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Seeing the Light: A "Photowalk" in the Redwoods

Left to right: Redwood sorrel and coast redwood needles; Trillium Falls.
Left to right: Redwood sorrel and redwood needles; Trillium Falls
Rex and Peg Lavoie

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News Release Date: June 22, 2012
Contact: Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, 707-465-7765

Redwood National & State Parks (RNSP) invite you to join park volunteers and retired professional photographers Peg and Rex Lavoie for a special "photowalk" on the Trillium Falls Trail on Wednesday, June 27th  at 3 pm. Designed for amateur and professional photographers alike, Rex and Peg will provide helpful tips for taking better images in the old-growth redwood forest. Their photo walks are designed to help photographers improve their images with suggestions for better composition and improved understanding of camera functions and settings.

The walk will begin at 3 pm at the Trillium Falls trailhead, located at the Elk Meadow Day Use Area on Davison Road, about 5 miles north of Orick, CA. It is scheduled to last about two hours and cover about one mile round-trip. The trail is considered easy involving about 300 feet of elevation gain. Photographers are encouraged to bring a tripod and any other equipment that they can comfortably carry on the trail. 

To make this experience enjoyable and worthwhile for all that attend, this special activity is limited to ten participants. A smaller group size will enable Rex and Peg to devote proper attention to each photographer while reducing crowding on the trail. Additional photo walks will be scheduled throughout the summer. For reservations, directions and/or other information, please call the Kuchel Visitor Center between 9 am and 5 pm, every day, at 707-465-7765. 

Rex Lavoie is a Master of Photography, Master of Electronic Imaging and Photographic Craftsman, awarded by the Professional Photographers of America. Rex has won numerous awards for his commercial, portrait and landscape photography. Peg Lavoie is a Photographic Craftsman and received the Silver Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers of America as well as several Ohio State awards. Rex and Peg ran their own photography studio from 1976 until December 2008 when Rex and Peg closed the day-to-day operations to concentrate on nature and travel photography, teaching and volunteering at state and national parks around the country. The Ohio-based couple is currently serving as volunteers at Redwoods National and State Parks.

For reservations or more information, please call the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center at 707-465-7765. This News Release can also be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed in PDF format (146 KB)

Did You Know?

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Gray whales migrate just offshore along the California coastline as they travel from Alaska to Baja California; a 10,000-mile round trip journey. The best time to view these 45-foot marine mammals are December/January and March/April. Watch for their spouts that are shaped like a heart.