Wilson’s Wildflower Workshop

yellow ladyslipperYou may know that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the country, but did you know that it is also referred to as “the wildflower national park”? That’s right. More than 1600 types of flowering plants are found in the Smokies. That’s more than any other National Park.
This year the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will take place April 22nd through April 26th. For more information on the programs that will be offered as part of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, you can visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org.

However, we want to tell you about a great opportunity related to the blooming buds right here…

Wilson Reynolds, the owner of Tremont Outdoor Resort, happens to be a professional nature photographer, instructor, all-round outdoor enthusiast and some might say wildflower expert.  So, you can imagine that nothing would make him happier than to wrap all those things together and get to share them with you at the same time!  How, you might ask?  He is going to be teaching a one day, wildflower photography workshop on Saturday, April 25th from 9am-6pm.  Even better, the workshop is FREE with one night’s stay booked at Tremont Outdoor Resort on either Friday, April 24th or Saturday, April 25th.    (The class is free for up to two individuals with each reservation.)

Here is a snapshot of what the workshop will cover:  You will meet at Tremont Outdoor Resort at 9am and discuss some basics about wildflowers, rules of respecting nature when photographing, and what equipment is best to use for this particular type of photography.  You will then travel (by your own means of transportation) to designated meeting places within the National Park where Wilson will show you some of the best places to find a variety of wildflowers as well as some “secret” locations of rare blooms that even the Park Service won’t tell you about.  Afterwards, you will meet back at Tremont to learn some basics on adjusting your images and finish up with a slideshow of Wilson’s work of this type through the years.  Digital SLR cameras are recommended, but not required.  If you have any of the following equipment, please bring it with you – a tripod, a macro lens, a 24-70mm lens, a 70-200mm lens, and a monopod.  Again, this equipment is not required, but is recommended if you have it.  Also bring your laptop along if you have one.

Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!  To make your reservation, you can call Tremont Outdoor Resort at 865-448-6363.  Be sure to tell them that you want to register for Wilson’s Wildflower Workshop.  Your accommodation reservation can be made for an RV site, tent site, camping cabin, standard cabin, premier cabin, or log home.  If you have never stayed at Tremont Outdoor Resort before, you’ll leave wondering what took you so long!  We are the very last park before entering the National Park, so you will be as close as you can get without giving up the luxury of full hookup, power, cable, and Internet.  We think we are the nicest campground/RV park in the area, but we would love to know what you think!  For more information on Tremont Outdoor Resort, please visit www.tremontcamp.com.  We are also on facebook, so we would love for you to become a fan.

Thanks for visiting our blog and please stop by often for updates on what’s happening at Tremont as well as a little bit about the people who make it what it is today!


2 Responses to “Wilson’s Wildflower Workshop”

  1. During our stay in early July, the lady at office gave me your blog site address. Would you mind sending me a message when you schedule another photo session? I am in mid-Missouri, but would consider coming down for a session. How many do you usually have on one of your outings? I met one of the men working for you at the campground who does some photography and we had a great visit.


    • tremontoutdoorresort Says:


      Thanks for your note! We are planning on scheduling a session for late October. I don’t have an exact date yet, but we will post it on the blog as soon as we have the details ironed out. The number of people in the outings varies depending upon the type of workshop. Normally, it would be around 10-15 people though.

      We would love for you to join us!

      Thank you!

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