Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers

Upcoming events

    • 10/23/2021
    • 7:30 AM
    • Greenbrier Ranger Station GSMNP

    SANP Field Event

    Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades in the Fall

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


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

    Meeting place: Greenbrier Ranger Station GSMNP

    Time:  7:30 am

    Registration available:  Beginning today 

    Description:  We will take the shorter route to the falls instead of the longer trail we took this summer. This will be an off trail adventure for those who want to visit some cascades that most do not get to see. There will be one stream crossing which should be easily managed. You may want water shoes, but you may just want to enjoy rockhopping.  Have you visited  Alpenrose Falls, Kurume Falls, Glenn Dale Falls, Mountain Laurel Falls, Pinxter Falls, Rhodora Falls, & finally Oldhamii Fall?  These cascades are collectively known as Rhododendron Creek Falls.  The names of the falls vary depending on who you are talking to. Do not expect me to be able to tell you the names of the falls. I only promise to get you in and out of the area.

    You can visit Jerry Whaley's description of the area starting at page 44 here and see some of his pics of the area.
    For more information about the area vist this page as they 

    Learning opportunities: 

    This is a good location to work on your technique for obtaining pleasing images of waterfalls and water.

    How to meter for the best exposure

    How to interpret the histogram for the best exposure.

    What shutter speeds to use for the look you want

    How to use polarizers and neutral density filters

    Lenses of any focal length from 20mm to about 300mm will be useful. Tripod…..mandatory for your best waterfall photographs.

    What to wear: Dress for the weather.  You may want shoes that you can walk out in the stream to get the image you want.

    What to bring:  Bring snacks, and water. 

    Walking required: The trail is an easy to moderate at a minimum about 3 miles round trip.  Moderate Elevation.  This will be at a walking pace with plenty of stops for the Cascades.   

    Driving directions: Greenbrier Ranger Station off of Highway 321. It will be on your right about a mile off 321.  This is the same road that one takes for Ramsay Cascades and Porters Creek.  Google Maps or Waze should get you there.

    • 10/26/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom video meeting - SANP club members do not need to register. Guests must register to receive the Zoom link in email.

    Join us on October 26 for our monthly club meeting, which will be virtual on Zoom (the Watershed Building is not available). Visiting time starts around 6:45. The program, featuring SANP member and past president Ron McConathy, begins at 7 pm. Ron will present a program he calls “My Photographic Journey During COVID-19.” Here is Ron’s description of the program:

    "I will discuss some photographic techniques I tried over the last 20 months and show images made during that time while I stayed home to avoid exposure to COVID-19. I am blessed to live on 24 acres of varied habitats which provide numerous photographic opportunities that I learned to love. During this time I explored several new-to-me photographic techniques and used a variety of photographic equipment. I hope this presentation will be an inspiration for others to explore the areas around their homes and to make images under different conditions and moods that express their creativity and love of photography."

    See Ron’s bio. The photo above is one of Ron's focus stacked images.

    SANP members do not need to register to join the Zoom session. The link will be emailed to all members on Sunday, Oct 24. Guests who are not SANP club members and wish to join the Zoom session must register to receive the Zoom link via email.

Past events

10/13/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 3
10/02/2021 Cataloochee, Elk, Palmer Chapel and Old Homes
09/30/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop--take 2
09/28/2021 September Meeting with Kendall Chiles
09/26/2021 Elk and a Sunset
09/23/2021 Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower
09/11/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
08/31/2021 August Meeting with Roger Trentham
08/28/2021 Cades Cove Early Morning Visit
08/14/2021 Heritage Center Greenway Powerhouse Trail
08/07/2021 Sunrise from Clingmans Dome
07/31/2021 TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find
07/28/2021 Focus Stacking Workshop
07/27/2021 July Meeting with Mike Matthews
07/24/2021 Dragon Flies, Bees and Flowers,etc
07/17/2021 Sunflowers, Birds, Caterpillars, & Bees
07/09/2021 Milky Way Photography - Foothills Parkway
06/29/2021 June Meeting with David Swindler
06/19/2021 Rhododendron Creek Trail Cascades
06/12/2021 Lost Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls plus, Twin Falls
05/25/2021 May Meeting with Darrell Gulin, a Canon Explorer's of Light
05/15/2021 Indian Flat Waterfalls GSMNP
05/08/2021 2 in 1, Sunrise at Luftee and Mingus Mill
05/01/2021 Mouse Creek Falls and Midnight Hole Waterfalls
04/27/2021 April 27 Meeting: Interpretive Photography In America’s National Parks
04/25/2021 Potluck Wildflowers
04/18/2021 Frozen Head Wildflowers
04/17/2021 Norris Dam Wildflowers
04/10/2021 Night Skyscapes Photography
03/30/2021 March 30 Meeting with Richard Bernabe
03/06/2021 What to do in March? Sunrise
02/23/2021 February 2021 Meeting--2021 Salon Reveal
02/20/2021 Little Pigeon River in Black & White
01/26/2021 January 26 Meeting Features Adam Jones
01/23/2021 Sandhill Cranes at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Area
11/24/2020 SANP November Zoom Meeting with Tony Sweet
10/31/2020 Sunrise and Fall Foliage Event - Missing Link, Foothills Parkway, GSMNP
10/27/2020 October Club Meeting - Tim Grey Presentation: Workflow Tips for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop
10/24/2020 Morning on the Foothills Parkway and GSMNP
09/29/2020 September 29 Club Meeting
08/25/2020 August 25 Club Meeting

Contacts:     Ed Stickle, President       Brad Cottrell, Membership       Website (

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