Monthly Fun Photo Challenge: 2022

Above, Log Cabin Village, April 2022 photo challenge subject, submitted by Jerry Turner. Find more on our Facebook page. Find guidelines and new topics below.

The monthly Photo Challenge with no scores or judging continues in 2022. Photos are shared at the second Thursday Competition meeting for everyone’s enjoyment. Download 2022 FWCC Photo Challenge Locations v2

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      Grapevine Steam Locomotive, 705 S. Main Street, Grapevine

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

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

Guidelines

  • Members may enter up to two images each month.
  • 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
  • No need to remove metadata.
  • Re-size your images to 1920 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high.
  • New email address: Email them to photochal@gmail.com on or before midnight of the 2nd Tuesday of the month with a subject line of “Photo Challenge.”
  • The images will be shown during our Zoom meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month following our workshop and posted as a group on Facebook as an album.
  • The images will be displayed in no order and the photographer’s name will be announced. The entries will not be judged or scored. Questions and positive comments are welcome as each image is shown. We want to enjoy the range of creativity of our members.

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

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games Outing: May 7, 2022

  • 9 a.m. Saturday May 7, 2022
  • Wise County Fairgrounds, Decatur, Texas; find maps and directions.
  • Admission $25
  • Above, by Patty Sparks

A great opportunity to experience Scottish culture, including athletic events (all contestants wear kilts), musical events, and Scottish food. This event has been rated by Highlander Magazine as the number one Scottish festival in North America for entertainment and talent.

There is also a photo competition that you can enter:

Travel

If you are interested in caravanning or carpooling, we will depart promptly at 9 a.m. from the UNT Health Science Center parking lot, where we have our meetings, and expect to arrive around 10 a.m. The group will travel to the Wise County Fair Grounds, enjoy lunch there, and spend the afternoon photographing events.

The club follows Covid-19 protocols at all events, so we encourage carpooling only with family and if you follow Covid-19 protocols suitable for participant’s circumstances. If you have any questions about Covid-19, contact your physician or caregiver: Covid-19.

The festival continues through the day. Participants may leave any time. If you caravanned or carpooled with someone please be sure to let them know when you plan to leave.

Rock Church, Bridge and Windmill Outing: April 9, 2022

  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • We will depart from the Walmart parking lot at 8840 Benbrook Blvd, Benbrook, TX promptly at 8:30 a.m. and drive to the Windmill Farm B&B, 6625 Colony Road, Tolar TX. After photographing the 30 windmills, we will contact the pastor of the Rock Church, 6101 Rock Church Hwy., Tolar, TX to unlock the church. We anticipate arriving at the church around 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. The Rock Church Cemetery and an old swinging bridge are located near the church in case you arrive before the church is unlocked.
  • Above, Rock Church interior by Mark Rogers

Explore and photograph early Texas during an outing to the historic Rock Church Community, 10 miles southwest of Tolar on FM Road 2475, on the Hood and Erath County line.

The Rock Church Community includes an old-fashioned swinging bridge, rock fortress-church for which the community was named, and a turn-of-the-century clapboard church.

The Jesse Caraway family donated land in the1860s for the church. The two-story, solid rock building was constructed with volunteer labor and materials contributed by the community’s founding families. The community was on the route to the Comanche Peak look-out and ceremonial site for Comanches and other tribes, who clashed with settlers and U.S. military in the area.

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In 1917, a swinging bridge was built across the Paluxy River near the church and was used for pedestrians, horse and buggy traffic and automobiles.

Near Tolar, the Windmill Farm features more than 30 vintage windmills begging to be photographed.

Participants may travel as they prefer. Carpool and follow Covid-19 precautions suitable for participants’ circumstances. If you have questions about Covid-19, contact your physician or caregiver. 

Route 66, Balloons, Rodeo: Outings in April and June 2022

Join us for photo opportunities in three diverse locations. Club members Marsha Ezell, Susan Taylor and Ken Sparks have identified events packed with color, action and interest for photographers.

  • April 12-16 – Route 66, Carthage, Missouri to Edmond, Oklahoma. Photograph Red Oak II, an historical village with a diner, jail, smithy, general store, Phillips 66 station, schoolhouse, town hall and several homes, which create a quaint faux village. Then we will travel along old Route 66 through Oklahoma. We will keep in touch by phone and text, and plan to meet at locations along the way.
  • June 17-19 – Great Texas Balloon Race, Longview.
  • June 21-25 – West of the Pecos Rodeo, Pecos, Texas. The rodeo is rated one of the five best large outdoor rodeos in the country.

Because the balloon race and the Pecos rodeo are popular events, hotel rooms will be scarce, so reserve a cancellable room now. You can always cancel later if your plans change. Download the PDFs below to find suggested hotels. Participants are expected to travel on their own and pay for transportation, lodging and meals. We will meet for photography and meals as schedules allow.

Questions?

Email Marsha Ezell or Susan Taylor. Download details, lodging and travel tips with these PDFs:

Covid-19 Precautions

The Club expects participants to observe Covid-19 precautions suitable for their circumstances and to follow CDC guidelines.

Photos courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society, Great Texas Balloon Race and club member Ron Shue; click to view slide show.

North Texas Irish Festival Outing: March 5, 2022

  • 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022
  • Dallas Fair Park; map and directions.
  • Admission $25; discount tickets may be purchased at Tom Thumb and Albertsons

Find photo opportunities at weekend of Irish and Celtic activities, including song, dance, and traditional bands, culinary workshops, martial arts classes and presentations by the Victorian Fencing Society.

Travel

Meet others at 11 a.m. in the free parking lot at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie. The group will caravan to Fair Park, enjoy lunch there and spend the afternoon photographing events. 

The club follows Covid-19 protocols at all events, so we encourage carpooling only with family and if you follow Covid-19 precautions suitable for participants’ circumstances. If you have questions about Covid-19 contact your physician or caregiver.

The event continues throughout the afternoon; participants may depart at any time. If you caravanned with someone, be sure to let them know when you plan to leave.