Each year the Georgia Nature Photographers Association host a members only trip to the Smokies. I have attended for the past few years and really enjoy the company and what our Nations National Parks have to offer.
The opening day of the event has some social time and a speaker. This year the speaker was Jerry Whaley, and his topic was “The Range of Light in the Great Smoky Mountains” . Jerry is a regular contributor in the Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography. This is a free quarterly publication with lots of education and beautiful photography.
The closing day of the weekend host a speaker and photo contest from images shot the week of the event. There are three categories, Wildlife, Historical Structures and Landscapes."Horse" won Honorable Mention in wildlife.
"Rustic" (left) was one of my entries in the Historic Structures category, it won Honorable Mention.
For the contest I decided to convert the image to Black and White, I felt it was more powerful as a monochrome.
River Runs Through was entered in the Landscaps category, it won Honorable Mention.
Shadows was also entered into the Landscapes Category, it won first place!
Click the photo above to see some of my other photos from this weekend.
As mentioned the closing day we had another speaker.
Bill Lea, gave a talk on ““UNDERSTANDING THE BLACK BEAR”. Bill is an expert on the Black Bear and has photographed them for many years in the area. He has many great photos on his web site and on Facebook.
For me the Black Bear has been elusive, but a few of our group found them in Cades Cove this year.
I hope you enjoy my photos.