Feb 152013

This weekend Petrified Forest National Park will be offering the first of three opportunities for visitors to see the park through the lens of a camera. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, the park will host a free program for beginning and intermediate photographers.
Join volunteer ranger and experienced photographer Leandra Melgreen Lewis for a walk to discover photo opportunities in the great outdoor classroom of Petrified Forest National Park. Participants will meet at the Rainbow Forest Museum at the south end of the park and walk through Jasper Forest, which offers colorful formations, petrified wood and boulders scattered about the Jasper area. Photo techniques will be discussed along with suggested exercises to open up new visual opportunities for point and shoot and digital SLR photographers.
Other walks include one on Saturday, Feb. 23, to Crystal Forest and another on Saturday, March 2, to Long Logs, both leaving at 1 p.m. from the Rainbow Forest Museum.
Participants are asked to come prepared, as exposure to elements may include mud, ice, cold weather and the sun. Wear appropriate layered clothing and footwear, and bring sunscreen, food and water. Bring camera manuals, tripods and cable release. All walks are easy to moderate and range from one to three miles. For more information, call (928) 524-6228, ext. 264.