Fall Foliage Photography Workshop!!!

Posted in photography workshops with tags , , on August 17, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

Click here to find out the scoop on our Fall Foliage Photography Workshop!  The dates have been set and online registration is now open!

Don’t delay, only 10 spots left (at least that’s how many there were last time I checked:).

Hope to see you there!

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After the Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 7, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

A terrible storm blew through Townsend and parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Thursday evening around 6pm.  We are thankful that no one at Tremont was hurt during the storm.  Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the National Park.  Two people lost their lives Thursday night when they were hit by fallen trees.  Others were injured and hundreds of people were trapped in Cades Cove and other areas of the Park as Rangers and other emergency responders worked tirelessly to clear the downed trees to get them out.  Little River Road from Elkmont to Townsend, Laurel Creek Road, the Cades Cove Road, and Hwy 73 from the Park entrance to the Townsend Wye are still closed.  For updated information, you can call 865-436-1200.

While no one was injured at Tremont, there was lots to clean up and some property damage, although it could have been much worse, so we are extremely thankful.  We are currently still without power and phone lines and have been told that this should be rectified soon.  So, if you have reservations, we are still open and you may check in, we just may be a little more primitive than usual for a short time:)

Most of the damage that Tremont sustained was in the A section and the majority of that was caused by one fallen tree which punctured the roof of a camper and took out one and a half river decks.  Fortunately, the people staying in the stricken camper were not there when it occurred, so by the time they made it back, Tremont’s staff had already taken pictures for the insurance companies and cut the tree down off the camper.

 

This was the site with the most damage. As you can see, the tree has already been cut off the camper, but it is still resting on the river deck.

 

 

another view of the hardest hit area of Tremont

This is the root ball of the tree that fell.

more split limbs…this one did not land on anything thankfully!

Tree that had been down across the main road just past the bridge to Tremont.

Nice to see people back in the river the next morning after the storm.

Yes, it may be a little warm, especially with the power temporarily out, but the river is nice and COLD, so come on in!

We are so thankful to have made it through the storm with everyone at Tremont being alright.  Our prayers go out to the families of those who were lost in the Park during this tragedy.

We will continue to post updates here and on our Facebook page as we receive them.

 

Dollywood Discounts!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 5, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

Did you know that as a guest of Tremont Outdoor Resort you are eligible for special Dollywood and Splash Country discounted tickets that are not available other places?  That’s right, we may be on the peaceful side of the Smokies, but we realize that sometimes a day trip into Pigeon Forge can be fun too.  The best part is, you can have a fun filled day and come back to a nice, quiet, peaceful campsite!  Dollywood and Pigeon Forge are only about 30-40 minutes away from Tremont, so you can experience the best of both worlds!

Check out the special offers below.  And you can purchase your tickets at the Tremont Office, so there is no need to stand in line once you get to Dollywood or Splash Country.

Please be aware that the prices listed above INCLUDE Sales/Amusement Tax, so no extra add ons there.  For more information on Dollywood and Splash Country, please visit their website.  Dollywood is currently open and Splash Country opens the weekend of May 18th, so start making your plans now!  We can’t wait to see you here in Townsend:)

Spring Wildflower Workshop 2012 – The Wrap Up

Posted in photography workshops, Wildflowers with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

Spring definitely came early to East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year!  We knew that things were going to bloom earlier than normal, so we moved the Spring workshop to the second weekend in April instead of waiting until the end of April as we normally do.  Even having done that, we still had some trepidation that we would miss the peak bloom of the flowers that we were hoping to get to show our class. As it turned out, the good Lord was watching out for us on this as well as so many other things!  This was probably our best class to date when it came to being able to find the blooms we were looking for, and in abundance!  Add a class full of fantastic students and it was quite a memorable weekend. We had a full class along with a few ride-a-longs and a total of 3 instructors.  Here is our group shot at the end of the weekend… ImageAren’t they a handsome group??? After our meet and greet on Friday night, we started bright and early with breakfast together at Tremont and then we headed out to Jake’s Creek Trail at Elkmont.  We made one stop on the way right outside of Elkmont to get a few shots of this beautiful flame azalea… ImageThis is part of the class setting up to photograph the flower.  Here is the more impressive photograph though… the following is a beautiful shot from one of our students, Ron Sentell.

One of our instructors, Brett Wells, took this opportunity to put his Sigma 120-300 2.8 lens to the test.  He decided he didn’t need to cross the road to get the shot!…

Flame Azalea by Ron Sentell

On to Elkmont…

Showy Orchis by Ron Sentell

Rare all white variety of Showy Orchis. Photo by Gail Patton

Jack-in-the-pulpit

I can never find Jack-in-the-pulpits on my own.  I mean literally, someone has to directly point them out to me.  It’s a good thing we had Harold Patton with us because he is a master flower scouter!  Brett and I decided that these plants actually call out to him because he speaks their language:)  So glad he found the one pictured above! And one last picture from Elkmont before we move on… While the flowers are certainly the main attraction for this class, we find all kinds of treasures while we are out exploring.  This bridge going back to one of the old vacation homes on “Millionaire’s Row” in Elkmont  was one of my favorite discoveries.  It looks like it should be in a fairy tale…(activate imagination and insert story here) While we could have easily stayed at Elkmont all day, we had other territory to cover!  Pictured above is a good portion of our class making their way up one of our favorite trails that shall remain nameless here due to the rare blooms that can be found there.  Unfortunately, there are people who like to dig these plants up and try to take them home with them.  The plants end up dying and everyone else is deprived of enjoying their beauty and splendor, so we try to protect their locations.  Here is one of the treasures of this trail…

Yellow Ladyslipper by Ron Sentell

This particular flower is very rare and difficult to find.  So much so, that if you ask people, even if they know, they generally will not tell you because so many people steal them from the Park.  So, if you ever find one, be sure to try and cover your tracks when you leave:)  They really are beautiful though.  Here is a shot of several of our students working together to get the best pictures of this magnificent bloom. This trail is chock full of treasures.  Here is another one of our favorites… This is a Vasey Trillium.  Notice that the bloom on this plant is under the three leaves instead of on top of then.  The most interesting thing about this shot is that the trees overhead have already budded!  That is something that you normally don’t see when photographing Spring wildflowers because they have usually come and gone by the time the tree cover arrives.  However, due to our messed up weather this year, the two collided and we had brilliant spring green leaves on the trees, lots of undergrowth, AND wildflowers.  While it made some things a bit challenging, it was also absolutely gorgeous! Here is another shot of the Vasey Trillium…

Vasey Trillium taken by one of our instructors, Brett Wells.

So, after a long day out in the field, we went back to Tremont for a BBQ dinner from Little River BBQ which has become a tradition and a favorite.  After dinner, we went right into sharing and constructive criticism of images from everyone from the day.  It was great to get to see everyone’s different vision of the same subject matter!  We definitely had a group full of talented people and after our discussions about composition, metering, exposure, and being aware of your background (that blasted stick ruined a lot of really good images!), everyone started the next day off with new tools in their boxes:)

Brett leading a discussion about some images from the day in Tremont’s Rec Hall.

Wilson helping Gail pick out her best images from the day and giving some tips on how to edit them.

Sunday morning met us with an even earlier start than Saturday!  We split the class up into two groups on this day (only they had the option to choose which group they wanted to go with:)).  The Pattons, Brett, and I took one group into White Oak Sinks, which was an all day excursion and a little over a 5 mile hike round trip.  Wilson took the other group to Bud Ogle’s cabin and surrounding area and then they headed up top in search of trout lillies and wake robins.  It turned out that all of the group alumni went to White Oak Sinks and all of our newbies went with Wilson for the day.  It was a win-win either way you went because both groups had amazing days with spectacular finds!

If you have never hiked back into White Oak Sinks, it is definitely worth it!  The Sinks themselves are usually in peak bloom the second week of April, but with our wacky weather this year, we weren’t sure what we were going to find.  Turns out, they were a little past peak, but still beautiful, and you could still smell the sweet aroma of the phlox.  But the trail going into the Sinks, well, it was chock full of just about every wildflower that was in bloom in the Park!  And I’m not just talking about one or two of each species here and there.  You would see entire banks of Catesby Trillium, foamflower, bishops cap, mayapples, and the list goes on.  Here are a few favorites from the trail.  Ok, there are more than a few, but it was hard to narrow them down!

Fiddlehead fern

Star Chickweed by Ron Sentell

Pink Ladyslippers by Ron Sentell

Catesby Trillium by Gail Patton

Dwarf Crested Iris by Brett Wells

White Trillium by Brett Wells

Not really using my tripod to it’s fullest, but this is what you have to do sometimes to get the shot!

The sun coming up through some foamflower

Gail working with some Pink Ladyslippers

One of my favorite shots from the weekend…Harold, our flower whisperer, patiently waiting in the sun next to a Catesby trillium for all of us photographers to finish capturing our visions of God’s glory:)

Eric, getting low to get the shot!

“Don’t try this at home folks…” This is Brett caught in the act of trying to get the shot of this Catesby without actually bending his knees. While I don’t have the proof, I did actually see it on the back of his camera, and he did nail it! That takes some practice (and a little luck doesn’t hurt either!). While intriguing, not the method we recommend for students:)

Ron providing a little shade of his own for his shot of the Columbine!

Down in the Sinks…

Wild Geranium

While I don’t have as many pictures from the second group to share, they had a phenomenal day as well!  They spent a little more time in the car since they had to “go long” to get to the top of the mountain to find a few of the things they were looking for, but the payoff made it all worthwhile!  Here are a few shots from one of our first time students, Nancy Dill…

Wake Robin Trillium by Nancy Dill

Trout Lilly by Nancy Dill

Great job Nancy!  For those of you who are not familiar with trout lillies, they are tiny flowers (maybe 3-4 inches high) and the flowers point downward, so they are pretty hard to photograph!  Nancy’s picture makes it look like it was easy!  These two flowers in this particular spot usually don’t bloom until May, so the group was really excited to find them out so early!

Well, that just about wraps things up I guess.  If you would like to see more pictures from the wildflower class, please check out Tremont’s Facebook page here.  Our next photography workshop will be sometime in late October for the fall foliage.  So stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for the announcement if you think you might be interested in joining us for that workshop.  It fills up pretty quickly!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2012 Spring Wildflower Workshop.  We hope that you had as much fun as we did and that you learned something along the way!  We enjoyed seeing our old friends and meeting great new people that we hope will be back!  In the meantime, get outside, enjoy God’s wonderful creation, and take some pictures!

The Great Eggscursion!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 23, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

 

Tremont was privileged to host the annual Eggscursion of the Egg Camping Club this past weekend.  We had 72 Egg Campers in the Park!  What is an Egg Camper?  Well, take a look…

There are only a couple of manufacturers of this particular type of camper, so you mainly saw two brands as you walked through the park.  However, someone has just introduced a fifth-wheel version of the Egg camper and there was one of those at Tremont this weekend.

One of the organizers told me that this was one of their best attended rallies to date and that they had campers from 20 states and Canada in attendance!

They had activities planned all weekend.  It looked like one of the first ones was a yummy country cooking potluck at Tremont’s pavilion!

There was one camper at the rally that dated back to 1972!  I think this is a picture of the vintage camper…

If you are interested in learning more about Egg Campers, check out their website.  They are a great group of fun-loving folks!

Thanks so much for choosing Tremont Outdoor Resort for your Eggscursion this year.  We hope that you had a wonderful time and that we will see you again next year!

The Trout are on their way…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 25, 2012 by tremontoutdoorresort

It’s that time of year that many fishermen await – it’s trout stocking time in Tennessee!  That is really close to home for Tremont because the state of Tennessee stocks the Little River with trout, usually from the bridge going into Tremont Outdoor Resort.  So, we are up close and personal:)  That’s also a great spot to plunge in with your waders.

The trout stocking schedule shows that the first stocking for the Little River is to be the week of February 26th and then every other week after that until the week of June 17th.  In the past, they have usually stocked in the middle of the week around Wednesday, so we expect that to be the case this year as well, but if we discover that to be different, we’ll update you here.

Coupled with this good news is the unseasonably warm weather we have been having.  The high today is 50 degrees and later in the week we are supposed to get all the way up to 64 degrees!  Even though the weather will be nice and warm for late February and March, the water is still cold, so as a fisherman, you won’t have to worry about hooking any tubers that you would find floating down the river in the summer!  All that said, it is a PERFECT time to get away to the mountains and enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having a little bit early.

So, give Judi a call at 865-448-6363 to make your reservations and come join us in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!  Can’t you just smell the campfire now?