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Photo by Bill White

Exploring Fall With GNPA

 

Bill White
GNPA President

Fall is approaching and photographic opportunities will be everywhere. One of the best will occur around the end of this month and into early October, when bull elk enter the rut in Cherokee, North Carolina, and Cataloochee. If you haven’t witnessed that, it’s worth the trip. (Editor’s note: see Horace Hamilton’s article “Photographing Elk in the Smokies” here:

Local chapters are holding live meetings again. These meetings, of course, are a great way to meet new friends and learn about all aspects of nature photography. You can find a list of upcoming meetings on Meetup. Our Smyrna Chapter has conducted two in-person meetings lately with outstanding speakers, and we have another coming up this month, when Tom Wilson will speak about dragonflies.

Using Lightroom was the topic at the recent chapter meeting in Gwinnett. Thanks to that presentation, I learned several valuable tips that I’m now putting into practice. I encourage everyone to attend chapter meetings, and hope to see you there soon.

The annual GNPA fall trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee will be November 3-6, 2022. At past events, I’ve photographed sunrises at the Okonaluftee Overlook, sunsets at Clingman’s Dome, and bears, coyotes, deer and turkeys in Cades Cove. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Don’t forget to sign up for the statewide GNPA Meetup Group. Your local chapter has its own Meetup Group, but following the state group allows you to keep abreast of all our programs and upcoming events.

Meanwhile, the Programs Committee is still presenting statewide webinars, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. We’ve had some terrific presentations recently, with more on the way. GNPA members can watch them live, or view the recorded webinars on our website.  

Our organization is operated by, and for, our members. The more people who participate and volunteer, the more we can offer. If you can help out with field trips or events, please let me know. It’s a great way to learn new things and meet some very interesting people.

See you in the field.

— Bill

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