Photo Workshop planned for Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, NC

Springtime in the Mountain scheduled for April 20-22, 2018

After the devastating forest fires in 2016, many questions remained about the Joyce Kilmer National Forest. The good news is that the forest is rebounding, according to news reports.

Some of the Tulip Poplars in this old growth Virgin forest are up to 400 years old, 100 feet tall and as much as 20 feet around.

“Joyce Kilmer may not look quite the same, but it’s sheer magic to be in the area,” says Bob Grytten, after a scouting trip this past week. Grytten will also be group leader for the April weekend event. “We hope to have enough good images for the planned publication on Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest After The Fires.”

Grytten reports that the trails look very good. “I think our group of photographers and writers will be encouraged. Our thanks to the Partners of Joyce Kilmer,” he adds.

“This spring we should have phenomenal wildflowers.” says Dick Evans, president of Partners of Joyce Kilmer.

Fires began Nov. 4 in Graham County, scorching 7,800 acres, including parts of Joyce Kilmer. The memorial forest was established as a wilderness area in 1936 and named for World War I soldier and poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the famous poem, “Trees.”

“After many years of hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and the special waters of Lake Santeetlah, we decided to plan the April 2018 event,” says Grytten.  “While the date has been selected for the spring wildflower bloom, this program is designed to help participants get the most from the equipment they have.”

Although participants may lodge any place they choose, special price rooms are being held for up to 10 participants until March 19, 2018 at $45 each/per night, double occupancy. Single rooms are available at $85 per night.

This program has been designed for all skill levels.

The more experienced will find many challenging opportunities. They are also welcome to shoot on their own or seek suggestions whenever they wish.

The new participants will benefit by the attention to basics, as well as association with the more seasoned photographer. This will be a hands-on approach.

Overall, the program is designed to have a good time with friends as well as getting the most out of their equipment. Tripods are required. Ask the instructor about your equipment if you have any questions.

Price:  $165 per person early registration for the entire weekend, expires March 25. Price thereafter is $295.00. Space is limited, on a first come basis. Credit Cards are Accepted.  For more information, itinerary and registration:, 828/627-0245 or cell 828/593-1580.

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