St. Peter’s Church and Muenster Oktoberfest Outing: Oct. 8, 2022

  • 8: 30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022
  • Meet at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (View a Google map to Muenster and nearby Lindsay.)
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Muenster Oktoberfest
  • Tripods are allowed in the church.
  • Photos of St. Peter’s by John Nixon.

We will depart from our meeting room parking lot at UNT Health Science Center at 8:30 a.m. and travel about 1.5 hours to the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 424 Main Street, Lindsay, and begin taking photos around 10 a.m.

Construction started on St. Peter’s in 1899 and the church opened in 1903. A tornado destroyed the church in 1913, but it was rebuilt in 1919. Restoration began in 2009 at a cost of $4.9 million.

There is currently nothing scheduled at the church that morning, but we are required to contact the church on Oct. 6 to make sure there is no church activity that would interfere with our plans. If a conflict develops, we will announce this at our Oct. 6 program meeting.

Following the church photos, we will travel about 10 miles to 301 N. Ash Street in Muenster, to the Muenster Oktoberfest where we will photograph everything from pumpkins to musicians to a stein hoisting contest. There is a $5 admission fee and numerous food booths for the noon meal. Oktoberfest ends at midnight.  

Muenster was settled in 1889 by German immigrants. There are buildings with German-style architecture, murals, Fischer’s Market and the Muenster Museum with its vintage farm equipment.

The Club asks that participants observe Covid-19 precautions suitable for their circumstances.

Monthly Fun Photo Challenge: 2022

Above, Fort Worth Public Market, September 2022 photo challenge subject, submitted by Ken Sparks. Find more on our Facebook page. Find guidelines and topics below. Please be safe during our hot Texas weather: stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and protective clothing.

The monthly challenge with no scores or judging continues in 2022. Photos are shared at the second Thursday Competition meeting for everyone’s enjoyment.

JAN 11      Night Lights: holiday lights, neon light

FEB. 8       Fort Worth Stock Show (Jan. 14-Feb. 5) (other than Dickies Arena events

MAR 8      Cowtown Marathon (Feb 26-27)

APRIL 12  Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Lane, Fort Worth

MAY 10    Main Street Arts Festival, (April 7-10) Fort Worth

JUN 14    Chua Huong Doa Buddhist Temple (exterior), 4717 E. Rosedale, Fort Worth

JUL 12      Night or Day Photography in downtown Fort Worth

AUG 9      Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth

SEP 13      Fort Worth Public Market (exterior), 1400 Henderson, Fort Worth

OCT 11     Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth

NOV 8      Sinclair Station Restoration, 3725 McCart Ave., Fort Worth

Guidelines

The Photo Challenge will be separate from monthly member competition and will not have scores or awards; it’s for fun, sharing ideas and learning how other members view the same subjects. Here’s how it works:

  • Each month has an assigned subject.
  • Photos must be taken after Nov. 16, 2021.
  • Members may enter up to three images each month.
  • The images will be shown during our Zoom meeting on a Tuesday following our workshop and posted as a group on Facebook as an album.
  • The images will be displayed in no particular order and the photographer’s name will be announced. Questions and positive comments are welcome as the image is shown. We want to enjoy the range of creativity of our members.

Submission of Images

  • Rename your images using your first and last name with a space in between; put a number 2 after your name if entering a second image; put a number 3 after your name if entering a third image.
  • No need to remove metadata.
  • Re-size your images to 1920 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high
  • New email address: Email them to submit.photochal@gmail.com on or before midnight of the 2nd Tuesday of the month with a subject line of “FWCC Photo Challenge Submission.”

Challenge Committee members are Ken Sparks, Ken Spencer and Vicki Lai.

Big Bend National Park Outing: March 1-6, 2023

  • March 1-6, 2023
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Bend is an 8-10 hour drive from Fort Worth
  • Lodging of all types is limited; make reservations in 2022
Brewster County Texas

Photograph starry skies, desert vistas and early spring bluebonnets in the Big Bend region of Texas. This outing will include three photo opportunities (days TBD):

  • Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon; photo above, by Roy O’Rear
  • Sunset at Sotol Vista Overlook
  • Morning views and lunch at Chisos Mountains Lodge area (Location may change since the lodge is expected to close for remodeling sometime in 2023.)

Participants may otherwise explore photo locations, hiking and dining of their choosing.

The park is one of the most re-visited parks in the national parks system. Visitors are attracted by the vast skies, desert and mountain ecology and wildlife. The area has limited options for lodging, camping and RVs, so reservations must be made well in advance.

If you have not traveled to Big Bend or have not explored West Texas, you’ll need to research locations and activities. Please be aware that you should heed all warnings about distance, weather, road conditions and hydration. The desert is spectacular, but unforgiving.

Many club members are regular visitors to the 800,000 acre national park and their images from the area often win awards. Ask members for suggestions at a monthly club meeting; find more information:

Japanese Garden Outing: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

  • 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas. (View a Google map.)
  • Admission Fee: $12 per adult; $10 for those age 65 and older; free for members.
  • Equipment: Tripods are permitted for FWCC members for this outing.
  • Parking is free. Attendees may meet in the foyer of the main building (not the BRIT building.)

Note that this is a weekday and a morning outing, scheduled to avoid heat and crowds. Our focus is the Japanese Garden, but participants may want to make note of other areas to explore. Our Fun Photo Challenge for October also is the Botanic Garden.

The Japanese Garden opened in 1973. It includes a zen area, koi pool and a variety of plants, including bamboo, Japanese maple and cherry trees.

The popular Moon Bridge, below, is visible, but being repaired according to traditional Japanese building standards. The garden is a member of the North American Japanese Garden Association.

Share a Favorite Photo Location

Do you have a favorite photo location to share with others?

Download these templates, complete one or more and share them with a new Fort Worth Camera Club-Dallas Camera Club project that provides locations for us to practice and enjoy photography. The templates provide location, directions and a photo to help you plan a visit and make the locations easy to find. Above, Historic Stockyards by Ken Spencer.

Locations will be accessible from this website page (fortworthcameraclub.org) to a Photographic Opportunity page managed by Sam Lucas of the Dallas club. The master list of photo locations is arranged in alphabetical order by country, state and city; if the photo location is not in a city, it will be listed under the nearest city. Locations can be a favorite field of bluebonnets, a nature walk or an interesting downtown building – places that encourage a keen eye and creativity. Photo above by Ken Spencer.

We need all our members to get to work filling out templates for photo locations to add to the master list, says Fort Worth club president Ken Sparks. You are not required to make a new trip to submit a template. Just complete templates based on your past trips and submit them to Ron Shue so we will have a long list of places to pursue our hobby.

Questions? Follow the instructions on the template and/or contact project coordinator Ron Shue, 817-304-3220, or Ken Sparks at 979-484-9249.