Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
Participants are responsible for travel, park fees, lodging and food.
Join club member and master photographer Marsha Ezell in May 2019 at a long-distance, informal outing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
This is a loosely organized outing, says Marsha, who previously has traveled to the park and loves its photo opportunities. “The park is good for non-walkers and super heroes, there are on-the-road areas and hard hikes that take photographers to fabulous waterfalls,” she says. “The great draw of the Smokies is water. There are cascades, waterfalls and still water, everywhere.”
For information about the trip or hotels, contact Marsha.
If you are interested in RV-ing as a group, contact club member Chad Fenner.
There are photogenic cabins, churches, mills and a school, crafts and artists, the Eastern Cherokee Reservation and the morning fog that gives the park its name. The park is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 950 miles east of Fort Worth.
Outings allow us to visit interesting and scenic places in north Texas, take photos and have fun. View the Outings schedulefor information. Here are a selection of participant images from 2018 outings to Fabrication Yards, Rock Church Community, Jermyn, Historic Cleburne, Dallas’ Historic Statler Hotel, Possum Kingdom Lake, Ennis Bluebonnet Festival, Colleyville Nature Center, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and the Dallas Arboretum.
Note: Meeting time changed to 7:30 a.m. If you plan to stay for lunch, you must sign up by Tuesday, Nov 27. The plan is to eat at the highly touted Pecan Lodge Barbecue. Email Dick Dodds email@example.com with your name and phone to confirm lunch attendance.
7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; see note above regarding lunch
Carpool from the parking lot at UNTHSC, 3500 Camp Bowie.
Capture the imaginative graffiti designs of Dallas’ fabrication yard and the street art of thehistoric Deep Ellum area at the Dec. 1 club outing.
Outings chair Dick Dodds will lead the group to the fabrication yard area near Sylvan Avenue and I-30 to find bold, sanctioned graffiti. Participants also will be able to photograph the two iconic bridges over the Trinity River. The group will then move on to the more sophisticated street art of historic Deep Ellum in east Dallas.
The group will leave the UNTHSC parking lotat 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, for the 45-minute drive to Dallas. After the outing, we’ll enjoy lunch at participants’ expense in Deep Ellum. If you have questions, contact Dick.
Fabrication yards image by club board member Julie Delio.
Join us for an outing to nearby Jermyn, Texas, to photograph the century-old First Methodist Church. The building includes chairs, pews, some other furnishings and has colored glass panels in some windows. Club vice president Ken Spencer will lead the group, as we find interesting items and scenery to photograph.
After our visit, we will have lunch at participants’ expense at the Green Frog restaurant in Jacksboro.
To join this outing, plan to meet us and leave by 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the UNTHSC parking lot to carpool to Jermyn, which is a 90 minute drive.
Our Aug. 18 outing takes us to the historic town of Cleburne, 30 miles south of Fort Worth and the seat of Johnson County. Famous for cotton, cattle and a major center for railroad car and locomotive repair, it was established in 1867 and named for Patrick Cleburne a Confederate general. Above, rail car at the Layland Museum, courtesy of UNT Libraries, Portal to Texas History.
We will meet at the UNTHSC parking lot at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, to carpool. We will meet our photo tour guide and club member Mike Mahaffey.
Our morning tour will be an easy walking tour of several of Cleburne’s downtown attractions. We’ll begin at the First Baptist Church parking lot. Some sites will include:
The historic stained-glass windows of First Baptist Church
The warmth and beauty of the woodwork at the Church of the Holy Comforter
The Layland Museum in the historic 1904 Carnegie Library
The unique stores of the Bus Depot Antiques and Red Horse Antique Mall