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Photo: The Green Tunnel, By Travis Bordley, Roan Highlands, North Carolina

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy presents a special photo exhibit on Capitol Hill as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legislative designation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail which recognized the Trail worthy of inclusion in the National Park System. The photo exhibit is on display in the U.S. Senate Russell Rotunda September 17-21.

Photo Left: Rewarded, By Jim Salge, Mount Washington, New Hampshire

The exhibit – titled “United by the Appalachian Trail” – features 17 striking images from professional and amateur photographers of varying backgrounds. Selections include:

  • An airy and wispy image of the Trail shaded by a canopy of interlaced tree branches by TRAVIS BORDLEY, who works seasonally on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina;
  • A black-and-white perspective from a snowfield on Mount Washington above the clouds by New Hampshire photographer and high school science teacher JIM SALGE;
  • A powerful photo of Army Rangers working on the Trail in Georgia by Forest Service archaeologist REBECCA BRUCE-VAUGHTERS;
  • An engaging up-close look at a red Yonahlossee salamander by honored Tennessee conservationist DAVID ARTHUR RAMSEY;
  • An ethereal and soft perspective of the steep and unforgiving Bigelow Range in Maine by well-known nature photographer JOHN R. ORCUTT; and
  • An alluring misty photo of a New Jersey boardwalk by photographer JACOB BRYANT.

Photo Right: Feet, By Ben Benvie, Anywhere on the Trail

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Other selections include:

  • The juxtaposition of the A.T.’s white blaze against working farmland in Cumberland Valley by Pennsylvania-based photographer LINDA NORMAN;
  • The image of a meditating monk by Maryland photographer and former Maryland park ranger TAMMY McCORKLE;
  • A compelling photo of one of the wild ponies in Grayson Highlands, Virginia by photographer JEFFREY STONER;
  • A black-and-white photo of some of the trail’s historic landmarks in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia by heritage photographer LUKE GREER;
  • A sparkling image of night skies above the A.T. by New York photographer JULIAN DIAMOND;
  • A dramatic photo of a hiker making the final push to summit Mount Kathadin by photographer and trail worker KOTY SAPP; and
  • A striking photo of battered, beat-up feet by Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Ben Benvie.
Following its showing on Capitol Hill, the exhibit is expected to tour in locations from Maine to Georgia, over the next two years.  Places and dates will be announced at a later time.  

Photo Left: Sunset View from Horseback Ridge, By David Arthur Ramsey, Unaka Mountain Wilderness, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

What: “United by the Appalachian Trail” photo exhibit
When: September 17-21, 2018 – Business hours
Where: U.S. Senate Russell Rotunda, Constitution & First Streets, Washington, D.C.