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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby of the Lambuth Inn to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader, a resident expert and a photography instructor. Travel will be via chartered motorcoach unless noted otherwise. We expect most of our transfers to be less than approximately one hour. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: In the dining room overlooking scenic Lake Junaluska, we will enjoy an extensive buffet with two entrees, vegetables, salad bar, soup of the day, desserts, coffee, tea, water, and lemonade. Vending machines are available for soft drink purchases.
Evening: Our naturalist Wilma Durpo highlights some of the unique characteristics of the Great Smoky Mountains with her "Sense of Place" visual lecture. Don shows some of the mountains beauty he has photographed during his PowerPoint "Amazing Grace."
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Dress in layers for possible chilly and damp conditions during our afternoon field trip in the Valley.
Breakfast: Begin your day with a morning stretch/yoga session outside (weather permitting). In the hotel dining room, choose what you like from the hearty breakfast buffet with hot and cold choices such as eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cereal, seasonal fruits, orange juice, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Morning: Our photography instructor will teach a Composition program. We will learn how professional photographers create powerful, emotional and otherwise interesting images. Good photographs rarely happen accidentally. Composition in photography is much like constructing a house, design decisions are made each step of the way. Following the Composition program our naturalist will give a Power Point on wildflowers of the southern Appalachians to prepare you for the blooms you will encounter and photograph during this week in the Smokies.
Lunch: In the hotel dining room, choose what you like from the delightful lunch buffet that includes soup and salad bar, coffee, tea, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: After lunch our naturalist acquaints us with the history of Cataloochee, our afternoon/evening photo shoot destination. Then our photography instructor leads us through his Sunrise-Sunset Program to show us how to take creative advantage of the light unique to these times of day. The golden light: Twice each day every place on earth is bathed in it (unless, of course, it’s overcast). It’s what makes our sunrises and sunsets so dramatic. What is it? How can we see it? And how can we use it to our creative advantage? In this program we learn how. With our instructors, we’ll board our chartered motorcoach and head out on a field trip to the Cataloochee Valley, nestled among some of the most rugged mountains in the southeastern U.S. Surrounded by 6,000 foot peaks, this isolated valley was one of the largest and most prosperous settlements in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some 1,200 people lived here in 1910. A variety of historic buildings have been preserved, including two churches, a school, and several homes and outbuildings. This is the best place in the park to see historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and afford us excellent photo opportunities. .
Dinner: We will have a picnic dinner in Cataloochee Valley.
Evening: We linger in the valley, the evening is the best time to see elk. Get a good night's rest. We’ll be up very early tomorrow to capture the sunrise!
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Dress in layers for chilly and possible damp conditions.
Breakfast: After our Dawn photo shoot, we will enjoy a breakfast of coffee, muffins, biscuits and fruit delivered to us at Purchase Knob.
Morning: We depart with our instructors before sunrise to the 5,086 elevation Purchase Knob where we will learn on-the-ground techniques covered in yesterday's class for using early morning light in photography. Following our on-site breakfast we board the motor coach for an afternoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A park ranger will give us a talk and we will picnic on the porch of the Oconaluftee Visitors Center. The Mountain Farm Museum, steps away from the Visitors Center, give us access to barns and log structures preserved during the creation of the park.
Lunch: We picnic at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center.
Afternoon: We board the motor coach for a brief bit to arrive at Mingus Mill. This historic mill, set on a rushing mountain stream, was an important part of survival for early settlers. It is still in operation grinding corn for part of each year. On returning to Lake Junaluska this afternoon, you may choose to process two images for critique before dinner.
Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet at Lambuth.
Evening: After dinner a time is devoted to image critique. Sort through the photographs you've taken thus far in preparation for the slide show at the week's end.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Uneven terrain, possibility of getting feet wet.
Breakfast: Before breakfast, join our yoga instructor outside (weather permitting) for an invigorating morning stretch. Then enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet in the Lambuth dining room with your fellow Road Scholars.
Morning: We board the motorcoach for Big Creek and the Tennessee side of the GSMNP. En route, our resident expert will share more history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the men who helped to create the park, like Horace Kephart and George Masa. The trails at Big Creek present some of the best concentrations of Wildflowers found anywhere in the park. The trails are dirt and sometimes rocky. You may choose to stay in the first half mile or explore a bit further with the naturalist in to a longer walk.
Lunch: We'll have box lunches picnic-style along the creek.
Afternoon: Next we're off to the Greenbrier area of Great Smoky National Park to photograph its celebrated streams and wildflowers. We will stop for photo ops at an overlook along the Foothills Parkway, a celebrated scenic drive, and visit the Pittman Center History Museum. Greenbrier is an essential part of a visit to the Smokies. Forming on the North slopes of some of the highest peaks in the East - the Guyot Massif and LeConte Massif - the streams of the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River unite eventually to become the French Broad River. The Cherokee were here for thousands of years. The European settlers started farms and communities whose remains still dot the landscape.
Dinner: We will enjoy a sumptuous, fresh farm-to-table dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Evening: After dinner we visit the scenic Carvers Orchard for more early evening photo possibilities then depart for Lake Junaluska.
Activity note: Boarding motorcoach
Breakfast: Start your day with a morning stretch/yoga (outside, weather permitting) before a hearty breakfast buffet served in the dining room.
Morning: With our expert instructors guidance we'll continue to enjoy & photograph locations in the GSMNP. We will visit the Swinging Bridge and Luftee Overlook.
Lunch: Lunch buffet a a local Cherokee diner.
Afternoon: After lunch in Cherokee we return to Lake Junaluska to prepared images for the final critique. We will want to share with each other a few images that have captured our imagination. Spend a little time preparing those images. Our Photography instructors will be near by for guidance.
Dinner: We will enjoy an evening program with Friends of the Smokies presented by our photography instructor. We have experienced this amazing place called the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for nearly a week. We pull those experiences together for a clear and penetrating look at our new connection to this place by thinking for a moment about its past. Our photography instructor will leave you with a little bit of homework: to select what you think are your best three photographs this week in USB format. Prepare for check out and departure tomorrow.
Evening: Enjoy an evening of live music with one of our Appalachian musicians.
Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Get off to a good start today with a yoga/morning stretch session before breakfast.
Morning: We’ll wrap up with our time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Our photography instructor will give a presentation created from everyone's three best shots of the week for all of us to enjoy.
Lunch: Lambuth Inn buffet. Those departing early can pick up a box lunch. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
ALWAYS CHECK THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS GIVEN IN THE BOOKLET TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE CORRECT!!!
Don and Bonnie were fantastic instructors! I came into the program with some trepidation because I wasn’t an experienced photographer. The two of them helped me gain confidence in my photographic skills during the five days and now I think I might enter one of my photos in a competition at my local camera club.
This Road Scholar program was outstanding. Don and Bonnie were instructive and helpful both during the indoor sessions and in the field, helping with advice, assistance where requested, and recommendations. Don and Wilma shared their knowledge of the Smoky Mountains and the human heritage of the area. Don’s critiques of our photographs were constructive and helpful without being negative or derogatory. Bonnie added further comments from her perspective which were also helpful, as Bonnie is an accomplished photographer also. This approach is helpful to us as photographers who want to improve their work. The excellent choice of venues gave us the best chance to implement the way of seeing which were demonstrated by Don’s examples of his work, not to just copy his technique, but open our eyes and mind to look beyond the obvious snapshot type of photographs. By starting the program with a showing of his photographs, it demonstrated that Don was an accomplished photographer and what we might think about when we began our workshop. Having a critique of our photographs early in the program enabled us to fine tune our approach in the next few days. Both Don and Bonnie emphasized the aesthetic aspects of photography, but were able to contribute technical knowledge as required to support the art of photography. I would be remiss if I did not mention the camaraderie and good humor of the group and Don, Bonnie, and Wilma.
If you feel your day-to-day lifestyle is blah, then you need to go to Road Scholar and find something fun or look for your passion. There is plenty to choose from.
I found this program to be an interesting, inspirational and educational way to increase my photography skills. The instructors focus on the students' experience and provide individual guidance. The program itinerary was very well balanced between classroom and field time with added content on local history, culture and natural history. Plus we had fun too. I hope to repeat this same program next year.
I would highly recommend this program. Everything involved in this program exceeded my expectations. The instructors were extremely patient provided some personalized training. The hotel was nice and the food choices were good. The locations for the photo shoots were amazing.
An outstanding photography program in a beautiful location that goes beyond the mechanics of taking pleasing pictures. You will learn about and develop your relationship with the photographic process and become more invested in the images you produce.
This was an outstanding experience. The instructors were knowledgeable and flexible in their attention to participants with a variety of levels of expertise. It's a busy agenda with opportunities to visit and make photographic memories in many park locations. Definitely recommend!
Excellent program with outstanding instructors. Deep experience of photography and of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Inspirational and renewing....this program and its leader offered me new ways of seeing and appreciate one of our national treasures as well as my photography. Thank you!
The location for this program was beautiful and we were driven to other wonderful places to photograph sunrises and elk. I was able to participate in everything even though I had injured my knee the previous week. I enjoyed the programs on the nature and history of the area of North Carolina, All three instructors were fun and very helpful and the group was very friendly.
very good program