COAST CITIES —
The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has kicked off its fifth annual amateur photo contest.
The reserve currently offers 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails; serene picnic areas; and scenic mountain viewpoints. The natural beauty of the reserve includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The annual photo contest is a fun and educational way to showcase the beauty that the reserve offers.
The contest is open to photographers of all ages. Photos must have the reserve as their subject or be taken within the reserve from any authorized trail. Photos must be received by mail or dropped off by Nov. 12 at Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s office, 1966 Olivenhain Road in Encinitas.
The awards presentation will take place at OMWD’s Dec. 15 board of directors meeting. Visit olivenhain.com and click on the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve quick link for a trail map, contest details, and an entry form.
Winning photos from each of the six categories (scenic view, water scenery, people in action, plants and animals, black & white, and youth) will be on display at the Reserve’s Elfin Forest Interpretive Center honoring Susan J. Varty, and will also be featured on the Reserve’s website. In addition, winners are eligible for prizes donated by local businesses such as Eagle Creek travel gear, a Vertical Hold Indoor Rock Climbing package, Total K9 Dog Training lessons, and more.
Located at 8833 Harmony Grove Road, in the community of Elfin Forest, the reserve was developed by OMWD in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority and the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management. Park rangers conduct guided group tours and student exploration programs to help promote environmental awareness and preservation of local watersheds. All wildlife and natural resources at the Reserve are fully protected. For more information or to arrange a ranger-led tour of the reserve, call (760) 632-4212.