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The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society will host rock art photographer Kirk Kegel on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at the San Clemente Community Center.

Kegel’s interest in rocks and minerals evolved simply through his own personal study. Kegel studied geology at Saddleback College and then continued his geological career.

For the past 15 years, Kegel has been cutting and inspecting rocks and minerals on his own, intrigued by the various rock formations and colors within. Kegel decided to merge his love for geology with photography, using his Nikon camera to take high-definition, professional photos of the rocks, gems, and minerals he has come to discover over the years.

Kegel has been an active member of SOCGEMS for the past several years, filling several official and unofficial positions, including president and bulletin editor. Outside of SOCGEMS, Kegel operates his own small business,, and works full-time as an engineering recruiter.

SOCGEMS meets monthly on every third Wednesday of the month. Invitation is open to all, free of charge. The meetings and speaker presentations are often followed by refreshments, a raffle, and interactions and with the guest speaker.
For more information on SOCGEMS monthly meetings or membership, visit


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