Merry Lea to host Nature Photography Workshop Oct. 11-13

For veteran photographers Paul McAfee, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Dave Dornberg, Munster, Ind., a nature photography workshop is about more than just pretty pictures: it’s an opportunity to help people understand and appreciate the land they live on. Dornberg and McAfee will serve as instructors for a nature photography workshop October 11-13 at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind. The workshop is timed to coincide with the peak of fall color at this 1,189-acre nature center. Two instructors and a small group size make it possible for photographers of all levels to benefit.

Participants alternate between illustrated lectures, critiques and shooting outdoors amidst Merry Lea’s rich diversity of ecosystems. The center is particularly known for its wetlands.

“Through my images, I try to show people that the environment is worth protecting for future generations,” Dornberg explains. McAfee concurs. He has been involved with the Little River Wetland Project in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, and has led numerous birding trips.

Dornberg’s favorite subjects in nature are macro shots of insects and all forms of water: ice, snowflakes and of course liquid. McAfee, an avid birder, favors birds. He has been published in magazines such as Birds & Blooms and Birder’s World.

For a schedule and registration form, call 260-799-5869 or see The registration fee of $250 includes instruction and meals from Thursday evening October 11 through Saturday evening, October 13. The registration deadline is October 1.