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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 18, 2001
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks to host nature photography workshops

(RICHMOND, VA.)-- All the natural beauty of Virginia State Parks will be on display at three fall nature photography workshops, taught by award-winning professional photographers Bill and Linda Lane and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Shutterbugs of all abilities can learn to work with natural light in the beauty of nature's studio. These learning vacations are filled with hands-on instruction in the field, question and answer sessions, demonstrations and plenty of one-on-one assistance.

Nature photography workshops will be held at Douthat State Park, Sept. 21-23, Hungry Mother State Park, Oct. 12-14 and False Cape State Park, Oct. 26-28. The cost of the two-day, weekend workshops includes lodging and meals.

Douthat State Park, Clifton Forge, Va.
Sept. 21-23
With Virginia's breathtaking mountain scenery as a backdrop, a 50-acre lake and miles of trails to scenic overlooks, Douthat State Park is an outdoor photographer's dream. Lodging is provided in Douthat's cabins, which offer kitchens, bathrooms, linens, heating and air conditioning. The cost is $275 per person.

Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, Va.
Oct. 12-14
Deep in the heart of the southwestern Blue Ridge highlands, with breathtaking views, a 108-acre lake and many streams, this is an ideal location to capture autumn's vibrant colors. Lodging will be in the park's modern cabins, which offer kitchens, bathrooms,
linens, heating and air conditioning. The $275 per person cost includes side trips to a series of cascading streams and small waterfalls as well as to one of the highest peaks in Virginia.

False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Oct. 26-28
Nestled between Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and North Carolina's Outer Banks, this remote park is the perfect place to study wildlife photography and the spectacular fall migration of songbirds, water fowl and birds of prey. The workshop begins Friday at 4 p.m. at the Little Island Recreation Area, where you'll leave your car and ride a private bus to the park. Lodging will be in the dorm-style Washwood Environmental Education Center. The cost is $275 per person.

Bill Lane's work has been featured in Sierra Club magazine, Virginia Wildlife, Style Weekly, Outdoor and Travel Photography and the Richmond Times Dispatch. His many awards include the Sierra Club's prestigious National Photography Contest, and he has participated in several group exhibitions. Lane is a frequent lecturer and photography contest judge.

Space in the workshops is limited, and reservations are now being accepted. For more information about the workshops, call Linda Lane at (804) 883-7740.

For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations for a photography workshop, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK or in Richmond (804) 225-3867.

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