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Online registration begins Wednesday for Grandfather Mountain's annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for May 29-31.

The event features presentations from five renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly but competitive photo contest.

The featured presenters for 2015 — Justin Black, Brian Call, Vinny Colucci, David Marx and Alistair Nicol — come from across the nation and will speak on a variety of photography topics encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of the craft.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at Find YourPark.com.

Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place—it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

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Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.

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The Rabun County Tourist Development Authority (RCTDA) plans to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 walk across Tallulah Gorge with 10 days of events designed to showcase the county and neighboring region.

The June 18-29 Tallulah Gorge Skywalk Celebration will go on as scheduled, even though the main attraction, aerialist Nik Wallenda and great grandson of Karl Wallenda, has postponed his high wire walk across the Gorge for now. A personal appearance by the aerialist has not been ruled out by the RCTDA, even though there is no date or time for such an appearance on the Tallulah Gorge Skywalk Celebration web page at present. The page link went live last Thursday from the TDA website Explore Rabun.com. Each event requires registration and will have its own ticket price ranging from $15 to $95.

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