Elk Rut and Blue Ridge Parkway with Tom Croce

Join us in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for three days of photographing elk in the Cataloochee Valley and landscapes and fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather is always a determining factor in the exact schedule, but tentatively we will plan on spending one or two evenings along the Blue Ridge Parkway photographing the iconic blue layered mountains of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, Mornings will be spent in the Cataloochee Valley photographing the elk. I have been visiting the Valley for over 10 years to photograph elk during the rut when they are most active.

Great Smoky Mountains with Jason Eldridge

The Great Smoky Mountains contain sweeping panoramic views of ancient mountains, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and old growth hardwood forests.  These are each wonderful sites to behold and represent just a hint of the photographic opportunities that await.  Come join us as we explore this unique ecosystem with cameras in hand.   I will be right there beside you to provide photographic recommendations and instruction.

Monday night, October 21st, we will all meet at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant in Townsend, TN for an orientation and to go over the itinerary for the following three days as well as get a sense of what each of you is looking for out of the workshop.  The October 21st welcome dinner is on me.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be filled, sunrise to sunset, with photographic opportunities as we explore the Foothills Parkway, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, Clingman’s Dome and more.  Each day there will be an opportunity to look at what you have captured and receive post processing instruction.  Finally, after photographing sunrise in the Foothills Parkway we will meet for a recap and a final breakfast as everyone leaves on their own.  This meal will be on me as well.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • Dinner at the Trailhead Steakhouse restaurant the first night and breakfast on the final day.

What’s not included:

  • Transportation:  Transportation to and from the airport and during the workshop is not provided.  Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements.
  • Lodging:  The group will be staying at the Townsend Gateway Inn in Townsend, TN.  There will be a block of rooms set aside for the Nature Photography Show.
  • Food:  Other than the initial dinner and the final breakfast food is not included.

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Elk Rut and Blue Ridge Parkway with Tom Croce

Join us in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for three days of photographing elk in the Cataloochee Valley and landscapes and fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather is always a determining factor in the exact schedule, but tentatively we will plan on spending one or two evenings along the Blue Ridge Parkway photographing the iconic blue layered mountains of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, Mornings will be spent in the Cataloochee Valley photographing the elk. I have been visiting the Valley for over 10 years to photograph elk during the rut when they are most active.

Weekly Wow! Week of August 12, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Cottonweed," High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Cottonweed,” High Ridge Scrub Natural Area, Lake Worth, Florida. © Kevin Barry.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 12, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.  The period for entering your best shots in this year’s Showcase began August 1st and runs  through September 16th.  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get shooting!  Your best shot might be your next one.

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From the President: Tom Haxby

Bears, Salamanders and Snakes – Oh My!

NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.
NANPA High School Scholarship Program participants at Spruce Flats Falls. Photo by Tom Haxby.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  I thought about that proverb a lot during the NANPA High School Scholarship Program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where I was one of the instructors. A month ago, ten high school students from around the country spent a week learning about photography, conservation, ethics, biodiversity and a whole lot more through this annual program, made possible by your donations to the NANPA Foundation.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Hector Astorga

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Mammals: Silverback Mountain Gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Hector Astorga.

Showcase 2019: First Runner-up, Mammals: Silverback Mountain Gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda © Hector Astorga.

Bio:

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer based in South Texas. His love of nature and the outdoors began as a child in his native country, Honduras. He is the ranch manager at the Santa Clara Ranch, a photography ranch that hosts nature photographers from all over the globe.. He leads and conducts photography tours & workshops at multiple locations in North America, Central America, Europe and Africa.

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From the President: Tom Haxby

Tom Haxby at Olson Falls near Munising, MI.

Tom Haxby at Olson Falls near Munising, MI.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tom Haxby, and for the next year I will be the President of the Board of Directors of NANPA. I’ve been a member of NANPA for over 10 years and have been on the Board of Directors for the last two. I have always enjoyed photography, but several years ago, after a career of almost 30 years as a natural resource manager, it was time to leave behind the 10 x 10 cubicle, endless meetings, toxic office politics and administrative tedium. So, I dove into nature photography full time and have not regretted for one minute the photographic adventures and time spent behind my camera.  Along the way, there have been a few photos that have made the Showcase top 250 and a few other award winners as well as six weeks as an Artist-in-Residence in 2016 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There have been so many trips to the Smokies, that some thought that I am local to there. Not yet! I currently reside in the Traverse City area of Northern Michigan.

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Showcase 2019 Winner Profile – Mark Hoyle

Showcase 2019: Judges' Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.

Showcase 2019: Judges’ Choice, Macro/Micro/All Other: Synchronous Fireflies, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee © Mark Hoyle.

Bio:

My name is Mark Hoyle. I’m a practicing General Dentist in Anderson,SC. and live with my wife Darlene in Townville,SC on Lake Hartwell. My passion for nature photography began many years ago as a scuba diver. My favorite subjects include anything with a heartbeat and landscapes. Continue reading

NANPA High School Scholarship Program – Deadline March 30, 2018!

Milkweed Bug on Flowers © Benjamin Urquhart

 

Encourage a High School Student to Dig Deeper Into Photography This Summer

It is always exciting to hear about the experiences of each class of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program. The 2018 program will take place in Tremont, Tennessee July 2-7 and the deadline to apply to participate is Friday, March 30.

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Meet David Lester – NANPA Blog Coordinator

David C. Lester, NANPA Blog Coordinator © David C. Lester

Greetings!  I am the new NANPA Blog Coordinator, and have been meaning to write an introductory post since I started in this position several months ago.  I worked with Rebecca Spriggs for several months, and she did a great job of training me in the general mechanics and finer points of WordPress, the platform for our blog.  We were all sorry to see Rebecca leave NANPA for another position, but certainly wish her well in her new work.

I live in Atlanta, and completed a career in health care information technology in 2012.  I’ve been a nature and wildlife photographer for a little over a decade, and started a business with my brother in 2011 called NatureBook Photography.  While I’ve been photographing nature for a while, I also began writing about nature nearly two years ago.

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