Monarch butterflies are the beauties and elephant seals are the beasts. Join us to photograph tens of thousands of monarchs and thousands of elephant seals as they give birth, battle and hang out on the beach. We’ll also find time for sea otters, hummingbirds and shorebirds.
It was my dream come true to have been the Artist in Residence as a photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for six weeks from September through November of 2016. I have been to the park many times and I would never have imagined having this opportunity. My background as a natural resource manager for 26 years along with my passion for photography helped to secure the chance to take photographs for an entire season in one of the most picturesque national parks. For me, it was about more than just taking photos. I wanted to take the time to gain a greater understanding of the park.