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2023 in Review: Sharing My Clients’ Photos

My Year in Review series kicks off in earnest with a collection of photos from my tour clients. This was my busiest year for tours in some time. At least I can say I had more clients than ever, and I thank them dearly for joining me on these wonderful adventures.

All photos below are posted with permission and remain the intellectual property of their original owners. Please respect their copyrights!

Bobcat by Jenny Loren

We started the year with a bang, with my winter Yellowstone tours. Despite reports to the contrary, the Yellowstone bobcat was NOT gone when we arrived… it was just hiding from the falling snow.

Bobcat by Steve Santel

Eventually, it descended the hill to return to its cached meal.

American bison by Jenny Loren

This big boy was steaming a bit in Hayden Valley. Jenny got down low to capture this intimidating portrait.

North American River Otter by Jenny Loren

Otters and other mustelids played a major role in the Yellowstone winter tours.

Long-tailed Weasel by Steve Santel

Steve’s photo of this long-tailed weasel won first place in the Wildlife category of Amateur Photographer’s annual contest!

Collared Aracari by Tim Valentine

Tim froze this berry toss from a Collared Aracari during my Costa Rica tour in late March.

Squirrel monkey by Aska Koziara

We were fortunate to see all four monkey species during the Costa Rica tour.

Squirrel monkey by Mei-An Raicer

The Central American squirrel monkeys gave us some of our best photo ops.

Golden-mantled Howler Monkeys by Pat Nowotny

We didn’t have many opportunities with howler monkeys, but Pat did well to capture this family portrait.

Pale-billed Woodpecker by Tim Valentine

We had three woodpeckers at this sighting, and I’m glad Tim was able to capture this backlit scene so well.

Ants by Aska Koziara

Aska captured this minimalist scene featuring a couple of tiny ants on a heliconia flower.

Three-toed sloth by Aska Koziara

I like Aska’s dark and moody interpretation of this young three-toed sloth.

Puma by Don Little

Since Don was the only one of my Patagonia clients to send photos from our May trip, he gets center stage with these lovely images.

Puma by Don Little

Torres del Paine National Park by Don Little

Such incredible scenery in Torres del Paine…


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American Bison by Amy Heinen

Amy was the only one of my spring Yellowstone clients who got me photos. Thanks, Amy!

Short-tailed weasel by Amy Heinen

This short-tailed weasel was the biggest surprise of the spring trip. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the species inside the park.

Brown bears by Jackie Curts

Jackie captured this fun scene at sunrise in Alaska during my brown bears tour. The photo landed in the Top 250 of the NANPA Showcase!

Brown Bear by Larry Myers

We were fortunate to have a few different low tide photo shoots in Lake Clark.

Brown Bears by April Lynne

It was a pleasure having April with me on multiple trips this year, including our bearful adventure in Alaska!

Brown bear family by Linda Haehnle

Linda also joined me on a couple different tours this year!

Brown bear cub by Jackie Curts

It was so much fun being around the young brown bear cubs during my Alaska tour.

Horned Puffin by Jackie Curts

Capturing flying puffins isn’t easy… Jackie pulled it off!

Lion family by Bill Richardson

It wasn’t until pretty late in my Zambia tour that we got some good lion encounters.

Lion family by Linda Haehnle

Linda captured one of the few frames of cubs interacting with Dad.

Chacma Baboon by Mary Hunt

This chacma baboon was carrying, er… precious cargo.

Lilac-breasted Roller by Steve Santel

Steve captured a few different birds-in-flight moments in Zambia. The Lilac-breasted Roller is a dream subject for this.

Common Warthog by April Lynne

One of the fun parts about the Zambia safari was the fact that our group was split into three vehicles… so we often saw different things. April was one of the few to capture such a nice warthog portrait.

Liz Johnson and a tiger fish

One of the great surprises of my Zambia tour occurred when Liz—an avid fishing enthusiast—was able to go out and catch a dream tiger fish (which she released) on the Zambezi River.

Aardvark by Mary Hunt

This may be giving away one of the surprises from Zambia (from which I have not yet published all photos)… but we had multiple aardvark sightings! Mary was the only person in the group that was on hand for all of them!

Southern Carmine Bee-eater by Pat Nowotny

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters were just returning to Zambia, and we had some wonderful sessions with them.

Hyena versus wild dogs by Bill Richardson

We witnessed some amazing interactions between African wild dogs and hyenas.

Chacma Baboon Family by Liz Johnson

In general, the baboon mothers we encountered were fairly shy, but this one stayed put… and Liz nailed the shot.

Sunrise over Danum Valley by Dan Waugh

In October I scouted Borneo with a couple of past clients (including my father). Dan captured this scene on our final morning, as the sun rose over the Danum Valley.

Rhinoceros Hornbill by Dan Waugh

The Rhinoceros Hornbill was very high on our wish list. Though we did manage to see all eight of Borneo’s hornbill species, we were very happy to have a pair of them stay close to us on this afternoon.

Glossy Swiftlets by Dan Waugh

It was very cool seeing a small colony of Glossy Swiftlets up close.

Western Tarsier by Dan Waugh

We were fortunate to find this adorable tarsier on our very first night in Borneo. Dan did well capturing this image, given the limited sight lines afforded to us.

Huge thanks again to all of my guests this year! If you’re interested in learning more about my upcoming tours, be sure to visit the Workshops and Tours page.


More Year in Review Content

My 2023 Favorites in Entertainment and Literature

My Not Quite Best of 2023

Sharing the Top Work of 2023 From My Peers

Best of 2023, Part 1: My Favorite Photos and Moments of the Year

Best of 2023, Part 2

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