The "Show and Tell Get-Together" was held Saturday, May 18. This was the brainchild of Darcy Quimby, Bob Rufer and Greg Lilly, a wide-open showcase of fun and interesting work that members are doing, AND a great excuse to get together with friends! Many thanks to the party crew, well done!


Darcy has put the images together for all to see, check it out:


full display.pptx - Microsoft PowerPoint Online (


NEW! PHOTO PRESENTATION, Courtesy of Darcy Quimby: 


Earth Day, Joshua Tree Nat'l Park

"Hiking the Wonderland of Rocks with Mitch Miller" 





Check out the action images from March 24th! Greg Lilly led a trip up to Anza, where motorcycle racing and jumping events are held on Sundays. Member submitted photos were compiled courtesy of Darcy Quimby on this link:!AnVM7scw1FhVgaxrxbBtG7_u1LZ4Jg



Check out the March 14 Walkabout images, member submitted and put together courtesy of Darcy Quimby: andreas canyon.mp4 - OneDrive




Check out the collection of photos below!!


The Safari was led by our guide Sandi Wheaton on February 3rd, starting at the south end of the Salton Sea: we traveled to locations for burrowing owls, the Obsidian Butte tree formations, geothermal and agricultural locations, the Sonny Bono Wildlife Preserve, Mexican food in Calipatria, brief stops at Salvation Mountain and East Jesus, then a sunset finale at Bombay Beach - what a great time!!


Eight of us joined the sojourn and the weather was spectacular - check out some of our photos below, and click on the "X" in any picture to see a larger image slide show:






As a new desert season begins, it’s good to remember that getting out with friends to photograph interesting new places is a favorite part of our club. To open up more photo outings and fun, the Board is tapping into club membership’s experience, inviting photo outing leadership by any current member with a destination in mind. So…

Anybody can lead a photo outing…!

Any and all current club members are invited to dream up and lead a photo outing, wherever your interests lie. It may be two members or twenty, a trip to a museum, a garden, a hike or an urban environment - a workshop - you, as a “Meetup Leader”, need only follow a few guidelines in putting together an event:

·        Leader provides destination details and meetup date/time/location, any requirements or space limitations, plus Leader contact info to Outings Chair;

·        Outings Chair posts invitation details via email, Facebook and website;

·        Leader organizes attendees and ensures sign-in at meetup;

·        Leader advises attendees carpooling is at the discretion of drivers & riders;

·        Participants are encouraged to upload trip images on the club Facebook page.

That’s it! Anyone can lead a photo outing!  Here’s some ideas to get started:

LA Street photography, Farmer’s markets, Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, PS Museum of Art, Modernism tours, the Indian Canyons, PS Air Museum, Catalina Island, Huntington Gardens, Santa Barbara, Sonny Bono Wildlife Reserve / Salton Sea, Temecula Wine Country, The Living Desert, a Desert Jeep Tour, the Santa Rosa Plateau, Whitewater Canyon, Big Morongo Preserve, Anza Borrego, San Diego Botanical Garden... a Workshop… you name it!


Where would you like to go? We’re looking forward to more photo experiences and fun times out and about, in addition to scheduled Club outings. Contact Photo Outings Chair Craig Toms at to start a photo outing and for questions and further information. 


Event Date/Time Details



Joshua Tree! Wonderland of Rocks Photo Hike



Mon April 22nd, 8am

Host: Mitch Miller

Location: Wonderland Ranch Trailhead

Contact: Mitch Miller


Action Photos!

Motorcycle Event

Sun, Mar 24, 8am

Host: Greg Lilly

Location: Anza Motorcycle Venue

Contact: Greg Lilly at

Photo Meetup!

Indian Canyons

Thurs, Mar 14, 7:45am

Andreas Canyon Spring Walkabout!

Host: Craig Toms

Location: Indian Canyons

Contact: Craig Toms at

Salton Sea Photo Safari!

Sat, Feb 3, 7:30am

All day tour of interesting sites around the Salton Sea, with guide Sandi Wheaton

Location: Contact Craig Toms at for info 

Palm Springs Air Museum Meetup

Thurs, Jan 11, 10:00am

Docent led tour of the Air Museum, then photoshoot and lunch on site, $10 entry

Contact: Craig Toms 



Event Date/Time Details




Desert Circuit Equestrian Photoshoot:


Hunter - Jumper  Competitions




Sunday, 3/19/23, 8a.m.


Something Completely Different!


Greg Lilly will lead a photoshoot at the Desert Int'l Horse Park, located on Airport Drive in Thermal. This is a great opportunity to get out and get some action  shots!


Contact Greg Lilly to sign up at:

BALLOONS! Photoshoot Outing, Lake Havasu 

Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2023

Basic Outing Details:

  • Friday, 1/20: Meetup in Lake Havasu, Holiday Inn Express 
  • Balloon Glow Photography
  • Saturday 1/21: AM Balloon Launch Over London Bridge


Contact to sign up!


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing Imperial Sand Dunes

Tues, Jan 18, 1-8:30PM

Afternoon/sunset photoshoot

Members only (limit 12)

Vaccination proof required.


To sign up contact Craig Toms at


Photoshoot Outing

Indian Canyons

Mon, Feb 7, 7:45AM

Meetup Details:

  • Monday, February 7th, 7:45AM, Indian Canyon entry booth on South Palm Canyon Dr. The weather outlook is great!
  • Canyon entry fee $7 for those over 62, $12 otherwise;
  • Proof of vaccination required;
  • Plenty to photograph in easy walking distance, or do the 1-mile loop hike through Andreas Canyon. Murray Canyon is optional;
  • Bring water and a snack;
  • I'll be at the entry booth early, in a white Ford pickup.

If you aren't familiar with the Indian Canyons, check out this link:



Send an email to to sign up!

Event Date/Time Details


Sunday, Mar. 13th 8:00AM - 1:00PM

 Action Photography!


Photograph motorcycle racing and jumping in Anza with Greg Lilly. 



Contact Greg Lilly to sign up at:


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing: Wildlands Preserve Tour

Tues, Mar. 22nd, 8:00AM - 1:00PM


Spring in the Desert! Tour 3 Preserves in the Coachella Valley and Morongo Valley:


Whitewater Preserve, Big Morongo Preserve and Coachella Valley Preserve.


Contact Craig Toms to sign up at:


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing: Morongo Preserve Tour

Tues, November 28th, 7:00AM - 11:00AM


Fall Color in the Desert! 


Big Morongo Preserve 


Contact Craig Toms to sign up at:



COVID19 VACCINATION: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all of our photographic outings require proof of vaccination status. Carpooling is at the discretion of participants, or travel in your own vehicle. 

Coordinators will email details and coordinate signup. Coordinator contact information may be found on your Member Home Page by using the Find button.  Or for more information email

Photo OPS

Your suggestions for future photo outings are appreciated.  Send us an email at:


Photochat Events

"Photochats are open to all members, new ones especially are invited. They are  workshops on a variety of topics, via ZOOM or in person, presented by members for club audience participation. Check the PHOTOCHATS Page here.


CVDCC High School Photographic Competition

From time to time CVDCC conducts a High School Photographic Competition open to students attending high schools across the Coachella Valley. An extremely high quality of entries is received and judging among the entries was most challenging.

Click here for a Gallery of the winning images from the 2011 CVDCC High Scholl Competition.

Our congratulations to all the winning students and our thanks to all who entered. We hope to see more of your work in the future.