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Hurricane, drought, wildfires, abbreviated Appalachian Trail hike. An interesting autumn this year...

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter End of 2016 edition.

My last newsletter announced the postponement of the Only in Florida presentation at Lyonia Environmental Center following Hurricane Matthew which brushed the Fun Coast of Florida. That Deltona presentation has now been rescheduled for Sat. January 7 at 1pm. Only in Florida will also be the program for both the Tarflower and Lyonia chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society in January. These will be Tuesday Jan. 3 for Tarflower at Leu Gardens in Orlando and Tue. Jan 17 for Lyonia at Stetson University in DeLand.
For more information on these and other events please check out the Wild Florida Photo events page for all upcoming programs, festivals and exhibits featuring the Nature Photography of Paul Rebmann.

Over Halloween weekend and the first week of November I started what was planned to be an almost 70 mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Starting at Dick's Creek Gap in Georgia, my friend Daniel and I hiked into North Carolina. An extended drought in the southern Appalachians this fall made finding water a bit more challenging than usual, but we were soon to learn that that wasn't the only ramification. During the hike we watched a wildfire advancing down a mountain a little farther each day, later finding out that this was the Boteler Fire about halfway between Murphy and Franklin, NC that started on October 25.
Boteler Fire on Oct. 31 as seen from Standing Indian Mountain
Boteler Fire as seen from Standing Indian Mountain on Oct. 31
On the fifth day our hike was interrupted by the Knob Fire, forcing us off the trail at Wallace Gap where we walked down the road and lucked into a shuttle van that was dropping off other hikers.
Appalachian Trail closed sign at Wallace Gap
Appalachian Trail closed sign at Wallace Gap
After spending the night in Franklin, we were all ready to start back up on the other side of the fire when I found out that the last portion of our planned hike was closed due to a new wildfire, and that there was another one near where we would be hiking, so this AT hike was abandoned after 37 miles and we went day hiking in the Smoky Mountains National Park. This was just the beginning of an active wildfire season for the southern Appalachians that climaxed with the terrible Sevier County fires that burned parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in late November.

One of the images in the Only in Florida exhibit and program is Clasping Warea, the subject of the latest Paul Rebmann Photography Blog post.
Clasping Warea by Paul Rebmann

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A solo exhibition of Paul Rebmann photographs titled Only in Florida is on display at the Lyonia Gallery in Deltona through Jan 8, 2017. (Note this date changed since this newsletter was sent out.)
For more information and a preview of the exhibit see Only in Florida at Wild Florida Photo.
All of the images from the exhibit and more photographs of Florida endemics can be purchased online at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Only in Florida online sales gallery.
After the Lyonia Gallery, the exhibit will be in the Kimbell Center Art Gallery at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Feb. 13 through March 4.

Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Paul Rebmann
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