Wow! It’s already August and summer is well underway.We had a great summer photo competition and a good turnout for the awards night, all good stuff. As we prepare for our first meeting for August we are looking towards preparing for the glorious colors of fall this October. In lieu of having a survey this year, (and I am sure most are really bummed out about not having a survey!) During our meetings I have asked for suggestions as to how we can better serve our membership. As of this writing, I have not had feedback from anyone. So I might make a leap of faith and presume everyone just loves what we are doing and to keep it up! BUT, just in case there is someone out there who has an idea, please let me know. As our SoCal summer continues through September and October, a few things to keep in mind for you and your camera as you travel through our desert climate with the summer monsoon season upon us. For you, bring water, sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and watch the heat and how it is affecting you. For your camera you need to be thinking about condensation. When you go from a nice, cool environment (your car with the AC on or your hotel room) to a hot humid outside environment, condensation can form inside your lens and camera. On the outside of your camera use a soft dry cloth; for the inside of your camera let the camera acclimate to the new environment slowly. If you are traveling in a high humidity environment you might want to consider silica gel packets in your camera bag to absorb excess moisture. I know it is challenges at times, but if at all possible, do not store your camera in a hot car for long periods of time. Although I am not exactly sure how temperatures of 130+ degrees will affect the electronics of your camera, it can’t be good; I do know it has negative effects on me!Have a fun and safe summer.