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What Gear is in Deb’s Pack

I’m often asked what gear I use.  Here’s what currently in my pack: (2) Canon EOS 7D Mark II dslr bodies Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Canon EF 70-2oomm f/2.8L IS USM Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon Extender EF 1.4x II Canon Extender EF 2x II Canon […]

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SPECIES UPDATE – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

UPDATED September 12, 2018: As of September 2018, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1000 species new to science and 9408 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 10408 species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This […]

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Share My Admiration for the Periodical Cicada

I’ve always felt a special fondness for the remarkable Periodical Cicada (genus Magicicada). The life history of this small critter is compelling with populations only appearing to us at 13 year or 17 year intervals. In May of 2008, I was fortunate to have witnessed the emergence of the 17-Year Periodical Cicada. They were identified […]

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Elk Reintroduction in the Smokies

DID YOU KNOW: This little male elk calf is a member of an elk  population making a comeback. As a result of over-hunting and habitat loss, this native species was nearing extinction throughout the Appalachian mountains and eastern United States. By 1900’s it was feared that the elk was nearing extinction throughout all of North […]

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“Macro” (close-up) Photography: Getting Up Close and Personal

One of the pleasures of having a compact digital camera  is being able to shoot lovely macro images without having to purchase additional lenses or accessories. If you haven’t experimented with this feature on your compact digital camera, do so. You’ll absolutely love it. It enables you to get very close to your subject and […]

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Organize and Archive: Getting a Handle On All Your Images

Organizing and archiving digital photos can be a bit tricky. But, it really doesn’t have to be. I travel a lot for the specific purpose of taking photos. When I get back home, I’ve got lots of images to transfer and organize. – Deb I use my photo organizing software (also known as digital asset […]

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Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics: Leave No Trace Principles

We’d like to thank the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for allowing us to post their Leave No Trace Principles here. To learn more about how you can minimize your impact when visiting wilderness areas, go to: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. – Cheers, DST Plan Ahead and Prepare: Know the […]

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Wildlife Photography: Part 2 … Tips to Get You Started

Exploring wilderness areas and viewing wildlife in all its varied forms is a thrilling experience. You have the opportunity to witness the intricacies of our natural environment and the interplay of species and habitats. What a delight! To capture any of it photographically is a special treat. No need to ask why I do it; […]

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Wildlife Photography Part 1 – Code of Ethics

Whether you’re out hiking in the backcountry or sightseeing from your car, having a chance encounter with wildlife is a magnificent and treasured moment. Watching little elk calves speed running zigzag among the herd or glimpsing a bear munching on glacier lilies are sights that captivate and inspire us all. – Deb For many however, […]

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