Here’s the latest on my upcoming photo tours that still have space available. A couple of 2019 tours have a few spots left, and pricing and dates have been finalized for some exciting 2020 trips!
Pumas of Patagonia Photo Tour
May 4 – 11, 2019: $7690 per person, based on double occupancy
Come face to face with the Americas’ most elusive major predator: the puma!
The Wild Pumas of Patagonia photo tour will take you to heart of puma country in the rugged mountains of southern Chile. You’ll have an opportunity to track wild mountain lions in their natural environment, photographing them amidst the rolling hills and dramatic peaks of the southern Andes.
Thanks to a team of expert guides and trackers, our chance to get puma photos is virtually guaranteed. Our experienced tracking team has become familiar with many of these cats over the years, so they have insight into the different cats’ territories and behaviors, which only increases our chances of encountering a puma in the wild.
This week-long photo tour will be based both in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and on private land bordering the park. Thanks to an agreement with the land owner, our guided tour group will have greater flexibility to explore the estancia neighboring the national park, which gives us even better chances to see and photograph pumas up close.
In addition to pumas, we’ll be on the lookout for other wildlife and landscape photo opportunities during the week.
Yellowstone Spring Wildlife Photo Tour
June 2 – 8, 2019: $3325 per person, based on double occupancy
Join me on a one week photo adventure in the world’s first national park. This is a peak wildlife photography period in Yellowstone. Our targets include newborn animals (bison and elk calves, bear cubs), predators seeking out old winter kills and birds that are nesting or migrating through.
I will serve as your driver, guide and adviser on this adventure. Though this is primarily a tour rather than a hard-core workshop, I will be on hand to shoot alongside you and advise you as needed as you photograph Yellowstone’s great variety of subject matter.
This is the one tour I run every year, and it’s also the most affordable tour option I offer, so if you’ve never participated in a photo tour before, it’s a great option!
San Juan Island Fox Photo Tour
June 17 – 18, 2019: Price TBD based on number of participants
I currently have a couple spots open on a local fox photography tour scheduled for June 17 & 18. We will head up to the San Juan Islands to look for the colorful red foxes. These foxes are somewhat habituated to human presence, making for some nice photo opportunities. The kits will be growing and by June will be coming out of their dens more often. These foxes come in a variety of fur colors, from orange to black to gray, and even brown.
After arriving on the island, we will spend our first afternoon looking for foxes, followed by a morning session the next day. Participants have the option of adding an orca watching/photography excursion, or staying on by themselves for additional days. The price of this tour will depend on the total number of participants.
Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour
January 18 – 25, 2020: $4380pp based on double occupancy
I’ll be leading my next Yellowstone winter adventure in January. These tours are limited to only four participants, so you’ll want to grab one of the remaining spots soon. This tour will be split between the remote park interior—accessed via a privately-chartered snow coach—and the northern range.
Yellowstone is beautiful in winter, so we’ll definitely be taking time to enjoy and photograph the winter scenery in addition to any potential wildlife that crosses our path. Exploring the interior means we’ll have a chance to access some of the southern thermal areas, in addition to Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Winter wildlife subjects could include: gray wolf, red fox, coyote, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, river otters, eagles, owls and more.
Brazil Pantanal + Amazon Photo Tour
July 13 – 23, 2020: $12,995pp based on double occupancy
This is going to be a special trip. Lots of Brazil photo tours travel to the Pantanal, the land of the jaguar, but few include a stop in the Brazilian Amazon as well. I first ran this tour in 2018 with the Amazon as an optional extension, but that part was so good that I’ve chosen to expand this into one big trip. It combines the best of both regions.
In the Amazon we’ll be based at a luxury jungle lodge, centered in an incredibly diverse area. We’ll have opportunities to explore jungle trails on foot, rivers by boat and to station ourselves in two 50+ meter canopy towers. This region is home to several primate species, including a couple of endangered Brazilian endemics, and other rarities (in 2018 we found the super rare giant armadillo). Bird life is off the charts, with multiple species of macaws, toucans, owls and other birdlife around.
The second part of the trip is based in the Pantanal. This area is rightly known as the best place in the world to see wild jaguars, but it boasts a wide range of other animals. From anteaters to otters, from herons to kingfishers, the Pantanal is a wonderful place for wildlife photography. We will wrap up this trip with 3+ days in jaguar territory, concentrating on finding these big cats as they patrol the rivers near Porto Jofre.
Alaska Brown Bears Photo Tour
September 11 – 17, 2020: $5849pp based on double occupancy
I’ll be leading a trip to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska in September next year. This is one of the few tours I run that’s focused largely on one species of animal, but the bear photography in Lake Clark is pretty great.
We’ll stay in a lovely lodge close to the ocean. Being the end of the tourist season, we’ll be contending with far fewer visitors to this area. The other lodges will be closed and day trips to the park have mostly ended. So we’ll have more time with the bears in a quiet setting. We may get to see some late season fishing behavior (that depends on the salmon more than the bears), and grazing and foraging along the beach and in the colorful grassy meadows on the edge of the forest. There is other wildlife here. There are chances to see foxes, wolves, eagles and other raptors.
Stay tuned for other potential additions to the 2020 slate. And remember to check out all of the available tours on the Workshops & Tours page.