Winter waterfalls and rivers, Jan. 10

Published 10:00 pm Monday, January 5, 2015

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) invite the public to attend a free photo presentation on winter waterfalls and rivers presented by Cynthia Terwilliger. The program will be held at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve on Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Cynthia Terwilliger has a special way of looking at the world. Her images remind us that we, too, are part of nature, that life is precious and orderly, and that our days are regulated by a universal power. She captures that innate knowledge that we are intrinsically part of it all.

Her keen eye for composition and a real feeling for the beauty and symmetry in nature make her photography unique and beautiful. She has been photographing in 35mm format since 1969 and digital format since 2005, studying under well-known photographers such as Helen Longest Saccone and Art Wolf. Her images have won several honors in photography contests and have hung in the Grand Hotel and Quorum Art Gallery on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in the First National Bank in Palm Beach, The Tequesta Art Gallery in Florida, as well as the Dreher Park Zoo in West Palm Beach and Florida’s Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.

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Terwilliger invites the public to “Come away awhile, past the concrete and the cars, out beyond the boundaries of everyday life. Pause to look – beyond the confines of time, into the frozen rivers – and find yourself.”

The indoor portion of this program will be followed by an approximately three-mile, moderate walk to a Walnut Falls, a waterfall on the Preserve grounds (weather permitting). If you plan on walking to Walnut Falls, please dress appropriately and bring your cameras, if you like, as well as anything else you might need while on the walk (water, snacks, medication, etc.).

To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the Tryon and Columbus area, take Hwy 108 E and turn left on Hwy 9 toward Lake Lure. Follow Hwy 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go one mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 2/10ths of a mile and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 4/10ths of a mile and turn left on Herbarium Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left onto Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the nature center.

For more information or directions from another location, contact the Pacolet Area Conservancy at 828-859-5060 or e-mail

For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). Thank you.

This PAC/WCP program is made possible by a grant from Delores Lastinger.

-Submitted by Pam Torlina