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The Pocono Photo Club hosts various Shoot Outs and Workshops to get members out of their comfort zones, learn or improve upon particular skills and interact with fellow club members. Shoot Outs are free to all members and Workshops have a nominal fee.


Shoot Outs are informal “meet-ups” and are not an “official” club activity (such as our monthly meetings) organized by PPC. Participants assume any and all liability that might or may be connected with their participation in a Shoot Out.




April Shoot Out Event

Stroudsburg Fire Department

April 13th 2024
From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*Rescheduled from March 23rd

We had an excellent Shoot Out on Saturday.  We had free run of the Stroudsburg Boro Fire House under the watchful eye of "Mike".  Our thanks to Mike for his patience and helpfulness.  We understand that there are many "Mikes" on the SFD team, but this Mike set the example for the rest!

Stroudsburg Fire Dept.
700 Sarah St.
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Please share your best images from that wonderhouse of equipment and history.

Click here to share your captures
Stbg Fire Dept From Stbg Foto 1
GPS: N40.99 / W-75.20



Winery Shootout_Bottle on Table



SEPTEMBER 30th AT 9:00 A.M.

Our next shootout event will be at the Beautiful, Blue Ridge Winery.

We will have the opportunity to photograph this facility nestled in the Pocono Mountains.  
And maybe have a glass of wine or Two.

Also, on this date will be the third annual Blues festival from noon - 6:00 p.m.

About Blue Ridge

Nestled on top a hill overlooking the Vineyards the 17,000 SQFT wine tasting facility is state of the art. There’s a full wrap around deck so you can take in the entire vineyards and the rolling Pocono Mountains. You’ll enjoy wine tasting at beautifully crafted 36 wine bar. Relax with friends, enjoy a glass of wine, take in the scenery. Feel free to take walk in the vineyards.

Blue Ridge Winery

239 Blue Ridge Road

 Saylorsburg, PA

(610) 895-4205


Tripods and monopods are allowed.

Please email me if you are planing to attend.





Electric City Trolley Museum
Saturday, August 26th, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

Free Admission; donations appreciated.

300 Cliff Street
Scranton, PA 18503 

(570) 963-6590

 41.40962975725028, -75.67330077321942

Google Maps

This month’s Shoot Out will be held at the Electric City Trolly Museum in Scranton PA.  The Museum is filled with history, memorabilia and artifacts from Scranton’s glory days.  From tickets to trolleys, you’ll find a number of interesting items to photograph.  There is also a trolley ride available which winds its way through Scranton with a number of interesting stops to photograph from the trolley along the way (There is a fee for this activity but the museum is free).  Steamtown and The Electric City Aquarium are also nearby.  Flash, Mono and Tripods are allowed in the museum. 

Paradise Lavender Farm
This Sunday, July 16th, 2023
5:00 p.m.

Come and join us on a great opportunity to take some amazing photos at the 
Paradise Lavender Farm.
We will have access to the entire farm; including the fairy forest.
The cost is $5.00 per person.
Please RSVP so I can give them a head count. 
Hope to see everyone there!
Paradise Lavender


5801 Paradise Valley Road

Cresco, PA 18326

Google Map

*****We are a Go for the shoot out!****
May 6th, 2023. Is the 
Luna Parc Shoot Out

*****We are a Go for the shoot out!****
May 6th, 2023. Is the 
Luna Parc Shoot Out

Our Next shoot Out event will be at Luna Parc located in Sandystown N.J..
May 6th, 2023
at 10:00 a.m.

Luna Pak
41.25185194170588, -74.78691809148883
Saturday May 6th, 2023
10:00 a.m.
cost $40.00 ( pay at event)
Tripod/monopod outside only
no time limit

APRIL 22nd 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

😁This month we have an opportunity to photograph the Barrett Twp. Fire company in Cresco, Pa.  We will have the opportunity to take pictures for the multiple Fire trucks, different fire apparatus, safety gear, and so much more.   Also we will get to see a vintage 1934 Ford fire Truck.

Please come and join us for another great shoot Out event
There is no cost for this event, but donations to the fire company would be appreciated.

March Shoot Out!
Rail Gap Pocono Creek Hike
Saturday March 18th, 2023
at 10:00 a.m

Pocono Heritage Land Trust has invited us to a hike at the Rail Gap Nature Preserve (Brislin Road access).

The preserve has an interesting mix of nature as well as old artifacts like an old car and farm equipment, and old wooden water tower.

February Shootout
America On Wheels

Saturday, February 18th

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(Museum Opens At 10:00)

America on Wheels is an over-the-road transportation museum in Allentown Pa..

The 43,000 square feet museum offers over 23,000 square feet of exhibit space divided into three main galleries and several smaller exhibits. The museum houses rotating exhibits on the second floor. Also on the second floor is the HubCap Cafe, and a vehicle art gallery featuring the work of artists.

The museum's collection features over 75 bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks in exhibits telling the story of people and products on the move from the days of the carriage to the vehicles of tomorrow.

The museum also houses the archives of Mack Trucks.

As early as 1989, Allentown city officials had announced plans to revitalize an old industrial area, which included the abandoned Arbogast and Bastin meat packing plant, along the Leigh River. This redevelopment, which was to be known as "Lehigh Landing," was to include a museum, a brewery, walking trails, a footbridge across the river, and a promenade for festivals. Development was hindered by fundraising problems, environmental remediation issues, and even a national debate on pork barrel government spending. After three separate groundbreakings (2001, 2004 and 2005), the museum, which cost over $17 million to build, was officially opened to the public on April 12, 2008

Museum Location

5 North Front Street
Allentown, PA 18102

Google Maps

Second January Shoot Out Opportunity

2023 Annual Tobyhanna Millpond #1 Ice Harvest

Saturday, January 28th

Unfortunately, this is an either/or situation - both listed shoot out events are scheduled for the same day so take your pick:

From the event organizer's 2nd notice dated January 20th: 

The recent warm weather conditions have not been good for the ice crop. 

Even if we cannot cut ice at the 30th Annual Ice Harvest on January 28th, we welcome all visitors to come and hear about the ice harvest industry and see our extensive collection of ice harvesting tools and equipment. It’s a great opportunity for the family to enjoy the outdoors while learning about the local ice harvest history, and it’s free! 

Check the ice harvest hotline at 570-894-8205 for the latest information. 

Tobyhanna Mill Pond #1
2071 Lakeside Dr, Tobyhanna, PA 18466

Google Maps Location


December Shootout

Our next shootout will be at the:
Bethlehem Steel Stacks

We will get to enjoy the holiday season at the historic Bethlehem Steel Stacks.

The Stacks are lit up in the holiday spirit.

Also, if anyone is interested, we can visit downtown Bethlehem before or after and see the Christmas season throughout the town. There is the historic Bethlehem hotel, the Colonial industrial Quarter, Main Street attractions, and much more.

Date : December 17th at 4:00 p.m

Google Maps

Bethlehem Steel Stacks
101 Founders Way,
Bethlehem, PA 18015

40.615421908033305, -75.36816401722238

Meet at the entrance of the museum

If anyone wants to carpool, let me know and I will let the other members know.  
Let me know if anyone wants to before or after so I can let other members know.



Lets try to get one more shootout in this fall!

Saturday November 19th, 2022
9:00 a.m.

Trexler Nature Preserve

General Harry C. Trexler (1854-1933) contributed a great deal to the growth and quality of life in the Lehigh County.  General Trexler purchased 1,108 acres, in Lowhill and North Whitehall Townships to create a game preserve to protect bison, elk, and white-tailed deer.  In 1933, General Trexler gave the land to Lehigh County in his will and it became the Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve.

A century after the land was purchased, the Trexler Nature Preserve continues General Trexler’s legacy and vision.  A 2006 Master Site Plan outlined a vision to carry the preserve into its second century.  Lehigh County partnered with the Wildlands Conservancy, the Trexler Trust, the state and community groups to transform the Master Site Plan visions into reality.

Today, the Trexler Nature Preserve offers residents opportunities to explore and experience nature as General Trexler envisioned.  The hills offer spectacular views of the Lehigh Valley. Eighteen miles of trails offer wildlife observation, bird watching, hiking, walking, horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities for enthusiasts at all levels. The ADA trail provides access to the disabled and the Jordan Creek is a venue for fishing and picnics. 

Trexler Nature Preserve offers something for everyone!

Trexler Preserve

Once we park we will be along the Jordon Creek.  There are several nice hiking trails near by, most are easy to moderate.  The cover bridge trail take you to the Geiger Covered Bridge which is about 0.6 miles away.  Once Back at the parking lot, we can drive over the river and follow Elk Ridge Road through the park.  There are several great scenic pull offs and opportunities to see elk, buffalo, and other wildlife.
Take directions to the Leigh Valley Zoo.  Once at the zoo, turn hard right and follow to bottom of the hill.  Not sure of road name, however, follow the signs for Elk Ridge Trail or Covered Bridge Trails.  Just before the river, turn left onto Elk Ridge trail.  Parking is along the river.

40.654252, -75.624560

Lehigh Valley Zoo,
5150 Game Preserve Rd,
Schnecksville, PA 18078

Please RSVP to: 
Sam Prynda

cell 570-977-6714


Zimmermann Farm Estate Shootout
Saturday August 20th, 2022
10:00 A.M.
Join us for a great Day at this beautiful estate along the Delaware River. 

Zimmermann Farm, the historic farm estate of acclaimed artist and metalworker Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), sits perched above the wild and scenic Delaware River in the DEWA National Recreation Area. Built in 1912, the stone mansion of Marie’s design was the country getaway of the Brooklyn based Zimmermann family and eventually the full-time home of the artist and her partner Ruth Allen. Surrounded by forest, waterfalls & gardens and steeped in history, the 9-bedroom home is a private sanctuary now available for exclusive private events. Minutes from the charming village of Milford, the storybook Dingmans Bridge, and the area’s many hiking trails and waterfalls there is much to see and do both on and off the property.

Share Your Shootout Photos Here

July Shootout at PEEC

Hike theTwo Ponds Trail (1.4 miles)
Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 at the Welcome Center

Come out and join your fellow PPC members atPocono Environmental Education Center

The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is located within the 77,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is the education partner of the National Park Service in this area.PEEC offers six trails that vary in distance and difficulty. All trails are loops that begin and end on the PEEC Campus.

We will concentrate our time at Two Ponds Trail that is 1.4 mile, easy level trail. We will view towering pine plantations and scenic pond environments. We will watch for various bird and wildlife encounters along this trail. And did I say Mushrooms? Hopefully, we will have many Shroom encounters!
Club members will have the opportunity to be guided by a PEEC trail expert explaining about the wildlife environment. The event will happen on Saturday, July 23 and we will meet at 8:30 at the Welcome Center. Cost for the event will be $5.00 per member.

We highly recommend after the guided tour that members take advantage of one or more of the other 5 trails.
Fossil Trail- Pass a wetland area and descend into a beautiful, mature hardwood ravine.  After crossing a small stream, the trail climbs back up the ravine. Watch for the fossil outcrop sign.
Ridgeline Trail- a more difficult trail and only the experienced should try.Walk through expansive oak-hickory forests, shady hemlock ravines, and wetland areas.

Scenic Gorge Trail-Experience an open hardwood forest ecosystem & a dark, cool hemlock canopy along Spackman's Creek.
Tumbling Waters Trail-Enjoy the beautiful overlook of the Delaware Valley & the Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey, then take a series of switchbacks down to the waterfalls.Climb back up the switchbacks to continue on the main trail, which quickly ascends Killer Hill.
Peec Path

June/July Shoot Out Event

Fireworks show at 
Skytop Lodge

July 3rd, 2022 at 
6:00 pm

Come and join us for a night of fireworks at Skytop Lodge.  We will meet at 6:00 p.m at the front porch of the lodge.  We will be going over techniques on how to photograph fireworks to prepare us for the main event.  Fireworks begin at dusk (about 8:36 pm).
This event is open to the public with limited parking until 8:45pm. Parking is only $10 per car for non-resort guests.  Arrive early and enjoy live entertainment beginning at 6:30 pm. Concession stand items and cash bar available.

Happy 4th of July!!

For More Information:  SkyTop Event Website

Shoot Outs & Workshops

Google Map

Coordinates:  41.2285, -75.2389

Are You Coming? Please Let Us Know:  RSVP

Add your favorite shoot out images
here for recognition within the club!

May Shoot Out
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Jacobsburg State Park

Come out and join us for a beautiful hike along the Bushkill Creek.  There are several trails ranging from easy to  medium.  The trail paths are mainly wide and well maintained.  You can also see the Jacobsburg Historical Society Home and the Henry Gun Museum.  Hope to see you there!

Come and join us for a PPC Shootout in Jim Thorpe on

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Saturday, May 28th
9:00 a.m.


Add your favorite shoot out images here for recognition within the club!

Shoot Outs & Workshops 

Jacobsburg Environmental Park
432 Henry Rd, Nazareth, PA 18064


Coordinates:  40.7865, -75.2945

Scavenger Hunt 2022 Shoot Out!
Come and join us for a Scavenger Hunt Shootout in Jim Thorpe on
April 24th at 10:00 a.m.
Lets meet at the train station and spend the day getting photos for the upcoming Scavenger Hunt.

Scavenger Hunt 2022:


  1. A body of water
  2. Bokeh
  3. Gothic Architecture
  4. Rim Lighting
  5. Animals wild/domestic
  6. Black and White Landscape
  7. A table Set for One

Members may enter only one image per subject. They may enter a maximum of one image per all 7 subjects and a minimum of just one image in any single category. 

Photos must be taken from March 1stuntil the due date of May 26th. All images due by May 26th.

Post processing must be limited to black and white conversion and basic editing with your software of choice. You may remove SMALL distracting objects (dust spots).

No HDR, infrared, overlays, double exposure, photo stacking.

Label your photos with your initials and abbreviation of your club and number of category entry as a Jpg. File ex: jcs_pcc1 for Palmerton or jcs_ppc1 for Pocono.

Email your photos to your club’s scavenger hunt spokesperson:

The email for Pocono members is

or simply to the Dropbox link below.

The Judge this year is Ron Gower a long-time photographer for the Times News.


Scavenger Hunt 2022 Picture Upload Link

March Shoot Out Event - Rain Date
The Gouldsboro Train Station

Historical Train Station and Museum

Saturday, April 9th 2022
At 9:30

****New Date****
Rescheduled due to rain this upcoming weekend. 
April Shootout (March)
The Gouldsboro Train Station
Saturday April 9th at 9:30 a.m.
** Trains pass by between 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  and 2:30 - 3:30p.m. **

Gouldsboro, Lehigh Township In the very southwestern tip of Wayne County is a town once known as Sand Cut. During the 1840s and 1850s the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad built their line through the area and opened up a large tract of virgin hemlock. In 1856, twenty-year-old Jay Gould, infamous financier, built America's largest tannery here. This became the start of his vast fortune and the town was renamed Gouldsboro.

The DL&W constructed a train station. which carried freight from Hoboken to Buffalo, and ran passenger trains until 1950. The Lackawanna County Rail Authority is the present owner of this station, which in 1960 became part of the Erie Lackawanna and in 1970 part of the Conrail System.

Three years ago the Gouldsboro Area Foundation began to restore the very dilapidated building. The group of local citizens have replaced the station's roof, replaced sections of the Dutch wooden siding, and some of the vertical siding. They have, with the help of crews from the Wayne County Prison, repainted the old station in historically accurate colors, replaced over forty windows, and created replica gold lettered signs. Every detail has been carefully researched.

543 Main St, Gouldsboro, PA 18424

41.247871, -75.41216
Google Map Location

Questions? Contact: Sam Prynda (

Gouldsboro Train Station
Gouldsboro Train Station Museum

February Shoot Out
Bill's Old Bike Barn

Saturday, February 26, 2022

10:00 AM

There is a $5 Admission Fee
Please join us for our next Photo Club shoot Out We will be going to Bill’s Bike Barn in Bloomsburg Pa.  At Bill’s you will find everything from motorcycles, military items, toy models, and much much more!!

Bill's Old Bike Barn is FAR more than motorcycles.  In the BOBB, you will find appliances that you grew up with.  You will most probably see your first camera model in the "Camera Store".  Cars, toys, traditional shops and many, many unusual items.  See the link to Bill's Old Bike Barn below to get a better idea of this amazing place.  It is a drab metal prefab building on the outside and it is fantasy within!

One hour west of Stroudsburg just off of I-80 - see the Google Map link below.  IT IS WORTH THE DRIVE! 
Please RSVP to Sam Prynda, if attending

Bill's Old Bike Barn
7145 Columbia Blvd, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Google Map Location

February Theme(s) of the Month

Beginning in February, the club will be introducing new methods to feature our members and their photos, temporarily replacing “The Photographer of the Month.” To begin this process, we have selected a “Theme of the Month” concept. For February, the photographic themes chosen are “Hearts and Flowers,” and “Winter Landscapes.” You are encouraged to photograph any object that depicts the named themes. Be as creative as possible with your choice of objects to photograph, or in post processing; or simply photograph traditional heart and flower designs and typical winter outdoor scenes. 

Submit your entries, up to five photos, no later than February 8, 2022 to the drop box provided. Your photos will be featured at the February club meeting on Tuesday February 15, 2022. Let’s calm the cold winter month of February with all the beauty that winter scenes often provide, and warm our own hearts with the seasonal images you capture through your lens. 

Drop Off Your Photos Here

Due by February 8th

Happy Hunting!

Pocono Photo Club
January Shoot Out
2022 Tobyhanna Ice Harvest

Photograph by Hannable Parrish
Photograph by Ray Roper

Saturday, January 29th
Times To Be Announced

Tobyhanna Mill Pond #1
(location instructions below)

Note:  This event is very weather dependent.  To much snow or not enough ice will cause the event to be cancelled.  We will announce any changes to the status of this event as it is released.

Caution:  By the nature of this event, the area can be very slippery.  The event provided strap on ice cleats at the last event.  If you have crampons or other traction devices for your shoes, please take them with you.

Jan. 21st Facebook Update:  "Conditions are looking pretty good, friends. We will post a notice on Sunday after we check the ice, snow and weather conditions. If all is good, we'll harvest next Saturday, 1/29 from 9 am 'til about 2 pm. Check back in a couple days!"

Description From Scenic Wild Delaware River Website

The natural ice industry had been an important local industry around the turn of the last century. Tobyhanna Millpond #1 is one of the many lakes in the Poconos that were used for the ice industry. Before the days of electric refrigerators, iceboxes were common in households and they were cooled with a block of natural ice. Tobyhanna Millpond #1 was originally dammed for the logging industry in the 1850s and after the area was timbered off, the Pocono Mountain Ice Company built a 60,000-ton capacity icehouse near the lake in 1907. That icehouse was 500 feet long and 100 feet wide, made of hemlock lumber, and had sawdust in the walls for insulation. Ice was transported by railcars throughout the summer to New York City and Philadelphia, and the local iceman delivered a block of ice for household iceboxes. The original Tobyhanna Millpond #1 icehouse burned down in 1939.

There is also a restored Boston & Maine Boxcar, built by Western Steel and Foundry in 1908 near the icehouse. The wooden boxcar is painted to replicate an ice car that would have been used to ship the natural ice to New York and Philadelphia. Today, the boxcar is used to store the authentic equipment and memorabilia used by ice harvesters.

The ice harvest is organized by the family of the late Thelma and Bill Leonard Sr. from Tobyhanna and the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association. The event is held on the last Saturday in January each year and gets underway around 9:00 am and lasts until the icehouse is full, usually around 2 or 3 pm. The public is invited to come help cut ice, move the ice cakes to the icehouse, or see a demonstration of ice harvesting with the actual tools and equipment used at the turn of the century. Learn firsthand about the history of ice harvesting in the Poconos.

Event Resources:

Tobyhanna Ice Harvest 2019 Video

Ghost Town of Ice On the PA Road (WNEP Video)

Facebook Ice Harvest Pictures


2022 Ice Harvest Coverage (01-31-2022)

Volunteers brave fierce Pocono temperatures for return of the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest

After cancelations due to thin ice and COVID-19, the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest returned on Saturday.

Check out this story on

Event Address:  2063 Lakeside Dr, Tobyhanna, PA 18466

Google Map Location

Coordinates:  41.18182, -75.41251


November 16-30, 2021

"Just Leaf Autumn to Me"

Your virtual challenge in November is to find one leaf and take 3 to 5 shots of it.  Train your eye to see one of the more mundane subjects Autumn has to offer and look at it in a new and creative way.  Email your photos to Ann at for next month's newsletter and monthly meeting when you're done.


Pocono Photo Club

November Shoot out!


Jim Thorpe - Rails and Trails

Sunday November 14th 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come out and join us for the last fall hike of the year.  We will explore the old Jim Thorpe Train Tunnel, Several trail and bike bridges, The Lehigh River, Old Train station, and one of the old Lehigh River Locks.   There are also several hiking trails that you can explore

Hope to see you there!!


From the Stroudsburg area, take Rt 115 to Rt 903.  Follow Rt 903 towards Jim Thorpe.  Just before crossing the bridge, turn right onto West Front St./Main Street.  Go approx 3/4 of a mile and turn left onto D&L trail Road.  Park at the third parking lot on the right.  

Coordinates:  40.8815, -75.7628

Please contact me with any questions

Sam Prynda  570-977-6714

October Virtual Shoot Out

October's virtual shoot out features a b-O-naza of the letter that starts off the month. As always the way you approach this theme is up to you. You can go literal and find them in print, or you can be on the look-out for "organic" Os that pop up in nature. And how you present the final product is also up to you. Will you go for one that's straight out of the camera or have some fun and post-process it?

Once you've collected 3 to 5 shots mail them to Ann by November 5th at for November's meeting and slideshow.


Photo by Sam Prynda

The Bridges of Easton Canal Walk

Sunday, October 24, 2021
10 AM

Join Sam Prynda at one of his favorite photo sites along the Lehigh River on the Rails N trails in the beautiful town of Easton. There are several train and highway bridges, the old Easton Train station, the Canal Park, waterfalls on the Leigh, old Canal Locks, and the Rails n Trail itself.

The canal was part of an entire system which linked up with the Delaware Canal and Morris Canal giving boaters access to both Philadelphia and New York. Vital to the transport of anthracite coal and the rise of the anthracite iron industry, the Lehigh Canal was in full operation until 1932 and in partial operation for 10 more years until it was finally closed. It was restored in 1976. The trail which runs along the canal is an easy walk and the sites range from ruins of old industrial buildings to a few surprises from nature.

The trails are very easy, flat and wide. Hope to see everyone there!

Members will meet up at the:

Delaware Terminus, Delaware Canal Trail
Easton PA 18042

GPS Coordinates: 40.687833, -75.305035

Google Map Location

Contact Sam Prynda with any questions or cell 570-977-6714


September Shoot Outs

Rail Gap Nature Preserve Shoot Out

Saturday, September 9, 2021
9 AM

Join us for a walk through one of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust's newest properties.  The Rail Gap Nature Preserve is home to a beautiful natural trout stream, Hemlock groves and wetlands that support frogs, salamanders and more.  Matt Schultz of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust will be our guide pointing out both the natural wonders of this 61.5 acre preserve as well as some of the man-made points of interest like the remnants of the Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad which operated from 1893 all the way into the early 1930's.  It's a Shoot Out that promises to be a photographer's dream.   The Rail Gap Nature Preserve is located at 3555 Shafer's Schoolhouse Rd. in Stroudsburg, Pa. 18460.  Directions can be found here:

Virtual Shoot Out
September 1-30, 2021

What's Outside Your Window?

This month our virtual shoot out explores the world you see when you glance out the window.  It's up to you as to whether or not you'll include your window or step outside and take the shot from your window's vantage point.  What do you see as you look around?  It can be an object, a view, or a living creature- the choice is yours.  And so is the option of using post processing or taking the shot straight out of the camera.  So bring us on a photographic tour of your backyard or neighborhood.  We're looking forward to seeing what you see!

Send 3 to 5 of your favorite shots to Ann when you're done for the October newsletter and monthly slide show at our October meeting.

August Shoot Outs
It's Time for some FUN in the SUN!

Virtual Shoot Out
August 8-31, 2021

 The Colors of Summer

What colors say "Summer" to you?  Are they the bright bold colors of beach umbrellas or flip flops?  Are they the colors of the flowers blooming in your garden or the fluttering wings of a butterfly?  Are they the many shades of green found in leaves, grass and vegetable gardens? 

Summer is full of color no matter where you look so for this month's virtual shoot out, we're going to capture that color with our cameras.  As with all our virtual shoot outs, the time, date and subject matter are all in your hands.  Shoot to your heart's content and then select 3 to 5 photos to share with the club. 

Email your selections to Ann at by September 5, 2021 for the September meeting and newsletter. 

East Stroudsburg
150th Anniversary
Shoot Out

August 28, 2021
11 AM-2PM

The NJ Track Cars
are coming to
Dansbury Park and Depot!

Dansbury Depot is quiet today, but on August 28th the air will be filled with excitement when the NJ Track Cars pull into town.  They may look like a car, but they're designed to roll along the tracks just like a train.  It's not too often we see these unique vehicles come through East Stroudsburg so the opportunity to photograph them is special.  The track cars are expected to arrive around 11 AM and will stay for about an hour and a half.  Along with the "Track Train" there'll be an assortment of vendors selling their wares in the park and the Depot as well as the Old Tower will be open to public view.  Laurinda Faye's WWII exhibit will be up in the Depot as well as the PPC mobile display.  You'll also have a chance to check out the time capsule contents before they return to ground for another 50 years.  Mark your calendars now so that you don't miss out on this special day!



High Key Lighting
It's time to explore a new technique as our virtual Shoot Out returns this July.  High Key lighting can be used in a number of genres and on a wide variety of subjects.  Will you test it out on a landscape, a cup, or even a person?  Stretch your wings and let your creative juices flow.  High key images are those which have little or no shadow and are usually quite bright.  Summer is the perfect season to get outdoors and capture a scene using it.  Or if you prefer staying inside where it's cool, why not try it out on something indoors using a flashlight or ambient lighting that comes in through the window.  On a virtual Shoot Out all options are open!  Once you've captured a few pictures, send 3 to 5 of your favorites to Ann for the August newsletter and monthly meeting.

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

East Stroudsburg's 150th Anniversary

Dancing Through the Decades

Join us for a night of music and dancing that spans the ages in celebration of East Stroudsburg's 150th Anniversary. This Shoot Out will take place at the

Please note that the dancing event location HAS CHANGED AGAIN!

New Location: East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
Enter in the back of the church

Directly across from the Pocono Cinema

June 27th 

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We hope to see you there!

Ice Cream Social Shoot Out
Saturday, June 19, 2021
12-2 pm

Grab a chair, your camera and a spoon and join us for East Stroudsburg's 150th Anniversary Celebration Ice Cream social.  It promises to be an entertaining event with live music from the King, Elvis impersonator Kevin Macintire, and 150th Anniversary specialties by Jimmy's Ice Cream and Fruity Bowls.  Local artists and the Time Capsule contents will also be on display.  This shoot out will take place at the Dansbury Depot Stage next to the railroad tracks.

It'll be an afternoon of good old fashioned fun, great shots and did we mention the ice cream???!!!

Cresco Train Station Shoot Out


Please join us at the historic Cresco Train station for a day of going back into history!

The Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad first came through Cresco in 1851. The peak use of the Cresco Station can be categorized into two periods: the Freight Period from 1851 to circa 1900, and the Passenger Period from 1900 to the 1950’s. During the first period, goods such as hatchery fish, ice, railroad ties, railroad spikes, mining timber, and sprags were shipped. Hides were delivered by rail to the tanneries and sent to market as leather.
Passenger traffic peaked during the 1930's and 1940's when people from cities made the Poconos one of their desired tourist destinations. Later, with the increase in popularity of winter sports, tourism in the winter also began to rise. At its busiest, the Cresco Station witnessed over 1,000 passengers arriving in a single day.

Cresco Train Station

June 12th Saturday

from 10:00 - 1:00

142 Sand Spring Road, Cresco, PA 18326
GPS - 41o 9' 16'N, 75o 16' 54' W

Please RSVP

150th Anniversary Music On Mondays!

 | Published on 6/7/2021

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MUSIC ON MONDAYS is back for the Summer of 2021! Join us for the first show of the season!

Chris London is a guitarist songwriter and visual artist with a long established reputation for his ability, style, and feel. Residing in Northeast Pennsylvania, London’s roots sprang from British Blues and classic Americana. London’s reputation music has taken him from Beale St. to Bourbon St., and points in between, since 1973.

Chris London’s first release, The Chris London Band First American Album, Music Head Magazine said “A rock solid album, showcased by London’s fine guitar work, and his ability to turn a phrase”; Soundcheck magazine heralded the album as a future classic, “which takes the listener off the interstate of musical cliches and down old musical highways at dangerous speeds”, Gallery Of Sound ”By far one of the most eclectic and imaginative local releases in a long time”. And the legendary Cesar Diaz, who wrote the liner notes, states “Infectious. A great taste of London style blues, Chris and the boys take the blues, throw in some hot sauce and peppers and turn out totally nuclear chili!” Chris’s follow up release, Night Out, was noted forits “expert songwriting, funny with insight, "She Just Knows" is a masterpiece.” The title track has appeared as numerous times as theme music for commercials and internet radio.

Chris London has played regularly with The Friar’s Point Band, since 2006. As the primary songwriter, Chris and the band released several albums of blues-rock originals, including “to The Point”, “Live at Sun Studios”, and “Lust”, a conceptual collection of London’s blues originals, which won the LVBN best blues album. Their 19 song original release “At This Point”, received rave reviews. The Morning Call saying “The vox are powerful and hold the listener hostage. The solos kick royal A**! I give this my highest rating, a FORCE 5!”

2020 saw London releasing 2 albums, The Bonswaado Brothers “Ain’t Got No Time”, and Chris London Songs and Guitar, 12 concept lyric videos supporting 25 years of The First American Album, and several video singles supporting Songs And Guitar. In addition to the music, London produces the videos and album art. All can be viewed at, YouTube and Facebook.

Chris London’s rock and roll quest enters its six decade, performing throughout the Northeast PA region by himself or with someone else, or with The Chris London Band, or with Friar’s Point Band.

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East Stroudsburg 150th Year Celebration

Our club has been asked to give photographic coverage to the EastBurg celebrations.  We'll be joining the celebration with a series of themed Shoot Outs.  

Come out to the Levee to enjoy fresh air, nature and photograph the participants of this event in the continuing PPC photographic coverage of East Stroudsburg's 150th Anniversary Celebration.


  East Stroudsburg 150th Year Celebration Shoot Out

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Festivities begin at 11 AM at Veteran's Park
with a Patriotic commemoration.

The park is located just east of Veteran's Bridge which
separates Stroudsburg from East Stroudsburg.

The Celebration continues with an
Opening Ceremony at Dansbury Depot
just north of Crystal Street at 12 PM.

Contents of the 50 year time capsule will be on display along
with actors in period costumes, speakers and dignitaries.
There'll be plenty of food and goodies on hand as well!

Let's show E-burg
how PPC gives back!

Pictures taken at this Shoot Out and others throughout
the summer will be in a retrospective exhibit in November.
Details to follow.

You can read more about this exciting event below:

A major milestone is finally being commemorated in East Stroudsburg!

The borough’s 150th anniversary was postponed last year because of the pandemic. But organizers hope to use what was learned to honor their history.  150th East Stroudsburg Sesquicentennial Committee Cochair Maury Molin says, "The theme is being flexible and tolerant, and bringing unity to bring this all together.  We’ve planned a "150th+1 celebration" to make sure the borough being incorporated in 1870 receives the recognition it deserves."

Molin continues, "That’s the reason why we want to celebrate it. I think it’s a time people are looking for something to do. We want to acknowledge the past, look at the present and look to the future."

The celebration kicks off on May 29th at 11am with a Memorial Day service at Veterans Park. Festivities will then move to the Dansbury Depot at noon for an opening ceremony which will feature revealing the contents of the time capsule buried in front of Borough Hall in 1970, various speakers and dignitaries, a Victorian Couple doing a skit, and 150th Anniversary cookies.

Events continue through October building on the theme of 150 + 1.  Molin relates, "When we reseal the new capsule, will be the 150th+1 day,"  and concludes with this mathematical thought, “Give 150 seconds to 150 minutes and 150 days as you celebrate the sesquicentennial this year."

Local businesses are also putting their own twist on the theme.  Jimmy’s Ice Cream presenting a 150th flavor and Pocono Cinema holding a 150th movie series.  Pocono Cinema President Courtney Tolino says, "We’re doing movies through the ages starting with 'It's a Mad, Mad World' from the 60s and then moving on to each decade thereafter.  The 70's blockbuster 'Jaws' will be the second feature.  The movies will show once a month at a reduced cost. After such an uncertain year, we’re told this celebration is exactly what’s needed."

Tolino continues, "We’re really excited, not just to partner with East Stroudsburg in celebrating the 150th anniversary, but because that’s something we’ve always done with different organizations.  We're glad to see people coming back out into the community."

For more information on what has been planned for the entire year, go to East Stroudsburg Borough’s website and click the "150th Anniversary Celebration" link.


Pocono Photo Club East Stroudsburg 150th Anniversary
Shoot Out Series

PPC has been recognized as an organization that gives back and likes to encourage our community at large with the photos we take, so it was no surprise when the planners of East Stroudsburg's 150th celebration reached out to see if we'd help them record the year's events.  To that end the Executive Committee decided to incorporate our Shoot Outs with the events planned in the coming months.

Have you been looking for opportunities to explore photojournalism, street  or portrait photography?  Maybe you've thought about exploring  human Interest or classic car photos?
This is your chance to expand your horizons and have a good time too!  Most events will be held outdoors with plenty of space.  We'll keep you informed on details as the events take place.

Coming in November ~ PPC's own show at the Pocono Cinema featuring our photos from the 150th celebration year.  More details to follow.


Stay Tuned For More Scheduled & Suggested Shoot Out Opportunities!

This site will be updated regularly to show the up-coming shooting opportunities

Van Campen Inn

Shoot out at Van Campen Inn
May 8, 2021 - 2 PM to 4 PM

Van Campen Inn is in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey side of the park. 

The Inn (or more accurately the old "yaugh" house (look it up: is located on Old Mine Road (great history here) right next to the Old Military Road (yet more history).  The Inn is maintained by the Walpack Historical Society and would have a docent on duty in the Inn but for the pandemic.  But hopefully soon.  But we cannot go in while we are there this time.  The Inn is a beautiful stone house dating back to the 1740's. Nearby is the Military Road Trail and the Shapanack Cemetery, which date back to the 1700's as well. The area of the river is known as the Shapanack Flats.

There is parking for 5 or 6 cars before you will have to park up the road a bit, so for the area there is parking, but it is limited.

I will have a homemade map of the area for those who want to explore further this area, too.  You should be able to find some Scavenger Hunt shots and some Friends of DWGNRA calendar contest shots!  

Warning: Old Mine Road is narrow and gravel at this point, and it will take quite a bit of time getting there.  Also, it is tick season, so bring your bug spray.  The cemeteries (there are actually 3 in the area) do require some hiking as does the Military Road Trail if you take it all the way to Walpack Center (uphill both ways). But the area is beautiful and pretty undisturbed, so beware of bears and other animals. 

So if you are ready for the adventure, here's how you get there.  I do not suggest coming up Old Mine Road from I-80 or even up route 94 in New Jersey unless you live there. 
- Take US 209 to the Dingman's Ferry Bridge into New Jersey.

- Watch for a road to the right soon after crossing the bridge, it will be marked with a sign for Peters Valley ->, take that road.  It is a very sharp right.

- Follow the road all the way to Peters Valley, do not turn on the dirt/gravel Old Mine Rd just yet, as it will not go through (private property has closed a section).

- At Peters Valley turn right onto Kuhn Rd (street sign is posted) and take that to the end.

- It ends at Old Mine Road again, turn left.  And go until you find the Van Campen Inn. It's very slow going here.

Van Campen Inn is only 6 or 7 miles from Dingmans Ferry, but it will take you 20-30 minutes, especially when you don't know the roads.  If you come north from Blairstown or up Old Mine Road from I-80, you will go past Millbrook Village to the north and turn left at the T-intersection after crossing a decent size river (Flat Brook).  Google maps will give good directions, too.  Just put in Van Campen Inn (Old Mine Road, Layton, NJ).

I hope to see you there!!

Google Map Location

Coordinates:  41.164739432651736, -74.89212073776949

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April Club Shoot Out!
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Sunday April 25th
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please come and join us at our next photo club shoot out event.

We can take photos all around this beautiful resort. Tripods and Monopods are allowed.

Arrangements can be made for golf carts
for the golf course.

The Shawnee Inn
100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee on Delaware,
Pennsylvania 18356

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April Shoot Out/Shoot In

Photo by John Anzivino

A Shoot In that Spans the Country is on the Calendar!


           It’s time to do some photo-sharing again!  Last month we went on a Virtual Shoot Out entitled “Main Street in March” with the Shutterbugs of Roseville, California. 

Now it’s time to take a look and see how all those pictures turned out.  We’ll be meeting up on Zoom on with our California friends at a date/time to be announced.  Prior to the meeting we’ll upload 1 to 3 of our Main Street pictures to a Dropbox link which will be provided in the near future.  When your pictures come up during the meeting you’ll have an opportunity to share what drew you to take the shot, how it depicts Main Street to you, or any other aspect of the picture you’d like to share. 

The Shutterbugs will also be sharing their shots with us.  Like PPC the club is made up of photographers whose skills range from none to professional.  Most of the members have joined so that they can learn more about their cameras and improve their photographic skills.       

It’s going to be interesting to compare our photos and approaches from a bicoastal point of view.  Watch your emails for the link to this meeting as the date draws closer

March Shoot Out

Main Street in March

Our Shoot Out this month is both virtual and on-site!  It's also bi-coastal!  We're teaming up with the Shutterbug Camera Club of Roseville, California, taking shots or our "Main Streets" and comparing the outcomes.  Roseville is heading into Spring while we're still finishing up Winter so it should be interesting to see the differences. 

PPC members also have the option of participating in our usual "virtual" format (the date and time is up to you), but the picture must be of a "Main Street, USA" (you can drive through Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg or the main street of any town and take pictures from your car or you can use a shot from your archives if you can't get out and about)
they can meet-up with Ann at Stroudsburg Foto on March 6, 2021 at 2 pm and walk up and down Main Street in search of a photo that shows our West Coast friends what Stroudsburg is like.

At the end of the month we'll collect all the photos and share them at our respective meetings.  Once you've taken your Main Street photos, email 3-5 of them to Ann at


This Talk is For the Birds!
No, actually it's about the birds- how to capture them, the best equipment and a few tips from one of the club's best bird photographers!
Join Terry Flatt and learn how he gets some of the images you've seen him display at our exhibits and in the newsletter.  There'll be time for Q & A and also an opportunity for you to share ONE of your most recent shots.  (Bird or nature photography preferred but not a requirement.)

6:45 pm
Wednesday March 10, 2021
Watch your email for the Zoom link and be like those
birds of a feather who flock together but from the safety of your
own home!

February Shoot Outs

The Covid virus has certainly limited the types of indoor Shoot Outs we can hold.  The winter weather makes outdoor Shoot Outs a little “iffy”.  So, we’re shifting Shoot Out gears this month and going indoors- but not together in the same place!  Winter also tends to be a time when our creative juices slow down.  Our “pho-jo” becomes a “no-go”.  How do you combat the winter slump?  Our Shoot Out/Shoot In is designed to help you jump-start your creativity.  Join Ann on Feb. 12th at 7 pm for an informal chat on rekindling your creativity.  After the discussion we’ll take some time to show a current picture with fellow members (like snow shots from our recent storm) before closing out the evening.  A Zoom link with further instructions will be sent out to the membership prior to the Shoot In.  Want a head start?  Check out Ann’s article on 3 Ways to Jump-start Your Creativity in the How To Info Sheets of the Documents page on our website and try one of the suggestions she makes there.

Virtual Shoot Out

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

One of our favorite speakers, John Barclay, has often said during his presentations, “Photograph what makes your heart sing!”  And this month’s virtual theme will challenge you to do just that.  Our virtual shoot out themes are meant to be broad and open so that you have the freedom to pick and choose, when, where and what you’ll capture with your camera and how to interpret the theme as well.  Keep your eyes open this month for images that truly speak to your heart.  Will it be a loved one?  Will it be a beautiful landscape?  Or will it be something that sits on a table in your home that you’ve treasured for a long time?  When you see it, take a shot!  Post processing or sooc is up to you.  Do you need a special day to set aside as a reminder?  February 20th will be Ann’s “Heart Day” and you can join her virtually in search of something that makes your heart sing.  Once you’ve taken your pictures send 1-5 images to Ann for our monthly meeting and newsletter:


Virtual Shoot Out
Theme: Winter

For those of you who are still staying close to home we now offer a "safe haven" shoot out to keep you "snapping".  Our virtual Shoot Outs are designed to keep you safe and healthy at a comfort level that's best for you and we hope you'll join in the fun.   While the weather in winter can range from sunny almost bearable temperatures to frost and blizzards our virtual shoot this month is designed to explore those variations and capture them in our cameras.  This month you can take your time and shoot whenever you want or you can opt to "join" Ann on a specific day and take pictures then.

As with all our virtual Shoot Outs, y
ou have the option to choose the day/s, the location, the subject and whether or not you'll post-process your shot.  Then...  Share your photos with the club!  Email 1-5 shots to Ann at for the newsletter and monthly meeting slideshow.

Need a specific date so that you can remember to participate?  Join Ann on January 9th as she takes her camera out to answer the question, "What does winter look like in my backyard?" and do the same in yours.


 PPC returns to Bill's Old Bike Barn and Museum!

3 PM

We enjoyed photographing Bill's massive collection of Americana items, vintage motorcycles, classic cars, and wooden carousel so much last year we decided to return!  The museum is HUGE!  So there's plenty of room to wander and photograph without being on top of one another.

The cost for this session is $10

(A tip from Bob Hare:  the museum tends to be on the darker side for lighting.  Tripods are allowed and he also recommends having a small light source such as a flashlight handy to help brighten up your subject when you want just a little more exposure.)

Directions to Bill's museum are fairly simple: 

Bill's Old Bike Barn is located at 7145 Rt. 11 (Columbia Blvd.), Bloomsburg Pa. 17815. Take Rt. 80 West to exit 241.  Entrance to the museum is next to Bill's Cycle Shop on Rt. 11, just minutes off the highway.  The museum is behind the Bike Shop.  According to Google it takes 1 hour and 17 minutes to get there.

This Shoot Out promises to be a lot of fun- so don't miss out!

Shoot Out at Skytop Lodge

Date:  December 13, 2020
Time:  3 pm

‘Tis the season to get out and enjoy the holiday lights!  Join us at Skytop Lodge to photograph beautiful holiday decorations which include a life-size gingerbread house!  As the sun goes down and the lights come on we’ll have ample opportunity to capture the holiday spirit with our cameras. 

Please keep in mind since we’ll be indoors, masks and proper spacing will be observed.  Skytop Lodge is located at One Skytop Lodge Rd. in Skytop, PA. 18357.   (We are checking on whether or not tripods will be allowed.)

Virtual Shoot Out
December 19, 2020

Theme:  Holiday Lights

There's no shortage of lights to choose from in December.  With a number of holidays where lights are the central part of the celebration it'll be easy to come up with the subject matter for this month's virtual Shoot Out.

 You can take your pictures indoors or outdoors, natural or artificial, at any time of the day and wherever you find yourself.  Send 1-5 of your favorites to Ann when you're done:  She'll include them in our newsletter and monthly meetings for other members to see and enjoy!

Virtual Shoot Out
November 21, 2020

Theme:  What are you thankful for?

With family gatherings and turkey dinner just a few days away it's time to turn our cameras on the things we are thankful for.  As with all our virtual shoot outs what you shoot, when you shoot, where you shoot and how you finish your picture is up to you.  And so is how you interpret the theme.  So take some time to photograph the things you're thankful for today.  As photographers we have a lot to choose from!  When you're done, mail up to 5 shots to Ann at for our newsletter and monthly meeting slide show.  Our members really enjoy seeing each others' work- another thing to be thankful for!

Special Workshop!

The Well-Equipped
Macro Photographer
Mike Moats

Mike Moats is an international and award winning full time pro macro photographer from Michigan. As a Tamron Image Master he has had his articles and images published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  His Macro Photo Club online has over 2,000 members, from 18 countries.  Mike also teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.


PPC is in for a treat on November 14 when Mike discusses the ins and outs of being a properly equipped macro photographer.  It’s not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography. Mike will cover the most important equipment for macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.  Log in information for this Zoom presentation will be sent out to the membership just prior to the webinar date.  Mark your calendars now and keep your eyes on your inbox so you don’t miss this special opportunity.


Saturday, November 14, 2020
2 PM


PPC Returns to the Pohoqualine Fish Association

Photo by Ray Roper

The Pohoqualine Fish Association property is one of the oldest fishing clubs in Monroe County.  PPC explored one of its public trails in August.  In November we’ll return to this beautiful area with its dense forest where McMichael’s Creek winds its way through Rhododendron bushes and deciduous trees but this time we will be gaining access to the area which is privately owned by the Pocono Heritage Land Trust.  Access to this portion of the area is not open to the public, so if you enjoy landscape, wildlife or any other type of nature photography, you won’t want to miss this. 

Time: 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

Directions to meet-up location: 

We will be meeting up at the McMichaels Creek Camp Alice Picnic Area which is located on Rt. 715 off Rt. 209 North of Brodheadsville between the WaWa traffic light and McIllhaney where the PFA Clubhouse is located (Lat./Long. coordinates are 40°56’06” N / 75°23’31” W).  The McMichaels Creek meeting site driveway is on the right side of Rt. 715 N and will be marked with several orange traffic cones across from the Chestnut Hill Municipal Township Building and Idelwood Dr.  (If you miss this driveway you will pass over a new bridge crossing McMichaels Creek.  When you come to Cottontail Lane, turn around and back track.)  If you need help finding us call Don Miller on his cell: 570-656-7610.   See Google photos below for visual references.


Virtual Shoot Out

October 17, 2020


Theme: Fall Colors



Photo by Maurie Harmon


Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Poconos so we're taking advantage of it with our virtual Shoot Out this month. You don't have to go far to see Autumn at its best. Whether you walk around your backyard, down the street, or take a hike on a trail, you'll find colors galore right in front of your camera. And don't forget you're not limited to finding those colors outdoors- some might be right inside your front door! So pick a location, choose the time and subject and snap away! Send 3 to 4 of your favorite shots to Ann ( when you're done. Post-processing is up to you.




Shoot Out... Doors in October!



Sunday, October 11, 2020

10 AM


312 Woodland Rd., Mt. Pocono, Pa. 18344


 The Woodland Trail is an initiative by Mt. Airy Resort and Casino in partnership with Paradise Township Environmental Advisitory Council and Monroe County for the residents and tourists of the Pocono Mountains. The 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail takes you through a nice forest setting and follows a lovely stream. It's a great location to enjoy and capture the beautiful Fall colors of the Poconos. Join us for some fun in the Autumn sun on this month's Shoot Out.


Woodland Trail is located just across from the turn to go to the casino's main entrance on Rt. 611 N in Paradise Township/Mt. Pocono.






Minsi Lake Shoot Out

Sunday, September 13, 2020
3-5 pm

Minsi Lake is the largest lake in Northampton County.  The 311 acre park surrounding the lake includes extensive woodlands and wetlands and the largest concentration of vernal pools in Pennsylvania.  The Lake had been drained for two years to rebuild the earthen dam.  Refilling began in late 2019 and is still in progress.  Much of the lake more resembles wetlands currently. 

PPC will meet up at the west shore parking lot before heading out on one of two trails.  The Lake Trail is about two miles long and runs through the woods around the north side of the lake, connecting the east and west shore parking lots.  The Dam Trail is paved and a little over one and a half miles long and travels through the west shore picnic area coming to an end at the spillway at the east end of the dam.  Recent restoration work on the dam is making a positive impact on the environment.  From wildlife to landscapes there’ll be plenty to photograph here.  Neither trail is difficult but the Lake Trail could be wet and muddy so dress accordingly. 

Directions from the Stroudsburg area: take Rt. 191 south to Fox Gap Rd. on the left.  Turn left and follow Fox Gap Rd. to Quaker Plain Rd.  Turn left on to Quaker Plain Rd. (T726), then right on to Blue Mountain Dr. (T707).  Turn left on to Lake Minsi Dr. (T797). 

GPS Coordinates: Lat. 40.912380, Long. -75.178502 

Google Map Location (annotated)


For further information visit:

Northampton County Minsi Website

or contact Bob Hare at

See Minsi Lake Member Slideshow

We look forward to seeing you!

Photo by Ray Roper


September 5, 2020

Theme:  Point of View

            Our next Virtual Shoot Out will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2020.  The theme this month will be Point of View.  It’s easy to get used to photographing our subjects from the same position every time we pick up the camera.  This month we’ll challenge ourselves to shoot from a new angle or a different level.  The subject choice, time you take the photo, where you take the photo and whether or not you post process the shot is all in your creative hands.  Be sure to share 1 to 3 of your photographs with the club via the newsletter and monthly slide show by emailing them to Ann at

We look forward to seeing what new views you discovered this time out!


AUGUST 22, 2020


Hypsie Gap Rd.
Stroudsburg (Long Pond) PA.

Billed as one of, if not the oldest fishing club in Monroe County, the Pohoqualine Fish Association has now become a part of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust.  PPC will enjoy its second outdoor Shoot Out this year on this interesting property which now has almost 800 acres of land and a good portion of McMichael’s Creek protected through a conservation easement.  The Shoot Out will take place on August 22, 2020.  Our guide for the afternoon will be Matt Schultz of the PHLT and he’ll walk us through trails that wind through beautiful woods and alongside the headwaters of the fish association. 

The Pohoqualine Fish Association is located on Hypsie Gap Road, Long Pond/Stroudsburg PA., 18360 approximately 20 miles away from the Outlets in Tannersville in a densely wooded area. 

Coordinates for the parking area are 41.002530, -75.410309. 

Printed directions from Google Maps say to take Rt. 80 to Rt. 715 S.  Turn right on to Possinger Dr., slight right on to Mountain Rd., straight on to Price Dr., right on to Jackson Rd., straight on to Rosebay Rd., and straight on to Hypsie Gap Rd. (#633).

Google Map Location


Extended Virtual Shoot Out
August 8-15, 2020

You choose the time,
You choose the location.

Theme:  Circles

This week circles will take center stage in our photographs.  Whether you find them in nature, in your home, as one solitary circle or a whole bunch of them, circles are a fun shape to feature in your shot.  The choice is also yours as to whether or not you'll post-process your picture or not.  So grab your cameras on this week and be on the lookout for circle shots.  Send 1-3 photos to Ann for our newsletter and monthly meeting.  It's been fun to see all the different ways we can see a single topic.


Virtual Shoot Out

Monochrome photos are typically thought of as either black and white or sepia.  But this month we'll put a patriotic twist on the genre and choose one of the colors in our flag as our inspiration.  It's up to you as to the time of day you shoot your picture, the color you'll use and whether or not to enhance it in post processing.  You can do one picture or several- again the choice is yours.  Let's see how you feature one color as the central theme of your picture.  Send your shots to Ann at for it to be included in the newsletter, on the website and in a slide show at our August meeting.

It's Time!
To get back to nature...

July 25, 2020
3 to 5 pm

Monroe County moved into the Green Zone on June 19, 2020 opening the way for PPC to resume outdoor gatherings which maintain safe distancing.  Plans are in the works for an outdoor Shoot Out on July 25, 2020 at spacious Rolling Hills Farm.  The garlic harvest will be in full swing and there maybe some blueberries on the bush.  There'll be plenty of room for us to spread out and photograph the crops, the pond and the barns.  We're looking forward to seeing everyone again!!  Rolling Hills Farm is located at 920 Meixsell Valley Rd. in Saylorsburg, Pa.  Take 209 South toward Lehighton.  Turn left onto Wilkes Barre Tpk. then right onto Miexell Valley Rd.   #920 will be on your left.

June Shoot Out

June 13, 2020

This month's virtual Shoot Out draws its inspiration from the floral world.  Whether they're natural, silk or decorative, flowers bring beauty into our lives.  They can be a visual breath of fresh air during a lock down.  What kind of flowers will inspire a photo from you?

You can take your floral shots at any time during the day on June 13th- the time and type of flower is determined by you.  You can also choose to process your shots or leave them as is- that's the beauty of a virtual shoot out- there's no limitations to your creativity!

When you're satisfied with 1 to 3 of your pictures send them to:

Your pictures will be featured in the July newsletter and at the end of our virtual meeting.  We look forward to seeing what flowers inspired you!

May Shoot Out
The Junk Drawer!

May 16, 2020
You choose the time!

As mobility restrictions placed on us by the pandemic continue, our virtual shoot outs will also continue.  Last month's virtual Shoot Out was an opportunity to see your environment from a new perspective.  This month we're getting a little personal!

Everyone has one- you know what we're talking about- that one drawer where you toss all those little doo-dads you don't want to throw out just yet...  Well, this is their month to shine!  Keep them in the drawer, take them out of the drawer, take a shot of all of them or maybe one or two.  Photographer Morley Baer says you can transform an ordinary object by photographing it, so this month we'll prove his statement to be true!

Once you've captured 1 to 3 shots you're satisfied with you have the option of sending them in as is, or processing them in whatever way you choose.  Just like the time you take the shot, the processing is up to you.  When you're ready to share your photos send them  to Ann at  We'll post the Shoot Out results in next month's newsletter and show them as a slide show during the June meeting. 

So show us what inspires you from "the Junk Drawer"!


April 18, 2020

A Virtual Shoot Out Adventure

Social distancing can’t stop PPC from a monthly Shoot Out.  We’ve come up with a creative way to share a shot with your fellow members while staying in your “safe haven”.   We're taking this month's Shoot Out into the virtual realm!

Based on the World Wide Photo Minute which takes place every year on March 15
th at 6:47 pm, we’ll set aside April 18th as the date we pick up the camera and capture whatever we see before us.  There is no specific time set though so that you can shoot whenever it fits your schedule on that day.  And to add a little fun into the mix, we’ll combine our Shoot Out with a game called “From Where I Stand” which involves grabbing your camera and taking 10 to 40 steps in a direction of your choice (depending on how much space you have).  You can take your picture indoors or outdoors- it’s up to you. 

Pick a spot to start from then take the 10-40 steps in one direction.  Now take a shot of what you see.  Some folks like to include their feet in the shot; others prefer to look straight ahead and shoot the scenery, the people, or their pets- whatever is in front of their camera.  Once you’ve taken your shot you can either upload it directly (sooc) or process your photo then send it to Ann at again the choice is yours.  Ann will collect the pictures and put them in next month’s newsletter so that everyone can see all the places we went on our virtual Shoot Out.  We will also be featuring the pictures on our website and in a slide show during our May meeting.  We’re hoping a lot of you join in!


March Shoot Out

Dutch Hill Preserves
Maple Syrup Open House

Saturday, March 14, 2020
10 AM

Shoot outs are informal gatherings and not an official PPC activity like our monthly meetings.  We respect a member's choice to either participate or refrain from participating while the Corona virus is being addressed in the public and international sector.  Please take the advice of healthcare and public service officials and make your choice accordingly.

There'll be plenty of sweet photo opportunities at Dutch Hill's annual open house.  You'll be able to tour the tapping lines in the woods (shoes that are good for muddy conditions are highly recommended), photograph a working sugar house, see demonstrations on "how it used to be done", capture vignettes of tools and product, as well sample some of that syrupy sweetness too!  Dutch Hill Preserves is located at 344 Dutch Hill Rd., Canadensis, PA. 18325.  For more information and directions visit the Dutch Hill Preserves website at:

Image from "Dutch Hill Preserves Shoot-out" by Richard Nelson

The American Ribbon Factory

Saturday, February 15, 2020
1-4 PM

Most of us are familiar with the ground floor of this historical building for its arts and crafts materials but many do not know that there is a small amount of production still taking place on its upper level.  PPC has been invited for a very special shoot out of the machinery and ribbons.  While the factory will not be in operation on Saturday, many of the machines are set up with colorful thread, ready to resume production on Monday. 

 Previous Pictures



Contact Bob Hare at

925 Ann St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Google Map Location

Castle Inn

February Shoot Outs

The Historic Castle Inn
20 Delaware Ave.
Delaware Water Gap, PA. 18327

February 8, 2020
  9 AM


Built in the era of the Titanic and Henry Ford's Model T the Castle Inn was the last of the great resorts to be established in the Delaware Water Gap borough which saw over 500,000 visitors per year at the turn of the 20th century.  PPC will be given access to wander through parts of the Inn which are not normally open to the public.  We'll meet in the shopping area between Zoe's Ice Cream and Donna McCartney's frame shop then head off into rooms where we'll have plenty of time to photograph some of the collectibles, antiques and beautiful architecture.



The Annual Ice Harvest at Millbrook Pond

Ice Harvest by Bob Hare

The Tobyhanna Millpond Ice Harvest will be held on Saturday January 25, 2020. Sawing the ice starts around 9:00 am and cutting continues until approximately 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to help cut ice, guide the ice cakes to the icehouse ramp, or just enjoy watching.  PPC will be on hand to capture the events in our cameras for this month’s Shoot Out.  The event is organized by the Leonard/Saxe families with financial support from the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association.  For updates on the ice conditions you can call the Ice Harvest Hotline at 570-894-8205.  Millpond #1 is located at 646 Lakeside Dr., Tobyhanna, Pa.

PPC will meet at 9 AM with or without ice to photograph the museum and demonstration of ice harvesting.  Bundle up and grab your gear for some historic fun!


2020 WRAP-UP

With freezing rain, sleet, snow, and 30 mph winds on January 25, we were unable to harvest ice or even have a demonstration of tools and equipment!  We suspect that even the old timers, a century ago, would have spent the day working inside, tending to the ice harvesting tools and equipment. 

We did manage to harvest two cakes of 5” thick ice on Friday as we were preparing for the event.  Special thanks to the folks that came by and helped in the preparations and lay-out of the field for the harvest that didn’t happen.

Hopefully we’ll have better luck next year.    Mark your calendars for January 30, 2021.  We’ll send out a post about the harvest in late 2020.   Thank you for your interest in the history of the ice harvesting industry.  


The Tobyhanna Millpond #1 Ice Harvesters



Snowmen of Stroudsburg 2018-2

The Snowmen of Stroudsburg are have arrived!

And PPC plans to photograph them!
Saturday, December 14, 2019

10 AM

PPC is in search of Snowmen!!  We’re meeting up at Starbucks on Main Street in Stroudsburg on December 15, 2019 at 10 AM to wander the streets and find the Snowmen of Stroudsburg on display for the winter.  We’re not sure we’ll find all 30 of them, but we’ll have fun capturing those in the downtown area.  You can view a map and read more about more about this artistic event here:  Afterwards you’ll be able to vote on the website for your favorite snowman too.

Middle Smithfield Holiday Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 30, 2019
6 pm
Echo Lake Park, 209 North, Middle Smithfield
(Across from the Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church where you can also park)

Bundle up and get ready to welcome Santa at Middle Smithfield's annual holiday tree lighting festivities.  There'll be lights on the trees and fireworks above when Mr. and Mrs. Claus come to town.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to photograph wide-eyed children and some talented teens from our high schools who perform Christmas carols and holiday music.  Afterwards take some time to warm up in front of Ann's wood stove with some hot chocolate and cookies.  Ann's home is just a few minutes away from Echo Lake Park.
690 Clubhouse Dr., East Stroudsburg, PA. 18302
Please rsvp so we have enough goodies for everyone: Olivetreeann@mail. com or 570-588-3246

November Shoot Out
Bill's Old Bike Barn

photo by Bob Hare

Saturday, November 9, 2019
3-6 pm

Cost $10

In a wooded grove on the hill behind his parts shop, Bill Morris began to fulfill his life long dream and established Bill's Old Bike Barn in 1998. Years later he has collected close to 200 amazing vintage motorcycles in a 55,000 square ft building filled with some of the most extraordinary antiques from all around the world. The museum is in a constant state of evolution as new items and collections are added regularly. You'll be able to photograph classic vehicles such as the 1939 German Kattenkrad, 1913 Harley Silent Grey Fellow, and 1914 Triumph.  The museum is also home to vintage European carousel horses and Bill's 1939 New York Worlds Fair memorabilia.  A small village, "Billville", is constructed inside the building, complete with mock mansion, smoke shop, music store and our 1939 New York Worlds Fair Bar. From military displays, vintage riding clothing, thousands upon thousands of posters and pieces of memorabilia, from John Wayne to John Deere and everything in between, there is something for everyone to photograph at Bill's Old Bike Barn.

The museum will be open exclusively for PPC members to photograph at our leisure.  Tripods are allowed.  The cost of the session is $10 per person. 

Bill's Old Bike Barn is located at 7145 Rt. 11 (Columbia Blvd.), Bloomsburg Pa. 17815.  The directions are quite simple: Take Rt. 80 West to exit 241.  Entrance to the museum is next to Bill's Cycle Shop on Rt. 11, just minutes off the highway.  The museum is behind the Bike Shop.  According to Google it takes 1 hour and 17 minutes to get there.
Interested in car pooling?  Contact Ann ( or Bob (

This excursion promises to be a lot of fun- so don't miss out!

Bill's Old Bike Barn


Jonas Mountain Nature Preserve Vista
Jonas Mountain Nature Preserve

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
10 AM to 12 Noon

with Matt Schultz
PHLT Stewardship Manager

739 Rainbow Terrace
Effort, PA

Google Map Location

The Black Gum trees should be in full color promising some brilliant reds!

Light Writing with Pixel Sticks

Cancelled due to
inclement weather

Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:30 pm

Discover the exciting form of light writing with pixel sticks at this month's shoot out.  Professional photographer Nicole Hasidaris will be on hand to instruct and demonstrate the technique required to produce dynamic and exciting pictures with this creative light source.

COST: $15.00
LIMIT: 15 Photographers
Register at

At the Steele Home
6706 Cherry Valley Rd.
Stroudsburg, PA. 18360


World Wide Photo Walk
October 5, 2019

Stroudsburg PA

Join Us For the PhotoWalk of the Year

On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes, and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk™.

Last was our largest walk yet—and we are ready to top it! No matter what continent you are on, where you are in your photography journey, or what type of camera or phone you use, you can take part in this year’s event!

Continue below for the Stroudsburg PhotoWalk

The Stroudsburg
World Wide Photo Walk

Stroudsburg, PA

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

10:00am - 11:30am

Meet At Stroudsburg Photo Shop

724 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360

There is no charge, but registration at the link below is required.

Our photo walk will cover several blocks of Main Street Stroudsburg PA as well as the Farmer’s Market in Court House Square.  Stroudsburg has both modern and historic architecture, a variety of specialty shops and eateries as well as plenty of subjects on hand for some great street candids. 

My role as leader will be to point you in the right direction for the kind of photos you want to take or share a pointer or two on composition and share ideas for photographs if you need them.  I have a background in Fine Arts, write about the creative side of photography on my website (Images and Ink) and am currently First Vice President of the local photo club here. 

Wear layers and comfortable walking shoes- the mornings can be brisk in October.  Make sure you have plenty of quarters on hand for parking meters.

Ann LeFevre


August Shoot Out- August 24, 2019
Grey Towers ~ Milford, Pa.

10 AM
122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA. 18337

Take a stroll around the lovely grounds of Grey Towers, home to one of Pennsylvania's former governors and the first director of the U. S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, and you'll know why it became one of the first homes to be designated as a national historic site.  From the mansion which is patterned after a French chateau to the terraced gardens and water features there's a picture at every turn.  Tours are also available to take inside the mansion starting at 11 AM for a minimal cost of $10.  PPC will meet on the grounds at 10 AM.  Directions and more information are available at

All Aboard!

Trolley Museum
11 AM

Saturday, July 13, 2019

 Meet at the Lowe’s in Bartonsville at 9:30 AM
if you’d like to carpool 

Get ready for a delightful ride through some “local” history on July’s Shoot Out.  Ken Winham has picked the Electric Trolley Museum as our next destination and it looks like there’ll be plenty of great photo opportunities between the displays and actual trolleys. 

The museum is located on the Steamtown National Historic Site grounds in downtown Scranton.  Admission to the late 19th c. mill building which serves as the home for numerous interactive exhibits and displays is $6 for adults/$5 for seniors (62+).  But if you really want to participate in the full trolley experience the combo admission for the museum and a trolley ride is $10/$9 respectively.  The 45 minute ride covers 5 ½ miles over the Roaring Brook and through Scranton in a vintage trolley. 

So pack your cameras and a bag lunch and plan to meet at the Lowe’s in Bartonsville on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 9:30 AM if you’d like to carpool.  We should arrive at the Trolley Museum by 11 AM if you’d rather meet there. 

For more information about the museum visit:


Saturday, June 15, 2019
10 AM

Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, Zimmermann Farm was the family home of renowned metalsmith Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972).  The farm was purchased by her family in 1882 and their original farmhouse still stands.  A second home was built in the early 1900’s and Marie’s artistic acumen is evidenced in the Breton influenced Dutch Colonial style house.  A graduate of Pratt Institute, Marie’s abilities were in high demand between 1920 and 1930 but pressure from the government in 1940 to keep better track of the precious metals and gems she used caused Marie to sell her New York brownstone and finally settle down permanently at the farm. 

Along with Marie’s beautiful home, the property also includes a German barn and beautiful gardens.  The Friends of Marie Zimmerman volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions and give tours of the house.  This shoot out is a great opportunity to collect pictures to submit for our calendar project with the Friends of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, so don't miss out on this excellent opportunity!

Directions to Zimmermann Farm:

Take Rt. 209 N to the intersection with Rt. 739.  Continue through the traffic light and proceed 1.7 mi.  Zimmermann Farm Rd. will be on your left between mile marker 14 and 15 on Rt. 209 N.  The gate will be open and there should be signage showing you the way.  Park near the barns.

GPS:  41.252083, -74.857950

Google Reference Address:  742R+QR Conashaugh, Delaware Township, PA


June Shoot Outs

Forever Green Eagle Shoot Out
6 PM
June 1, 2019

Dusk is the perfect time to capture birds and other animals.  The Forever Green Nature Reserve was once the golf course for the Penn Hills Estate.  It is now home to several eagles and other birds who enjoy the open, green space.  Since the days are longer we'll have plenty of time to capture these magnificent birds and the natural beauty of the flowers and trees that make up a part of their habitat.

Forever Green is located off of Rts. 447/191 on Cherry Lane Rd. in Analomink, Pa.

Historical Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village

Saturday, May 18, 2019
2:00 pm

Millbrook Village was once a bustling center of business when the Van Campens ran their mill there.  It is no longer functioning but thanks to dedicated volunteers it remains a popular tourist stop in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Our Shoot Out will give you the opportunity to explore both nature and architecture as we wander around the grounds.  It is also a chance to collect some photos for the calendar project coming in July.  So get out your cameras and join in the fun.

Millbrook Village is located on Old Mine Hill Rd. in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Directions are available through the park website.

Google Map Location

Fieldstone Farm, Photo by Bob Hare

Nature Walk with Lori Colgan

@ Fieldstone Farm Nature Preserve

Wednesday May 15th

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join local botanist Lori Colgan of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust for an early Spring exploration of Fieldstone Farm Tank Creek Nature Preserve.

This will be a leisurely walk with observations of the property's blooms and bugs. a Nature Walk in the Fieldstone Farm Nature Preserve.

This is a free event, but registration is required.  Registration

Meeting location:

512 Devils Hole Road Cresco, PA 18326

(road to parking area is a driveway with two wooden posts topped with copper caps)

Pocono Heritage Land Trust Website


Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 3-5 pm

The Schisler Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Pocono region.  Located on the campus of ESU it houses several displays depicting the Frozen North, The Cold Forest, Canyon Country, the Verdant East and the African Bush.  Ducks, deer, and insects complete the collection.  The museum hopes to inspire wonder, provide an up-close and personal view into the natural world that one does not normally get to see and to instill an understanding of how humans both interact with our world and help to preserve it.

Our private shoot out at the museum will allow us to photograph the displays without interruption from other patrons.  Tripods will be allowed during our visit.  So get your camera and gear ready for a great experience 

Directions & Parking

The Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium are located on the ground floor of the 
Warren E. ’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, #70 on the campus map.

Normal Street and Ransberry Avenue
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

GPS:  40.996284, -75.175825

Free Saturday Parking In Lot #20 (no permit required)

Parking Map


April 2019 Shoot Out #1

Pocono Land Heritage Land Trust
Cranberry Creek Preserve

A Special Visit To the Gorge and Middle Falls

Sunday, April 14th - 1:00 PM

This is a special nature walk led by Don Miller, PHLT Naturalist.  Don will lead us into the heart of our Cranberry Creek Preserve - specifically the gorge and middle falls area, a more remote, less visited area of the Preserve.  This is a hardier walk with steeper terrain and off trail walking that is best done with the leaves off of the trees.  While it can be done even with snow on the ground, deep snow makes it even more strenuous, but also far more beautiful.

Don is leading this walk for PHLT and PPC members into this area of the Preserve.

Last minute update from walk leader Don Miller:

Yes, the Cranberry Creek Walk is still on for Sunday at 1:00, although it may be a bit rainy.  We are still going to hold the walk.  I was in a few days ago and the stream and the falls are in their full spring glory.

Always room for PPC Members on our PHLT Walks.  There are 22 people pre-registered, but the forecast for rain may chase some of these folks away.

So, bring your rain slicker, waterproof hiking boots and wet weather covers for the cameras.  It would be great to have you and others from PPC join us on the walk into PHLT’s Cranberry Creek Nature Preserve.

We will be meeting by 1:00 in the Paradise Price Preserve parking lot (where we met before) on Henry’s Crossing Road.  Just please advice PPC Members that the tunnel on Rt. 191 is closed, so you must use an alternate route to get there.

From East Stroudsburg take the Rt. 447 detour from North of Analomink to the Clark Road/Snowhill Road intersection.  Turn left on Clark Road, travel to interaction with Henry’s Crossing Road, turn left and enter Paradise Price Preserve parking area on left about 1 mike from Clark Road, just before crossing the railroad tracks.

From Stroudsburg or other areas of the County, it’s best to take Rt. 611 North, turn right at traffic light on Woodland Road past Mt. Airy.  Take Woodland Road to Rt. 940, turn right at the light in Paradise Valley on Rt. 940 East.  Travel East through Paradise Valley to the detour signs just before the Crescent Lodge.  Turn left on Rt. 390, travel uphill less than a mile, turn right on Cranberry Road, travel to intersection with Henry’s Crossing Road, turn left and travel about 1 mile, cross railroad tracks and turn right into Paradise Price Preserve parking lot.

Cranberry Creek Middle Falls - Photo by Don Miller (PHLT)

PHLT Waterfalls Walk Website
Meeting place map

41.132403, -75.263501


March Shoot Out

Shoot Out on a Country Road
Sunday, March 24, 2019
3 pm

Discover a few of Middle Smithfield's hidden gems, the Schoonover Farm on Community Drive in Middle Smithfield Township.  Take Route 209 N to River Dr. (Turkey Hill, the Warehouse Grill and the former Fernwood Resort are on the corners).  Turn right on to River Rd.  Community Dr. will be on the left BEFORE you get to the Park Headquarters and Hidden Lake Dr.  Turn left on to Community Dr. and follow the narrow lane for less than a mile.  You'll see an old farmhouse with a parking area on the left and the red barn on the right.  Another barn is just a little bit up the road.  You can also park at the headquarters and walk McDade Trail to the barn if you want.

212 Moss Ln, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
GPS:  41°4'39.828" N 75°0'49.607" W


February PHLT Shoot Out

Pocono Land Heritage Land Trust

Pomeroy McMichaels Creek Nature Preserve

Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 AM

PPC At Pomeroy!
Despite frigid temperatures, we had a good turnout at for the Shoot Out and nature walk conducted by Don Miller, Naturalist and PHLT Board Member.

It was a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air, learn, socialize and, of course, take a lot of pictures.  The best of these images will be made available to Don and the PHLT for Trust useage.

PHLT recently closed on a 70+ acre tract on the McMichaels Creek in the vicinity of Stroud Township's Glenbrook Country Club.  This preserve is officially named the Pomeroy McMichaels Creek Nature Preserve which includes a very photogenic stretch of McMichaels Creek making it a beautiful property to explore and photograph with some easier winter access than our Cranberry Creek Preserve.  Access here is on level ground and is a relatively short hike. Don Miller plans to lead this hike/shoot out. 

The meeting place was at the Hickory Valley Park parking lot.

GPS coordinates 
40.962383, -75.237138

Map here

February Photo Shoot


Pomeroy McMichaels Creek Nature Preserve (PHLT Photo)
From the Pocono Heritage Land Trust Website:

The Pomeroy McMichaels Creek Nature Preserve, named in honor of the 3 generations of the Pomeroy family who owned the property, is a 70+ acre piece of land containing a pristine secion of the McMichaels Creek in Hamilton Township.

Located between Hickory Valley and Turkey Hill and connecting the Glenbrook/Hickory Valley and Turkey Hill/Quiet Valley greenway areas, a newly protected natural area has been added to this McMichaels Creek greenway corridor. With this recent acquisition that was decades in the making, Pocono Heritage Land Trust has added over 70 acres of newly preserved greenway landscape to this beautiful and interesting geologic ecotone of the McMichaels Creek valley.

This newly protected piece of a large scale ecotone, this transition zone between Pocono and Cherry Creeks watersheds,this wild natural landscape influenced by glacial till and limestone (calcareous) ledges, is now finally permanently protected piece of property along the beautiful McMichaels Creek.

December Shoot Out
Macros and More
Gamut Art Gallery
109-111 N. 8th Street, Stroudsburg, PA. 18360
This month's Shoot Out features beautiful art, vintage artifacts and more in one of Stroudsburg's finest galleries.  Members are welcome to wander about and photograph to their heart's content in a setting that's perfect for the beauty of macro photography.  
December 3, 2018 ~ 11 A. M.

at Stroudsburg Foto

Saturday, November 17, 2018
2-4 PM

November's Shoot Out promises to be fun as we take on the assignment of 3 random topics, one hour to find three shots for each, and then review our pictures to see what we've come up with.  Shoot and Shows are a great way to improve your photo skills and spark your creativity.  And there may even be a prize or two!
Stroudsburg Photo is located at 724 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA.

Classic Car Shoot Out

           We’re in for a treat at this month’s Shoot Out with an array of beautiful classic cars on display just for PPC!  Deborah and William Whitman’s collection includes an MG Midget, Morris Minor 1000 Traveler and a Fiat Roadster so be sure to mark your calendars for this one.  The Shoot Out will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018 (rain date October 21).  Members will meet up at the home of Susan Field, 210 Beverly Lane, Stroudsburg, PA. 18360, at 2:30 pm for a shuttle to the Whitman’s home as parking is very limited there.

Please RSVP to Susan at so that we can have a headcount for the shuttle.

September Shoot Outs

Cranberry Creek/Henry's Crossing
Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 AM

Pocono Photo Club will be taking its fourth Pocono Heritage and Land Trust excursion to the 511 acre preserve of Cranberry Creek/Henry's Crossing to explore its high quality coldwater wild trout fishing waters and wander its trails. Acquired in 2012-2013 the preserve features the best of the "Old Poconos" with its step waterfalls, braided creek, hemlock ravines, Rhododendron stands and open woodlands.
The preserve is located at: 

590 Henry's Crossing Rd. in Cresco PA.

GPS co-ordinates 41.132403, -75.263501

Early Fall on the McDade Trail

Saturday, September 22, 2018- 2 pm

There's no question about it. Fall brings out the best of nature in the Poconos. This month's Shoot Out will get us out and about, discovering the early signs of this beautiful season. We'll meet up at the Egypt Mills Parking area on Rt. 209 N (on the right just past Egypt Mills Rd.) and wander along McDade Trail capturing the fading glory of wildflowers and other signs of the season. A short excursion from the trail brings us to a babbling brook to capture reflections and the gracefully floating leaves upon the water.

Directions to McDade Trail Shoot Out:

Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserve
With naturalist Don Miller

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
5 PM

Devil's Hole Rd., Mt. Pocono (off of Rt. 940)

Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserves consists of 400 acres intersected by Rt. 940 in the Mt. Pocono area.  A mixture of Hemlocks, Rhododendrons, Mountain Laurel and Oaks with vernal pools and two waterways, Kurmes offers beautiful photo opportunities for all photographers.  Walking sticks are not necessary but helpful, but you will definitely want to wear wet-weather footwear after all the rain we've been having.  We'll have the unique advantage of learning more about the fauna and flora with naturalist Don Miller along as our personal guide.  To get to the Devil's Hole parking area for our meet-up you will want to take Rt. 940 to Devil's Hole Rd.  The entrance to the parking area is well-marked with a PHLT kiosk and sign.  Follow the gravel road to the parking area.  Limited spaces so car pooling is advised.

Columcille Megalith Park

Saturday, August 25, 2018
4 PM
2155 Fox Gap Rd., Bangor, PA. 18013

Come and wander among the interesting stones, peaceful clearings, outdoor chapels and pleasant woods with your camera ready to go.  You won't be lacking in photo opportunities.  The question will be, "What should I take first?"  Columcille's Celtic flavor was inspired by the beautiful Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland.

A small donation of your choosing is requested at the entrance gate.

For directions and a description of Columcille, visit their website at

Golden Hour Shoot Out at Holy Cow Farm
PPC will head down to Bangor for this month's Shoot Out to wander through the fields of flowers at Holy Cow Farm.  Owners Jenn and Bryan McAtee bought the 45 acre farm in 2016, fulfilling a long-time dream of theirs.  We'll enjoy photographing the flowers while the sun is casting a golden glow across the fields.  Please be advised the driveway to the farm is bumpy and rocky- after all it's a farm!  We'll also be parking in a grassy field so be prepared for that as well.  As with all our Shoot Outs photographers are responsible for themselves and their equipment. 
Shoot Out date- SUNDAY, July 29, 2018
Time- 5 pm
Location- Holy Cow Farm, 1515 Ridge Rd., Bangor, PA. 18013


Light Banner

Saturday, June 30, 2018
8:30 - 10:00 pm
690 Clubhouse Dr., East Stroudsburg, Pa.  18302

Join Ann at her home for some light writing fun with gadgets, gizmos and assorted light makers. 
Please RSVP to Ann at if you plan to attend.


Let's help the Pocono Heritage Land Trust prepare for the grand opening of their Glen Run Nature Preserve by collecting photos of the natural beauty of Glen Run's hiking trails and the exciting action of the Mountain Bike paths.

June 13, 2013, 6-8:30 PM
For more information and directions see:

Glen Run Shoot Out

May Shoot Out
at the
Monroe County Farmer's Market

Saturday, May 5, 2018
PPC will be setting up "shop" at the opening day of the Monroe County Farmer's Market.  Along with our pop-up art gallery and display tent, we'll have a small set-up for portraiture.  We'll be collecting both formal and candid shots of patrons and vendors for the Market website.  The market is also a great place to shoot still-lifes, street shots and buy the best local produce.  And don't forget the Scavenger Hunt will still be on so you may find a few photos for some of those categories too.  It's a win-win of a Shoot Out so we hope to see you there at any time during market hours- 8 AM to 12 Noon.  The market is located in Court House Square on 7th Street in Stroudsburg, PA.

Presenting ~ Danielle Austen 

“The Art of Seeing” – Seeking Your Vision
May 12, 2018
2 to 4 pm
Whispering Pines Banquet Hall, Country Club of the Poconos
1445 Big Ridge Dr., East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18302

How do you see the world around you? Do you just see what others see, or do you see something different? One of the greatest challenges for photographers is discovering their unique vision. To do this we must learn to observe, imagine, and express.

In Danielle’s presentation she will discuss how taking an in-depth look at your surroundings through light, perspective, design and mood, can help you discover a new viewpoint and get more from your creative experience.

There is no charge for this presentation and it is open to the public.

Spring is in the air!
Saturday, April 21, 2018

It's time to get out and enjoy the sunshine on the April Shoot Out.  We're heading over to Aspen Ridge Farm to photograph lambs, chicks and pigs.  Aspen Ridge is located on Jonestown Rd. in Oxford, NJ.  If you're interested in car-pooling, meet Ann at Minisink Park on River Rd. at 1:15 pm.  We'll head over to the farm for a 2 PM Shoot Out at 1:30 pm.  You can read more about the farm here:

Jump Start Your Creativity!

It's time for some fun to get those creative juices flowing.  Meet up with Ann at 2 pm on March 24th at Minisink Park just past the PA Welcome Center in Smithfield for some fun and games you can use when you find yourself in a shooting slump.  Please take note that we'll be shooting outside and you may need to bundle up.


Saturday, February 24, 2018
1 PM

5 North Front Street, Allentown, Pa. 18102

Admission fee: $10

Rain is in the forecast for the next four days.  But we're not building an ark!  We're headed to Allentown instead to check out some cool cars, awesome motorcycles and other wheeled vehicles that have been a part of America's cultural history.  Even if you're not into cars, this museum's a fun and photo friendly place with 2 floors of well-lit displays.



Saturday, February 24, 2018
1 PM

Shake off the cold by bundling up and touring Crystal Cabin Fever's Ice
Sculpted Circus.  An ice sculpting contest will be taking place from 12 noon
to 4 pm, hot chocolate and goodies available, and a 50 foot ice slide make for a fun afternoon.  The cost of admission is $15 (cash only).  A factory tour is available for an additional fee (visit their website for further details-
Crystal Cabin Sculpted Ice Works is located at
311 Purdytown Tpke. (Rt. 590 East), Lakeville, PA 18438
The Circus is open from 11 AM to 5 PM.  PPC will meet up at 1 PM.
If you're interested in car pooling, contact Ann at
GPS coordinates are:  Lat.: N41.435995, Long.: W75.279114--

Blue Ridge Estate Winery & Vineyards
Wine Cellar Tour

Saturday, January 20, 2018

239 Blue Ridge Rd., Saylorsburg, PA.  18353

Discover the art of wine making with the lens of your camera on this month's Shoot Out at Blue Ridge Winery.  The tour starts at 2pm with continued photo opps afterwards with live music and an optional wine tasting session.  The tour is free and photographs are welcome; especially if you share a few for Blue Ridge to use in their emails.  There is a $5.00 fee for the wine tasting where you will be served 5 wines and given the glass as Blue Ridge Winery's way of saying "Thanks for stopping by!"  Can't make the 2 pm time slot?  A second tour takes place at 4 pm.  Dinner is also being served from 6 to 9 pm on the 20th and is catered by ACES Gourmet Catering.  It's a delicious way to end your day!

Interested in car pooling?  Meet Ann at the old K-Mart parking lot in East Stroudsburg at 1 pm.
For more info see:

Wreaths Across America

Wreath Laying Ceremony sponsored by the Patriot Guard Riders

Saturday, December 16, 2017

9:30 AM to 12 Noon

Cedar Hill Cemetery
1700 Airport Rd., Allentown, PA. 18109

To carpool, meet at Lowe's in Bartonsville at 8:30 AM

Wreaths Across America is observed annually on the third Saturday of December.  It was begun in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Me. and in 2007 it became a non-profit organization.  What started in Arlington National Cemetery now takes places at cemeteries in all 50 states.  Christmas wreaths are placed at the graves of all veterans so that they will be remembered and honored for the sacrifices they made to preserve our freedoms.  This event is being sponsored by the Patriot Guard Riders, a U. S. based internet organization whose members attend the funerals of fallen soldiers, fire fighters and police when invited by the deceased's family, serve in honor guards at military funerals, fill in the ranks at burials of indigent and homeless veterans, greet returning troops, and volunteer in different veterans' organizations.  This will be a very moving experience for us to see and photograph.

Middle Smithfield Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 25, 6 PM
Echo Lake Park, Middle Smithfield
(5206 Milford Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA 18302)

Echo Lake Park is located on the right hand side of Rt. 209 North just past the intersection with the Wawa, MacDonald's, Taco Bell and CVS Pharmacy.  Parking is limited on 209 so we suggest parking in the shopping plaza across from Pocono Palace and taking the short walk to the park from there.

Light the Night Shoot Out
Saturday, November 11, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 PM

Join us and have some fun with light orbs and other light writing gadgets
at the Steele's house
6706 Cherry Valley Rd.
Stroudsburg, PA., 18360
Questions?  Contact Ann at


Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1-6 PM
(Rain date October 8, 2017)

George W. Child's Park,
Silver Lake Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA. 18328
41.237129, -74.919371

Cost: $50 per member
Payable to Danielle Austen on site

Space is limited; registration is required
Email Ann at to register

October Shoot-Out

Covered Bridges of Lehigh Valley
A Self-guided Tour
Meet at 9 AM in Lowe's Parking Lot
for car pooling

Did you know that America's first covered bridge was constructed in Pennsylvania?
It was built across the Schuykill River and connected Philadelphia with the west.

The tour covers 7 bridges: Bogert's Bridge, Manasses Guth Bridge, Wehr's Covered Bridge, Rex's Covered Bridge, Geiger's Covered Bridge, Schlicher's Covered Bridge, and Kreidersville Covered Bridge. The route is approximately 50 miles long and is a leisurely 2 hour drive. Once we divide ourselves among cars we'll proceed to the beginning of the tour at Center Square in Allentown. There is a picnic area at Wehr's Bridge where we'll stop for lunch so bring a sandwich along.
  Please RSVP to Ann at for a head count.  Thanks!

September Shoot Out

Lost River Caverns

726 Durham St.
Hellertown, PA. 18055

Admission- $13.25
Meet at Lost River Caverns at 10:30 AM
Lowe's in Tannersville at 9 AM to carpool

August Shoot Out
Pohopoco Creek Alpacas

Pohopoco Creek Alpacas: 
Saturday Aug 26th at 3pm for afternoon to evening lighting.
This is a great opportunity to take photos of adult and baby alpacas.
Here is Tuaca - 1 hr old. She is very friendly and will come to you. 
There will be more babies born between now and when we go. 
Some have won in shows. BTW they have a store.
You can thank the Baxters with your favorite photos.

Pohopoco Creek Alpacas
216 Merwinsburg Rd
Effort, PA 18330

Please note that "Shoot Outs" are informal "Meet Ups" and are not an official club activity organized by PPC.
Participants assume any and all liability that might/may be connected with their participation in a Shoot Out.
Baby Alpaca

Past Shoot Out
Tannersville Cranberry Bog

Saturday July 29th at 10:00 AM. there will be another Shoot Out at Tannersville Cranberry Bog.
Laurinda Rubin led the Shoot Out at Cranberry Bog.

Email Laurinda if you plan to come -

Remember there will be an exhibit this fall of photos members have taken at the bog, now's a good
opportunity to get some great images for the exhibit and maybe for the Arts Grant that we applied for, we won’t know the outcome of that until September.

Please note that "Shoot Outs" are informal "Meet Ups" and are not an official club activity organized by PPC.
Participants assume any and all liability that might/may be connected with their participation in a Shoot Out.

Last Shoot Out - July 15th
Light Writing

Susan Field 1
Susan Field 2
Susan Field 3
                       Susan Field                                     Susan Field                                   Susan Field

Bob Hare
                       Bob Hare                                   Bob Hare                                                         Bob Hare

Karen Keenan 1
Karen Keenan 2
Susan Field 4
                           Karen Keenan                                   Karen Keenan                         Susan Field                        

Light Writing July 15th at 8:00 PM Rain or Shine
The fireworks of 4th of July have inspired us to paint with light ourselves. 
We'll have a number of creative light sources and a nice open space to play around in.  

Please note that "Shoot Outs" are informal "Meet Ups" and are not an official club activity organized by PPC.
Participants assume any and all liability that might/may be connected with their participation in a Shoot Out. 

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