Monthly DIY Photo Excursions

Because the PPC is still not able to sponsor in-person field trips, we are starting a series of monthly DIY Photo Excursions.

These are designed for you to visit an interesting location in and near DFW on a day of your choice within a specific time frame and take some great photos while still following COVID-19 guidelines.


May 2021 - Dallas Zoo

This month's DIY Photo Excursion is to the Dallas Zoo from May 1 - 31.

What To Expect When You Visit

As of March 5, 2021, the Dallas Zoo is maintaining the safety protocols they have had in place since May 2020, including their mask mandate.

Here are the main points to keep in mind:

  • All guests, including Dallas Zoo Members, must now reserve timed tickets and parking online prior to visiting.
  • Your tickets and parking will now be scanned at the ticket booths at the Zoo’s entry.
  • Visitors ages 10 and up are required to wear face coverings.
  • Review these details for the entire list of open and closed attractions.

After you get home from the Zoo, send your best pictures (maximum of five) to for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.


April 2021 - Ennis Bluebonnet Trails

It's springtime in Texas - and if you've lived here for any time at all, you know that means bluebonnets.

This month's DIY Photo Excursion is to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails from April 1-30.

Each April, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club. These are the oldest such trails known in the state, and tens of thousands of visitors make the short trek to Ennis annually to view this wonderful wildflower show.

The Ennis Garden Club drives the trails each week in April to check the bloom status. They then report to the Ennis Welcome Center so that visitors can be well informed where the best flowers are on the trails at the time of their visit.

In Ennis, the bluebonnets typically peak around the 3rd week of April. This can vary year to year due to weather conditions and terrain, so please check the Bluebonnet Trails website or call 972-878-4748 before your visit.

You can also follow Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival and Visit Ennis, Texas on Facebook for bloom status updates.

If you are unfamiliar with the locations of the individual bluebonnet trails, the Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail includes maps and recommendations.

After you get home from Ennis, please send your best pictures (maximum of five) to for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.


March 2021 - Scavenger Hunt in Dallas Heritage Village

This month's DIY Photo Excursion will be to Dallas Heritage Village to take a walk through the history of Dallas in conjunction with the Dallas Camera Club.

In addition, the DCC is holding a scavenger hunt that you may participate in. Photography is welcome at Heritage Village but you may not use flash in any of the buildings.

Dates: March 1 – March 14
Location: Dallas Heritage Village - 1515 South Harwood, Dallas
Time: Open 10 AM to 4 PM daily and 6 PM to 9 PM Thursdays
Admission: $10 adults / $8 seniors 65+ / $6 ages 5 – 12. Admission is free to members.

Scavenger Hunt: The subject for the hunt is H I S T O R Y. If you wish to participate, please submit your seven (7) JPEG images resized to 1920 (w) x 1280 (h) to Larry Petterborg ( as email attachments by the end of March 2021. You may include your name on your photos.

Each submitted image file must be identified by the respective club, scavenger hunt subject and maker (e.g., DCC-red-LPetterborg.jpg). Those of you that are members of both clubs should use “DCC/PPC”.

H Hallway
I Iron Implement
S Sign
T Table
O Old
R Red
Y Your choice - choose anything you want


February 2021 - Dallas Arboretum

Our first DIY Photo Excursion will be to the Dallas Arboretum from February 20 - March 13, 2021. That start date coincides with the beginning of Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest.;

This year's Blooms theme is "America the Beautiful," and the festival will showcase an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

If you plan to attend, get your tickets early, as the event is almost certain to sell out. You can reserve tickets at

Submitting Your Photos

Then, after you get home from each excursion send your best pictures (maximum of five) to for inclusion in a gallery to be posted on the club website.

Enjoy getting outdoors but do remember to stay safe and keep healthy.


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