In-Person Meetings Cancelled Through August

Updated May 11, 2020

  • In-person Club meetings will be cancelled until at least September. UNTHSC is not yet open for public meetings.
  • Club workshops will be conducted on Zoom starting in June with Robert Chura as the first presenter. He will explain his image planning and processing steps. Robert is a Master photographer, regular award winner and a long-time Club member.
  • We hope to host programs online and schedule outings in small groups with social distancing. Please check this website and Facebook regularly.
  • We hope you will continue to participate in online activities, and we hope you are safely able to enjoy making photos at home and outdoors.
  • We look forward to seeing you online!

 Published March 11, 2020

Our regularly scheduled March 19, April and May meetings at UNTHSC have been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19, the novel corona virus.

We meet at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, which has closed its public meeting rooms through the end of May to help protect its campus and students, and the many community members who use its facilities.

Medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that we avoid gatherings and groups to help manage the virus. About 100 people regularly attend our first and third Thursday meetings.

These monthly meetings at UNTHSC are cancelled:

  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
  • April 28 workshop
  • May 7
  • May 21

Please follow us on Facebook and this website for updated information about club activities. We will provide additional information about outings not at UNTHSC, competition, programs and future events on these sites and by email. Thank you for your membership and your understanding.

We encourage you to consult with your health care provider and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and its experts in the study, treatment and prevention of viral illness. Here are tips:

  • If you feel ill, have a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your medical provider.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to the corona virus, stay home and contact your medical provider.
  • Avoid large gatherings and groups of people.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (Sing the Happy Birthday Song twice).
  • Use hand sanitizer; let it dry on your hands.

Find current information from these sources:

We hope to see you at an outing or future meeting. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Above, Hot and Dusty O6 Ranch, Alpine, Aimee Martin

Cancelled: Historic Ranger and Strawn Outing: March 21

Outing Cancelled

This club outing has been cancelled due to concerns about the corona virus and COVID-19. If you have questions about buildings, locations or photo opportunities in the area, please contact John Nixon. Stay safe, all. 

  • 8 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Meet at Walmart Super Center, 8840 Benbrook Blvd, Benbrook, TX 76126
  • Explore historic Ranger and Strawn; lunch at Mary’s Café

Join us for a spring outing to photograph West Texas scenery, vintage and abandoned buildings and possibly/probably, wildflowers.

We’ll carpool to Ranger, Texas to photograph abandoned buildings and whatever else we find. Ranger is a town of about 2,500 people with a rich history. The town is named for the Texas Ranger camp established there in the 1870s. The area grew in the early 20th Century with an economy based on agriculture, oil and railroad expansion. The Ranger post office has a Depression-era WPA mural.

After exploring Ranger, we will then have lunch at Mary’s Café, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76475. After lunch, we can explore Strawn for images and wildflowers along U.S. Hwy. 180.

Outings are free; participants should pay for gas and their own lunch, and agree to PDF-Release-of-Liability.

COVID-19 Reminder

Be sure to follow Corona virus (COVID-19) precautions: stay home if you are coughing or feel sick or think you may have been exposed, cough and sneeze into into your elbow rather than your hands, don’t shake hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer.

Above, abandoned piano in Ranger; John Nixon

Cancelled: Caddo Lake Outing: May 1-3

This club outing has been cancelled due to concerns about the corona virus and COVID-19. We hope to reschedule, eventually. If you have questions about buildings, locations or photo opportunities in north Texas, please refer to our Facebook page. Practice social distancing and stay safe, all. 

  • East Texas and Caddo Lake Photo Tours Outing; PDF Caddo Lake State Park Map
  • Friday-Sunday, May 1, 2, 3, 2020
  • Individual reservations are required for photo tours.

Photograph the moss-draped ecosystem of Caddo Lake in spring. Caddo Lake is the only naturally formed lake in Texas. The lake and environs comprise 25,000 acres of forests and wetlands and the flora and fauna that thrive in that environment.

Boats hold four people; trips into the wetlands are scheduled:

  • Friday, May 1, sunset, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (filled; available only if there is a cancellation)
  • Saturday, May 2, sunrise, 6 to 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 2, sunset, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tentative: Sunday, May 3, sunrise, 6 to 9 a.m.
  • Cost is $30 per hour to be paid upon arrival.

Please Note:

To join camera club attendees, you must notify Outings chair Marsha Ezell, who will submit the reservation to Caddo Lake Outback Photo Tours.

Participants must arrive on time and pay at the departure dock. Participants also  are responsible for travel, lodging, food and personal costs. Find the club’s PDF-Release-of-Liability

Nearby lodging is available at Karnack (Lady Bird Johnson’s home town), Marshall and Jefferson, and there are campgrounds in PDF Caddo Lake State Park. Marsha’s recommended nearby restaurants include River Bend, Big Pine Lodge, Shady Lake Café and Circle S Grocery.

Aside from boat tours, Jefferson offers the Jefferson Historical Museum, Museum of Measurement and Time (clocks and surveying tools), Jefferson Railroad, The Grove haunted house, plus historic homes and buildings.

COVID-19 Reminder

Be sure to follow Corona virus (COVID-19) precautions: stay home if you are coughing or feel sick or think you may have been exposed, cough and sneeze into into your elbow rather than your hands, don’t shake hands, don’t touch your face, use hand sanitizer.

Above, Caddo Lake State Park waterlillies, courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Birds, People, Archives Outing: Feb. 22

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.; map
  • People, Birds and Archives: A Visual Feast
  • PDF-Release-of-Liability

Join Outings coordinator Marsha Ezell and a museum docent to learn about two exhibits and how to access the Carter’s internationally recognized photography library and archive.

The outing includes:

  • Eliot Porter’s Birds – Porter set the model for today’s nature photography and the use of color to turn photographic prints into art.
  • Looking In: Photography from the Outside – Images by six significant 20th Century photographers, all telling a story about American life. Photographers include Richard Avedon, Morris Engel, Laura Gilpin, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, and Paul Strand.  This exhibit was discussed at our Jan. 2 meeting by the museum’s Assistant Curator for Photographs Kristen Gaylord.
  • Presentation and tour of the archives in the museum photography collection. We will learn about the Library/Archives, how to use them and view relevant collections.

After this visual and creative feast, we’ll eat lunch at Railhead Smokehouse, 2900 Montgomery St.

Free parking is available in the Carter museum lots or in the UNT Health Science Center lot, 3500 Camp Bowie, the location of our twice-monthly meetings. Parking fees are charged by the City of Fort Worth for the garage and lots adjacent to the Will Rogers Coliseum and the Community Arts Center. Find an area map.

Above, Eliot Porter (1901–1990), Eastern Flicker, Seney, Michigan, June 28, 1973, dye imbibition print, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, bequest of the artist, © 1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Richardson and Jermyn Outing: Jan. 25

  • Leave promptly at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
  • Meet at Walmart, 721 Boyd Road, Azle, 76028; find a map
  • Outing to Fort Richardson and Jermyn; bring the PDF-Release-of-Liability

Meet club president John Nixon and others at the Walmart located at 721 Boyd Road in Azle. View a Google map.

The group will depart promptly at 8 a.m. on Jan. 25 for the one-hour drive to Fort Richardson State Historic Park in Jacksboro. The address is 228 State Park Road 61 Jacksboro, TX 76458.  Entrance fee is $3. View a map.

Says John: “The plan is to spend as long as you want in the park.  We will have lunch in Jacksboro.  We will then take a short drive up the road to Jermyn, Texas, to take photographs of the abandoned church. We will then conclude the outing.  The weather should be good.”

Fort Richardson was established in November 1867. The fort was the northernmost of a line of federal forts established after the Civil War. Today’s park includes seven restored buildings. Above, by Robert Chura.

The Old Jermyn Church, built in 1910, has been a popular site for club photos. The building is a Texas historical site that is largely abandoned.

JERMYN Closed FUMChurch Sep 2010