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One-day workshops offered in macro-photography, Cataloochee Valley culture

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering a couple of “Mountain Classroom” workshops in September that will focus on photography and on-site storytelling.

Kefyn Catley

Kefyn Catley

“Shooting Bugs! The Art and Science of Photographing Insects and Their Kin” is a one-day workshop in macro-photography that will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet WCU biology professor and avid photographer Kefyn Catley at 9 a.m. in Room 143 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building for a morning discussion, followed by a two-hour field trip. The workshop will focus on the basics of macro-photography, equipment, close-up flash, field techniques and knowledge of how to make successful images. Participants are asked to bring their own DSLR camera and equipment.

“A Day in Big Cataloochee” will be a hiking tour in Great Smoky Mountains National Park guided by Asheville author Wayne Caldwell, who is widely recognized for his rich Appalachian knowledge, award-winning short stories and two novels. The workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will meet Caldwell in front of the Cordelia Camp Building at 9 a.m. for a one-hour ride to the park. Guided by Caldwell’s tales of the history and culture of Cataloochee Valley, the group will visit the Jarvis Palmer house and barn and the Beech Grove Schoolhouse, and will eat lunch at Hiram Caldwell house. Then, participants will make the two-mile round-trip hike to the Palmer Chapel Church, where Caldwell will read from his 2007 novel, “Cataloochee.” The class is open to hikers of any level, as the trail is not strenuous.

Both classes are $69 each. For more information and to register, visit or call 828-227-7397.

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