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Roan Mountain for Catawba Rhododendron

This is one of East TN's great spectacles. And according to the folks at the Roan Mountain State Park office today, we've timed it just right!

Plan is to meet at the top of the mountain in the Carver's Gap parking lot. That way, we can carpool "up" the rest of the way to the gardens. $3/vehicle. As always, please check back here the day before the event in case any last-minute adjustments have been made to this plan. Hoping for a nice foggy morning.

Nora and I will be staying in Johnson City with family the night before. For those driving up from the Knoxville area the morning of, please feel free to coordinate here on the site for carpooling. See you there!

Website for Roan Mountain State Park HERE.

In a natural setting of rich meadows of rare moss and heather, surrounded by forests of evergreen balsam, and crowned overhead by the bluest of blue skies, the gardens are breath-taking in their beauty. Towering above the Appalachian valleys, the gardens are often actually above the clouds, giving rise to the name "Cloudland."

And now a quote from Dr. Elisha Mitchell (for whom Mt. Mitchell is named)

"It is the most beautiful of the high mountains... with Carolina at its feet on one side and Tennessee on the other, and a green ocean of mountains rising in tremendous billows around her."

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  • Paul H.

    Okay, I have three proposals here for our upcoming winter weeks. You will see final or tentative dates for each soon.

    1. Assisting Knoxville's HELP-PORTRAIT effort this Saturday Dec 6th. More info posted shortly.
    2. Image sharing night. Each person's sharing will be brief and structured to keep everyone's interest. More info on this posted in the next couple weeks.
    3. Lightroom 101 session LIVE, where Q and A is welcome. More info on this posted in the next couple weeks.
    4. Other (stars atop smokies, bucks in cades cove, etc)

    1 · December 2, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Hi photo friends!
    Anyone have nature photo Meetup ideas for July? One suggestion was a lightpainting / caving excursion. Still getting my mind around the logistics of that one. More to come... Any other ideas in the meantime?

    3 · June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be glad to Paul... I have his phone # somewhere at home.... will check tonite or tomorrow for you.

      July 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sent email, can't find that phone #. BTW the owner is a photographer too so is very accommodating.

      July 5, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Any one know anything about milky way shooting. Clingmans Dome for that sounds interesting. Yes?

    July 1, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Don't forget a jacket tomorrow morning. It can be chilly up high. Woohoo!

    June 14, 2014

    • Michael S.

      Ohh and watch out for the cyclist! They are crazy!

      1 · June 14, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Glad you got to enjoy it Michael!

      June 23, 2014

  • Betty G.

    They were amazing. You really cannot believe they were not planted purposely.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Love these outings. Always looking forward to them. Thanks again Paul!

    June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful so far...Love that spider-web!

    June 15, 2014

  • Juan N.

    I always enjoy spending time with my fellow photographers!

    2 · June 15, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Paul, sent you my phone number just in case we need to talk. (I get lost and don't show up on time)

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Aaron F.

    Sorry, this is going to be my third meet-up I'm going miss! We are going to the lake house with some family.

    June 14, 2014

  • Pam R

    I would love to see the beautiful flowers but my father is in critical condition in the hospital.

    June 14, 2014

  • Shelley

    Is there significant hiking involved or when we meet at Carvers Gap Parking lot and carpool - are we virtually there....

    June 9, 2014

    • Shelley

      Ok so it is fine for older "fathers" who might want to come along.

      June 10, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Great idea

      June 13, 2014

  • Mark H.

    It's a 3 hour drive from Maryville. Looks like we are going to have to leave around 5 AM. Anyone have toothpicks so I can prop my eyelids open?

    June 10, 2014

    • Mark H.

      Betty, I will drop you an email with my phone number. Call me tonight after 7 if you can.

      June 11, 2014

    • Betty G.

      Will do, probably around 7:30.

      June 11, 2014

  • Ada Z.

    Is anybody interesting in going the night before and camp (all cabins in the park are booked)?

    June 9, 2014

    • Ada Z.

      Thanks Paul!

      June 10, 2014

    • Ada Z.

      Why are we approaching RMSP from the south? Just asking?

      June 10, 2014

  • Doug

    As soon as a date is arrived upon let us know. We'd love to come along. Roan Mountain is beautiful with or without a camera!

    1 · May 28, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Hi Doug. I hope the dates worked out for you. If so, see you there!

      June 10, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Seriously gonna do this on Father's Day? I won't make it.

    June 6, 2014

    • Paul H.

      2. June 15th is also NANPA's official nature photography day this year.

      June 10, 2014

    • Paul H.

      3. Meetups are family friendly. So those lucky enough to be Dad's are always welcome to bring families along to this great event. I am : )

      2 · June 10, 2014

  • Michael S.

    I'll have to go Saturday if the weather cooperates... They are calling for rain every day this week.
    Sunday I work in the morning and spending fathers day with family that evening

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this! Hubs works that afternoon and morning is the only time we can see our kids with their work schedules for Father's Day. Can't wait to see your images.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Patty P.

    Working again. I need a new job so I can have a life. anyone know any leads? :)

    June 9, 2014

  • Kristina P.

    I love hiking the Roan Highlands when the Catawba are blooming, but I just can't work it in this year. So sorry!

    June 7, 2014

  • Betty G.

    I am definitely sure that I would like to car pool with someone. Any offers?

    June 6, 2014

  • mike m.

    MAN I HOPE I AM IN TOWN !!!!

    June 6, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Woo hoo! This is a totally new place for me. Can't wait.

    June 6, 2014

  • Aaron F.

    YAY!!! I'm so excited!

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Mary T.

    Fingers crossed that the date doesn't have a conflict for me! Please post soon.

    1 · May 31, 2014

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