Archive for May, 2009

CNPS Orange County News – May ’09

May 16, 2009
In this Email:
1. General Meeting, May 14, 2009
2. June Chapter Celebration Preview
3. Special Membership Offer 

1. General Meeting, Thursday, May 21, 2009

Duck Club, Riparian View Way, Irvine

(see for directions)
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Main program at 7:30 pm

Wildflower Photography Tips & Tricks – or “Take a hike, but don’t forget your camera!”

Speaker: Bob Allen

Join us as the energetic Bob Allen takes us to different Orange County locations to discuss and illustrate tips for photographing our local wildflowers-All while we relax in the comfort of the Duck club!

This unique presentation will appeal to many; those just starting out photographing in nature will certainly learn more than enough to point them in the right direction, while those who have been snapping away for years will pick up those “tricks of the trade” that will make their images just that much better.

Those of you who have taken Bob’s photography class know he has a deep knowledge of nature photography and a knack for making it all understandable. Besides the photography tips and tricks he will also show us where in Orange County to go for great wildflower shots, the importance of timing your trips, and ‘specialties’ (the rare and unusual) to add to your life list of must have photos.

Of course, like all Bob’s talks we should expect a dash of humor and we will likely learn several things about our wildflowers we did not know, so it will be an enjoyable night for all.

Bob Allen teaching at North Main Divide Road

Bob Allen is a nature photographer, author, instructor, and consulting biologist. Raised in San Juan Capistrano, he studied insects from a very early age. In high school, he was introduced to plants, became hooked, and bought his first copy of Philip Munz’s Flora of Southern California at age 15. He is currently preparing his eagerly awaited second book, A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.

 2. June General Meeting – Preview

June 18, 2009 is our special celebration meeting, in which we honor past achievements and thank our members. There will be delicious refreshments, some exciting and unique items up for bidding in a silent auction, and a raffle drawing. We need your help!  In fact, if you bring an item to the raffle table, you will receive 5 free raffle tickets.  Please contact Sarah Jayne or Dan Songster  with ideas or questions about making donations to the silent auction or raffle, or if you might have time to contact a favorite store/activity/hotel/restaurant to arrange a donation for a good cause.

Celia Kutcher is putting together a “slide show” of this year’s OCCNPS activities, to be on view during our end-of-year bash on June 18.  We’d like to include as many as possible of the images we’ve seen all of you taking all year.  Email your best images, as .jpgs of approximately 500K, to by June 1.  Please include location, date, and names of people and/or plants in each.  And join us on June 18 to see the show!

3. Your Membership Helps Preserve and Protect California Native Plants and Their Habitats

For more than 40 years CNPS has been a leader in habitat protection, conservation, and promoting the use of native plants in landscaping and home gardens.

As a member of CNPS, you play a key role in our ability to promote the conservation of native plants through science, education, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship. So much of what we do depends on the strength and commitment of our members!

On the local level, your membership and involvement contributes to strong chapters that provide regular educational programs through monthly meetings and field trips, as well as support for local conservation efforts.

If you are a member of CNPS, we value you more than you can know – thank you!  If you have been thinking about joining, now is a good time. For a limited time, CNPS is offering a special incentive to new members! Join online at the $45.00 member or higher levels and you’ll receive one of three beautiful wildflower posters: Wildflowers of the Desert, Wildflowers of the Coast, or Wildflowers of the Redwood Forest.


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