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Elk and a Sunset

  • 09/26/2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Oconaluftee Visitor Center parking area


  • Members and visitors are invited to register.

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SANP Field Event

Elk and a Sunset


Leader: Dale Potter    Phone:  (865)-773-8114      E-mail:

Meeting place: Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Registration available:  Starting today

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This is a Sunday afternoon venture into the Smokies. Many of the weekend tourists will be leaving, which should allow us to have more opportunity to enjoy the elk at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  Bring your zoom lens and enjoy photographing the elk. Be prepared to do some walking to photograph the elk.  The walking will be on mostly flat terrain or roadway areas.  We should be in place to watch the elk as they will start arriving after we arrive and should stay out until dusk.  This area has a bull with one of the largest antler racks. Depending on where the elk are when we arrive will determine how much walking we will do to locate the elk. A friend of mine capture a mink in the water while waiting for the elk just recently.

For those interested around 6:15 pm, we will head up to Webb Overlook for the sunset.  Sunset is at 7:24, so we will try to be in place before sunset. Bring your wide angle lens for the sunset.  This overlook is on the North Carolina side and has plenty of parking.  We just need some clouds in the sky at sunset.

Learning opportunities: 

This is a good opportunity to practice your wildlife shooting with various lighting and then focus on a sunset.  If you are looking for the starburst effect with the sunset, you will want to consider using f/16 depending on your camera. 

What to wear:   Bring a jacket as the temperature will drop as the sun goes down.   

What to bring:  Camera, tripod, water, snacks and whatever you need to be comfortable photographing.  

Walking required: Walking to photographed the elk will be necessary as the elk could be moving from the different fields. It will be at a walking pace but might be a couple miles overall.  

How to find me:  Red Jeep Wrangler 

Driving directions:  Oconaluftee Visitor Center parking area.

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Mailing address: 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Ste 107A-231, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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