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Blue Ridge – Ancient & Majestic – Presentation for the Eastman Camera Club – Feb. 11th

The program will be in Room 219 in the Toy F. Reed Employee Center (Building 310) in Kingsport at 7:00 PM.  No charge for ERC pass holders.  Guest’s tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

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North Carolina Coastal Landscapes and Wildlife Workshop – a great success!

This workshop started off with a loud BANG (or series of goose calls)! Richard, me, our participants, and about 200,000 snow geese, it was a truly humbling experience.

Here’s a few still images from the scouting days before the workshop. I’ll make another post with images taken during the workshop in a few days. Also, stop by http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com and see other images taken by me and co-instructor Richard Bernabe.

Richard and I will be offering this workshop again next year, so stay tuned! We will be posting the dates very soon!

Tundra swans in flight, Pungo Unit, Pocosin Lakes NWF, NC

Sunset and tundra swans on Pungo Lake, Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC

Tundra swans in flight, Pungo Unit, Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC

Snow geese taking flight, Pungo Unit, Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC

Snow geese taking flight, Pungo Unit, Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC

Snow geese taking flight, Pungo Unit, Pocosin Lakes NWR, NC

TS-E 24mm f3.5L II (tilt-shift) Lens Review

I have a new lens review on the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II at http://mountaintrailphoto.com/article_canon%2024%20TSE%20lens_review.htm Check it out!

Roan Massif and the Race to Preserve it

 

Great Pyrenees tending to the flock, Baa-tany Goat Program, Roan Highlands 

The Roan Massif, which includes the longest continuous stretch of high-mountain grassy balds in the Southern Appalachians, sits along the borders of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Also Roan Massif contains in one of the most dense stands of coniferous forests in the southern Appalachians, and most notably, the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden. The combination of geology, topography and climate results in one of the most diverse displays of plant and animal species in the entire Southern Appalachian range. The Roan Massif is home to a host of threatened and endangered plants like the beautiful Gray’s lily, Roan Mountain bluet and spreading avens. Many other rare species, from the pygmy salamander, spruce-fir moss spider, and the northern saw-whet owl, add to its natural abundance. The Roan Massif is globally-rare, critically imperiled plant communities with a global rank of G1, the rarest ranking available. 

Angora wether, a castrated male sheep, Baa-tany Goat Program, restoring the Roan's western grassy bald corridors, Roan Highlands                             

 Over the past 100+ years the forests have been encroaching on the open grassy balds. Threatening to erase these wonderful sky islands from their very existence. Botanists like Jamey Donaldson, Project Coordinator and research botanist, believe that the decline of the balds is due to changes in soil and climate and the loss of large herbivores, all of these factors make them more welcoming to the woody plant incursions such as the main target, the Canada blackberry. Estimates suggest that more than 75% of Roan’s Grassy Balds have disappeared in less than 100 years with most of the loss occurring in the last 50 years.  

The Baa-tany Goat Project uses Angora goats as a surrogate for the absent herbivores and also offers the scientific study of the program. This experimental program is operating under a special use permit and volunteer agreement with the USDA Forest Service. Goats were chosen because they prefer to eat woody plants rather than the grasses. The goats are restoring a natural process that has been absent on the balds for decades. 

Angoras are a fiber goat (source of mohair) rather than a meat or dairy goat. More than half of the goats were donated by a northern Virginia woman who preferred giving her friends a retirement plan rather than sending them to market and ultimately being slaughter. Todd Eastin, a partner in this project, donated the remaining goats. All the goats that went up on the balds are guaranteed a retirement plan and will be taken care of for the rest of their lives. 

The success of this programs relies on good research and the funding to sustain the welfare of the main subjects, the Angoras. Oh, and we don’t want to forget the wonderful caretakers and security guards of the goats, brothers Ian and Baxter, the resident Great Pyrenees. Please feel free to visit the Angoras, Ian and Baxter, Todd and Jamey. Also, please visit www.friendsofroanmtn.org and adopt one or even more of the Angoras. Even though the program has sponsors and received grants it is not enough to ensure that the program will continue. The Baa-tany Goat Program needs your help so please visit the Friends of Roan website, download and fill out the adoption form, write a check and send it in. Lets insure the continuation of this great program to restore and maintain the wonderful Roan balds for generations to come.

 Angora kid on the job, Baa-tany Goat Program, restoring the Roan's western grassy bald corridors, Roan Highlands

Changes! Many changes indeed!

Yes, I’m working day and night to wrap up my book project by the second week of August.  A more than 6-year project is finally coming to an end, well for the making of the book that is. After it becomes ink on paper then comes the many hours, days, weeks and months of promotion. It will be nice to have the ability and the time to write and post to my blog more often. I’ve certainly not had the time to post for the past few months. Also, for those that may have not visited my new PhotoShelter site, stop by for a look. There are still many more images to upload and a few customizations to go but it is pretty well laid out like I want it. No crazy flash, just a simple and eligant design with the ability to sell prints and stock (high resolution download from site) directly from the site. Thanks for stopping by and I will have a new post with images from my latest trip this past weekend very soon!

Whiteoak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve been so busy that I have not posted to the blog in weeks. I do apologize and I can only promise that it will get better. My Blue Ridge book project is coming down to the wire and I’m just doing all I can to fill in those areas that I’m missing but feel that they need to be represented. Please bear with me, I have about six weeks before the shooting is finished and the design phase really gets cooking. Anyway, I have a little time tonight and I thought that I would post some of my new images taken over the past few weeks. These are from my trip to Whiteoak Canyon in the Shenandoah National Park.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! Feel free to comment and enjoy the photographs.

Jerry

Spring forest and canyon walls, Whiteoak Canyon, Shenandoah Nati

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Spring flow, Whiteoak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Goodbye Winter!

Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted to my blog and please accept my apologies for my negligence. It has been a very busy few months with all of the new books and calendars that we are releasing at Mountain Trail Press. Also, having a 13-month old little girl takes a lot of my free time. So, with this post I thought that I would post a few of my favorite winter images that I’ve taken over these cold months. Let me know what you like or dislike about the images. Thanks in advance for your responses.

Snowy beech forest, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

This photograph was taken in the Cherokee National Forest during one our best snowstorms of the season. I wish that we could’ve had a few more inches and a few extra days to shoot it. This next image is the same area, I’m enamored with the winter beech leaves!

Snow accentuates the winter beech trees, Cherokee National Fores

How about another!

Snow blankets the forest along Rocky Fork, Unicoi County, Tennes

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