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The Woodland Camera Forum will present a free travel photography program on the Southwest area of the United States by Davis photographer John Spurr at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St. in Woodland.

Spurr, of Davis, will be presenting a slide show titled “Hidden Treasures of the Southwest.” He will focus on photographs he has taken in remote areas of the American Southwest that are not easily accessible since they are typically far from paved roads. The subjects of the photos will include striking and unusual rock formations, ancient Native American ruins and rock art, and dinosaur tracks.

Spurr is a 68-year-old Davis native who is retired from UC Davis, where he worked as a medical research associate as well as a financial officer. He also spent a considerable number of years playing electric guitar with various local rock groups.

He became interested in the canyon country of the Southwest around 30 years ago, and he and his wife have been traveling out there every year for the past 24 years to hike and explore. They particularly enjoy exploring the more remote locations in between the numerous national parks, national monuments and state parks out there. They discovered early on that there are amazing sights to see in these remote areas, and they say that 90 percent of the time they see no one else.

The beauty of canyon country inspired Spurr to take photography more seriously about 20 years ago, and photography has replaced playing music in bands as his primary hobby. He is a member of the Photography Club of Davis.

In addition to Spurr’s program, the members of the Woodland Camera Forum will display digital images for discussion, and refreshments will be served. WCF programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website at or call Susan Bovey at 530-219-0955.

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