendors, food vendors, and educational booths. Get a first hand glimpse into the culture of tattooing.
MARANA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Gladden Farms, Marana, March 13-15
WINTER STREET FAIR TUCSON
Fri, 20 – Sun, 22 Mar 2020, Fourth Avenue, Tucson
BLUES AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Reid Park Amphitheater, March 28
WILD WILD WEST STEAMPUNK CONVENTION 9
March 5-8, 2020! Daily ticket $45.50, Old Tucson,AZ
Thursday night – March 5th – Join us at our hotel to kick off the convention!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – We enjoy all the amazing activities, rides and adventures Old Tucson has to offer, and more Steampunk activities, events, music, concerts, and workshops than ever before!
Friday Night – special events at the Hotel!
Saturday Night Concert
Sunday – A full day of entertainment at Old Tucson with closing ceremonies at the Grand Palace Saloon
SOUTHWESTERN ARIZONA STATE PARKS
Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
McFarland State Historic Park, Courthouse, 24 W Ruggles St, Florence, AZ 85132
Oracle State Park, 3820 E Wildlife Dr, Oracle, AZ 85623
Star Party at Oracle State Park, March 14 | September 19 7-9 p.m.
Experience the night sky via telescopes at Oracle State Park while enjoying inspirational trail music! Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be visible in the sky.
Roper Lake State Park, 101 E Roper Lake Rd, Safford, AZ 85546
Dankworth Pond State Park, 3miles south of Roper SP
Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2.4mile cave, 2980 AZ-90, Benson, AZ 85602
Second Annual David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party and Astrophotography Workshops, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 9:00 PM
Patagonia Lake State Park, 400 Patagonia Lake Rd, Nogales, AZ 85621
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, part of Patagonia
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. 223 Toughnut Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638
San Rafael Ranch State Natural Area, not open but Forest Service road 61 traverses park.
Picacho Peak State Park, 15520 Picacho Peak Rd, Picacho, AZ 85141
The Arboretum at Arizona State University: Tempe, Arizona This, the largest urban arboretum in Arizona, is home to over 300 species from diverse geographic regions, as well as the Sonoran Desert. It contains one of the best collections of date palms and conifers in the desert southwest, and offers a growing collection of native southwestern plants.
Desert Botanical Garden: Phoenix, Arizona Specializing in the conservation, study and dissemination of knowledge about arid-land plants of the world, visitors enjoy their particular emphasis on succulents and the native flora of the southwestern US.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park: Superior, Arizona A major center for plant research and a haven for plant-lovers and enthusiasts alike, numerous examples of native vegetation from the Sonoran Desert, in addition to vegetation from arid and semi-arid regions of throughout the world, are featured.
The Arboretum: Flagstaff, Arizona
Dedicated to helping visitors understand the plants and plant communities of the Colorado Plateau, visitors can discover for themselves the diverse botanic beauty found only in the Four Corners region of the US.
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: Tucson, Arizona A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Visitors can enjoy interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert, alive and in their natural desert settings.
Tohono Chul Park: Tucson, Arizona Tohono Chul Park offers an enchanting environment where visitors can reconnect with the quiet beauty of nature in the unparalleled beauty of the Sonoran region. Many programs offered.
Tucson Botanical Gardens: Tucson, Arizona
Thirteen unique gardens and numerous special events provide horticultural and ecological education to encourage responsible environmental stewardship, and to provide a setting for enjoyment, relaxation and renewal for residents and visitors of all ages.
Spring Blooming Periods Lower Elevations: 1,000 – 3,000 feet ( Tucson 2,389 ft) (Phoenix 1,086) (Sells 2,392) Yuccas—March and April Annuals—February, March, and April Cacti—March, April, and May Higher Elevations: 3,000 – 5,000 feet ( Oracle 4,524) ( Willcox 4,167) Joshua Trees and Yuccas—March and April Annuals—March, April, and May Cacti—April, May, and June
Spring and Summer Trek Ideas
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park., P.O. Box 1245, Payson, AZ 85547 (10 miles north of Payson on Hwy 87)
Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336
Sedona Arts Center; North/South Studio, Star Trails – Starry Night Crash Course with Charles Ruscher, Software Covered: Google Earth, Photo Pills (phone app), Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, StarStaX, Hugui (stitching) & Color Effects Pro plugin, Apr 18-19, $149.00 Milky Way workshop June 20-21 Sedona Photo Symposium, August 20th to August 23rd, 2020 with pre and post symposium workshops.
Chiricahua National Monument (NPS) Overnight Milky Way Photography
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (NPS/BLM)
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (BLM)
Ironwood Forest National Monument (BLM)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (NPS)
Saguaro National Park (NPS)
Tumacacori National Historical Park (NPS)
Empire Ranch & Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (BLM),
The San Juan Basin Badlands
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area, Bloomfield, 50 miles
Bisti Wilderness Area, Farmington, 35 miles
Burnham Badlands, Farmington, 40 miles
Angel Peak Scenic Area
San Ysidro Anticline and Ojito Wilderness Area
Chaco Culture NHP
Upcoming events at the Center for Creative Photography at the UofA that may interest Club Camera Members.
Legacies of Light – a Three Day Celebration
Ansel Adams Birthday Celebration
Annual Heard Guild Indian Fair and Market – Travel by bus-
Sunday | March 8 | 8am-5pm | $75 members | $85 general public
Every year the Heard Museum in Phoenix holds a premier Indian Market with special events and demonstrations. The next the event will be held on the weekend of March 7 & 8, 2020. There is an opportunity to enjoy a day without having to drive. Tohono Chul Gardens is offering a one day trip on Sunday March 8th. This is an announcement of an opportunity that CCT members might wish to avail themselves and they should sign up with Tohono Chul and make arrangements with them.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is open daily, year-round. There is an entrance fee.
January 15, 2020 through February 28, 2020
Club Camera Tucson Exhibit Opportunity at the Oro Valley Library.
Dates are January 15, 2020 till February 28, 2020
This exhibit is open for the best work of the club members regardless of theme or style (appropriate for public viewing in the library of course). Color, B&W, nature, portrait, landscape, street photography, travel photography, creative, etc., are all acceptable. Prints should be matted and framed; canvas, metal, or acrylic prints can be framed or unframed. All images must be prepared with wire hanging hardware.
Deadline for submitting images is December 18, 2019 (I apologize for the short notice). Members may submit a maximum of three images for consideration. There is a $5 hanging fee for each image accepted for display. A total of 30 images may be accepted for this exhibit.
Image information needed:
Title of the Image.
Brief description/information about the image, if desired, as you would like it to appear on the Description Card (very short) or in the sales book. The appreciation of certain images can be enhanced with a brief explanation or description of what makes the image unique, how the shot was made, location, etc.
Expected size of finished gallery image. Images should not be smaller than 8×10 and generally not larger than 16×20 (or 20 inches on the long side, if a pano). Larger images may be accepted on a limited basis. There is limited space in the gallery.
Medium – print (must be matted and framed)
metal or acrylic
Landscape or vertical
Desired sale price. You are free to charge any price you wish or to provide an image NFS (not for sale)
Contact Information to appear in the sales book. List your name phone number, email address and or website address.
Send JPG of Image to firstname.lastname@example.org.
File naming format: your last name-first initial_OV_image title. (Example: Knoll-s_OV_grand canyon sunset).
Thanks for submitting an image. All photos will be reviewed and photographers will be notified late December to confirm images that are accepted. A $5 hanging fee will cover the costs of preparing the Description Cards and sales book. Please send any other questions or comments via email or phone to email@example.com or call Susan Knoll at 520-465-3728.
Drop Off Date: You will need to drop off accepted work at the Oro Valley Library entryway on 15 January 2020, ready to be hung (wire hanging hardware necessary). Attach a business card sized identification on the back of the work which should include your name and a phone number.
Please note: By participating in this show you agree to release and discharge Club Camera Tucson and its members from any and all claims occasioned by damage or loss of artwork while in the possession of Club Camera Tucson and Oro Valley Library.
Again sorry for the short notice.
October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Kirk-Bear Canyon library (Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Rd) is displaying CCT Member Ted Fleming’s 24-piece set of wildlife images. Previously this exhibit was on display at the Joel Valdez main library last February. So here’s your chance if you missed the previous hanging to appreciate Ted’s amazing photographic talent.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at 11 am
Wine Country Fall Festival 2019 the Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is stopping at the Willcox Depot on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 am
Big Boy is scheduled to arrive here in Tucson on the 17th for overnight and be on display here from 9 am to 3 pm on the 18th. Then the next day the 19th it leaves at 7 am for Benson , Willcox and beyond.
To kick off the Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival 2019 the Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is stopping at the Willcox Depot on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 am. It is touring the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.
The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive.
Let’s all grab a taste or glass of wine and cheers the train as it leaves at 11:15 am. More information at
Big Boy Locomotive Schedule October 2019
The schedule is on the above link.
December 26, 2020 – “Flora and Fauna of the South West” exhibit at Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery
The Photographic Imagery of Club Camera Tucson will feature “Flora and Fauna of the Southwest” at The Ranch House Art Gallery at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 East Roger Road, Tucson, AZ 85749. Subjects would be simply animal, vegetable, but not minerals. Genres include both wild animals as well as captive ones found in the Southwest. Included will be animals from our wonderful zoo’s but not domestic animals like our pets. Also included could be insects, i.e. butterflies, spiders and other species as well as our desert flowers and growing things.
Installation date: 12/24/20, Removal date: 1/28/21
Exhibit Dates: Thursday December 26, 2020 to Wednesday, January 27, 2021. The Gallery is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A “Meet the Artists” Reception will be currently (tentatively) held at the gallery from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. a date to be determined.
January 17, 2019-“Healing, Inspiration and Art: An Exhibition”
Deborah Kauffeld of CCT is exhibiting her work.
” Thirty-five artists, including myself, will be exhibiting their work. I’m including information for anyone who might be interested in attending. I have three pieces accepted for the show – “Through the Darkness, Light”; “Self-Portrait” and “Heart Sequestered”. One is digital art from a photograph while the other two are original, no photograph.”
Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 5-7 PM there will be an artist’s reception at the Ventana Community Gallery of Roche Tissue Diagnostics in Oro Valley.
Hope to see you there! Oh, I forgot to mention – live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be offered!
The Photographic Imagery of Club Camera Tucson will feature “In the Steps of the Masters” at The Ranch House Art Gallery at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 East Roger Road, Tucson, AZ 85749. Genres include Landscapes, Life & Culture, Abstracts, Nature & Wildlife, all in monochrome (black & white and sepia) photography. Exhibit Dates: Saturday February 16, 2019 to Thursday, March 14, 2019. The Gallery is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A “Meet the Artists” Reception will be currently (tentatively) held at the gallery on Sunday February 24, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Click HERE to sign up to submit images for review to the selection committee.
November 30, 2018 – Images of Club Camera Tucson exhibit featured at Oro Valley Public Library Gallery
The Photographic Imagery of Club Camera Tucson will feature Hand of Man, Nature, and Creative photography at the Oro Valley Public Library Gallery located at 1305 W. Naranja Dr., Oro Valley, AZ. Exhibit Dates: Friday, November 30, 2018, to Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
The exhibit is open for the best work of the club members regardless of the theme or style (appropriate for public viewing in the library, of course.) Color, B&W, nature, portrait, landscape, street photography, travel photography, creative, etc. Prints are to be matted and framed; canvas, metal or acrylic prints can be framed or unframed. All images must be prepared with wire hanging hardware.
Click HERE to sign up to submit images for review to the selection committee.
Tohono Chul Park
A great place to take interesting photos.
Wonderful themed gardens, nature trails, eclectic shops, art galleries, classes, creatures and a charming Tea Room. Named as one of the great botanical gardens of the world by Travel+Leisure.
Tohono Chul Park is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There is an entrance fee.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Another wonderful place to capture great photos.
A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is open daily, year-round. There is an entrance fee.