COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in San Diego County. While the Sierra Club currently only mandates to put all personal meetings on hold until the end of August, our photo club will NOT meet in person and continue to hold all club meetings online instead, at least until the end of the year 2020. While treatment of this disease has improved, the general situation has not changed: there is no general immunity, there is no vaccine.
Until that changes, we all must remain vigilant to help reduce the spread of the virus. This means not only maintaining a social distance, wearing a face covering when in public and avoiding gatherings – it also means limiting travel, in order to not be a vector that carries the virus from population centers to remote communities that don’t have the same access to medical treatments that we have.
With regards to other, local club events, we will have to wait and see how the situation evolves. Whether it will be possible to meet outdoors for one or the other photo activity will require careful evaluation.
In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy. Avoid gatherings, limit social contacts, maintain social distancing, wear a face covering. It’s in your own best interest. The mask on your face protects others. The mask on other’s faces protects you.
We wish you all a Happy 4th of July weekend, and thank you for your understanding.
Alexander S. Kunz
Chair, Sierra Club Photo Section, San Diego
Feature image credit: “Misty Forest”, by our member Jerry Kao (1st place winner in our club-internal photo contest 2019, Landscape category)
Alexander S. Kunz is a landscape and nature photographer originally from Germany. He moved to San Diego in 2010 and specializes on our local landscapes and nature. He currently serves as the Photo Section’s chair, teaches the club’s Lightroom workshops, and also leads a couple of outdoor activities.
You can find his photographic portfolio and blog on his website at https://www.alex-kunz.com.