Spring Wildflower Workshop – 2014

Posted in photography workshops, Uncategorized, Wildflowers with tags , , , on May 5, 2014 by tremontoutdoorresort

What a wonderful group we had for the 2014 Spring Wildflower Workshop!  A combination of new and familiar faces, we took to the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend of April 11-13 to hunt for early spring blooms for our annual photography workshop.  While the harsh, cold winter caused so many things to be late in their blooming schedule, we still found  a plethura of beautiful blooms.

We started off the weekend with a special macro presentation and lesson led by Brett Wells, who in addition to being our instructor for the weekend is also a tech rep and a sales rep for Sigma Photo.  Sigma also graciously sent us an entire case of loaner macro lenses for our workshop participants to use for the weekend.  Combine good glass, talented photographers, and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and what do you get?  Well, take a look here and see…

Spring Beauties

 Spring Beauties were an appropriate beginning!

Sweet White Trillium

Sweet White Trillium

Sue’s shot of the Smokies’ signature flower.

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Beautifully captured by Ellen

Elle - Bishop's Cap

Bishop’s Cap

These are so tiny you could easily pass them by without appreciating their delicate beauty.

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone

Brett caught the spirit of this beauty perfectly!

A couple of Gail’s favorites:

Dwarf Ginseng


Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn

Nancy’s dramatic vision of the Squirrel Corn.

Sharon - Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn

Nancy caught a more light-hearted version.

Large Flowered White Trillium

Large Flowered White Trillium

Beth’s Beauty

Karen's Bleeding Hearts

Karen’s Bleeding Hearts

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Beth’s Beaked Violet

Need name

Fiddlehead Fern unfolded

Wilson instructing

Wilson instructing

Wilson points out likely suspect places to workshop members, like the following:

Fringed Phacelia by Malia

Fringed Phacelia

Common Violet

Common Violet

Malia thinks this flower is anything but common, despite its name!

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit

Yellow Trillium

Yellow Trillium

Ellen's Crested Dwarf Iris

Ellen’s Crested Dwarf Iris

April - need name


April 2 - need name


Diffuser Team

Diffuser Team

When necessary, diffusers were used to soften the light.

Bill & Ellen with diffuser

Carl & Ellen with diffuser

Wilson helping Malia on bridge

Brett contemplating Fire Pink composition

Looking high and low

Looking high and low

Beth, Ellen & Nancy covering all the vantage points.

Trout Lilly

Trout Lilly

Sue caught the happy yellow of the Trout Lilly.

As glorious as they are, wildflowers were not the only attractions captured by our team:

Bee on Fringed Phacelia

Bee on Fringed Phacelia

Sharon caught this bee on a lovely Fringed Phacelia.

Watchful Chipmunk

 Bill captured this little guy keeping watch over us.

Walker Sisters' Cabin

Walker Sisters’ Cabin

From the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, some of us hiked up the Little Brier Gap Trail to the Walker Sisters’ Cabin.

Cabin Interior

Cabin Interior

A study in light (and needed roof patches) by Ellen.

Silky water

Silky water

We also had the chance to work on water shots.  Malia had never been able to capture the silky effect, and after some instruction, was happy to get this shot of some of the class shooting upstream.

On the first night, there was an optional trip up to Clingman’s Dome for the sunset and shooting starlight.

Malia's Sunset

Malia’s Sunset

April's Stars at Clingman's Dome

April’s Stars at Clingman’s Dome

Wilson Review

Wilson Review

On the last day, we reviewed the class images and discussed editing.  Our workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced photographers and we have lens and equipment to loan for you to try out.  We provide shooting tips as we show you the incomparable beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains so you can bring home your own digital captures and great memories.

What a fantastic weekend – we hope to see you all next year!


Tremont’s latest visitors…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 17, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

We have had a little more excitement last week than normal at the campground.  While taking the garbage to the dumpster one morning, a camper noticed a tiny black bear cub hanging out in the dumpster!  Mama bear was no where to be found.  We called the Townsend Police department and the Chief of Police came and retrieved the little guy from the dumpster.  However, once the cub was out of the dumpster, he got loose and ran to the “A” section of the campground and straight up a tree!  Well, you can imagine what happened next.  There were several people near the base of the tree looking and taking pictures of the little guy.  After the commotion died down and everyone went back to their normal activities, he scampered down the tree and went back up to the mountain behind Tremont, we assume to find his Mama.  If Mama is on the mountain, she has not made an appearance that we have seen.  That is odd when such small cubs go missing.

So, although there was a bit of excitement, everyone is safe (including the cub to the best of our knowledge).  Just goes to show that you need to pay attention when you are taking out the trash!  You never know what you might find!

Three Good Reasons to Visit Townsend, TN This Weekend!

Posted in Festivals, Wildflowers with tags , , on May 2, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

Not that you necessarily need special reasons or occasions to head to Townsend, Tennessee as it is beautiful and peaceful all of the time, but just in case you need a little extra incentive…

1.  This weekend is the Spring Festival and Old Timers Day at the Visitor Center in Townsend.

The 2013 Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day is set for May 3-4.

Join us for our springtime celebration of bluegrass music (concerts and jam sessions), clogging, arts and crafts, BBQ, Appalachian skills demonstrations, storytelling, wildflower walks, and the beauty of the Smokies in the springtime.

2.  They started stocking trout in the Little River this morning!  They stock right from the bridge that leads into Tremont Outdoor Resort!  So grab your waders and your fishing tackle and head on down:)

3.  If you love wildflowers, you are not too late to see some gorgeous blooms in the Park.  I have it on good authority that there are pink and yellow ladyslippers in bloom among other things:)


Chance to see more SNOW in the Smokies!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 4, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

If you missed the beautiful snow we had in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past weekend, don’t worry, it looks like you may have another chance this week!

This past Sunday morning, several of the roads in the Park were closed because of the weather, but by mid-afternoon the roads were clear.  Although, by that time, there was not a flake of snow left at Tremont Outdoor Resort, Cades Cove and some of the upper elevation parts of the Park were beautiful (and not treacherous)!GSMPsnow-2-EditThis is a shot that I took in Cades Cove Sunday afternoon.  You can see the snow laden mountain tops in the higher elevations.

Meigs Falls

Meigs Falls

Meigs Falls is right on Little River Road in between Townsend and Elkmont.  There was still quite a bit of snow on the upper branches.

This coming Wednesday, they are saying that there is a 70% chance of snow in the Park with a high of 36 and a low of 23.  In addition to that, there is only a 30% chance of snow in Townsend on Wednesday, so that means that it will not be difficult to get to Tremont Outdoor Resort where you can set up your base camp and still explore the beauty of winter in the Park.  What more could you ask for?  Pretty snow that isn’t treacherous!

We hope to see you soon!





New Tremont Website!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 28, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

Well, it has been a long time in the works, but our new website for Tremont Outdoor Resort is live!  Along with getting a sorely needed facelift, it is also more interactive, easy to navigate, and provides more comprehensive information.  Although it is live, we are still updating the images and working out some other minor details, so please bear with us as we continue to work toward perfection:).  We were so excited to launch the new look that we hoped that you all would give us a little grace in updating all of the nitty gritty details….

So, click on the image of the new home page below and check out our new site!


Spring Wildflower Photography Workshop 2013!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 by tremontoutdoorresort

If you love nature, wildflowers, photography, and having a good time while learning a few things with other photographers and enthusiasts, all while in the beautiful setting of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then this workshop could be for you!

f/32 Photo’s owner (Wilson Reynolds, the guy you never actually see in the store because he is always out on the road somewhere…) will be leading the workshop along with Brett Wells, talented instructor, photographer, and also our Sigma representative.  Between the two of them, they have forgotten more than I will ever know!

The dates for the workshop are April 12th-April 14th and it will be based at Tremont Outdoor Resort in Townsend, TN.  If you would like more information on the workshop, please click here for the nitty gritty details and a link for registration!

If you don’t already receive the personal emails that we send out when we announce these workshops, you can sign up to be on that list by suscribing to the newsletter of f/32 Photo by clicking on “Subscribe to our e-newsletter” at the top of our website.  (Don’t worry, we do not bombard you with email and clutter up your inbox!)

If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel free to email me at April@f32photo.com and I’ll do my best to answer them.  Don’t dally though because we can only take 12 students and we already have 4!

If you would like to see some of the images and read a little bit about last year’s workshop, click here🙂

Hope to see you at the workshop!



The Autumn Decoration Contest is Back!

Posted in Contests, Fall Foliage on October 8, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

Last year was our first year for our now annual Autumn Decoration Contest, and let me say, competition was fierce!  We have some really committed campers who love to decorate and are good at it.  We loved seeing what everyone came up with!

So, this year’s contest is starting today and the first judging will be Saturday, October 13th.  The contest will continue for the month of October with a winner being announced each week after the Saturday judging.  Please see the flyer below for more details.  The prizes are pretty sweet, so if you haven’t already, start planning your decorating scheme!

Voting for the grand prize will take place on our facebook page, so if you haven’t “liked” us yet, please be sure to do so in order to be able to vote!