Travel Photos, Trip Summaries and Information
This is an archive of past trips I’ve taken for fun, photography or otherwise. Most of these trips are concentrated overseas, but occasionally I get around within North America as well. This is not a photo archive. Merely a resource for any written information I have provided on various destinations. If you have any questions or would like advice on destinations I’ve visited, please contact me.
If you want to see more photos, including images from places not listed on this page, please visit the photo archive.
Featured Destination: Yellowstone
It’s not much of a secret that I love Yellowstone National Park. I first traveled there as a youngster in 1988, right before the big fires decimated much of the landscape. By the time I returned a decade later, Yellowstone was in the midst of recovery, and the new growth that sprung from those fires is apparent to this day.
I didn’t begin visiting Yellowstone for photography until the year 2000, and have been back every year since. It’s turned into my favorite destination for wildlife photography. With over a decade’s worth of exploration, I’ve come to know the park pretty well, and have learned plenty of lessons: what to pack, what camera gear to take and where to find the animals!
I think back to my first visits to Yellowstone and remember wishing I had a better idea of what I was getting into, so over the years I’ve compiled a lot of useful information for visitors.
From the Blog
May 26, 2017 My annual spring Yellowstone trip began at 5:15 Friday morning, when I left Seattle for the...May 27, 2017
A few years ago I posted about this topic on Facebook, as I feel it’s an important piece of...May 25, 2017
Back when I started making more frequent trips to Yellowstone, either on my own or with friends, I would...May 19, 2017
Of the so-called Big Cats, the snow leopard is among the rarest and most mysterious. It’s also been the...May 9, 2017
Here is the latest on my upcoming tour schedule for 2017 and beyond. I’m adding some brand new tours...May 2, 2017
On April 14th I was driving through Yellowstone and happened upon one of those rare spots where AT&T Wireless...April 25, 2017
April 19, 2017 I’ve obviously established a pattern of missing mornings in the park. Something I wanted to break...April 21, 2017
April 16, 2017 Well, this is no good. I previously wrote up the report for Sunday, and it disappeared! ...April 19, 2017
April 13, 2017 Another day off from the park, and once again it was a beautiful one. I seem...April 15, 2017
April 10, 2017 We stayed in Monday morning, but managed to get ready to hit the road following lunch. ...April 12, 2017
April 8 Having gone into the park the last two mornings, I planned on staying in on Saturday. But...April 9, 2017
April 6, 2017 This trip is a bit different from my past trips to the park. It has been...April 7, 2017
I’ve visited South Africa a few times now (including leading a tour in 2014), and all of the trips were excellent. In 2010 we explored Kruger National Park and the private game reserves at MalaMala and Elephant Plains. In 2012 we ventured west to visit Mokala and Kgalagadi Parks before returning to MalaMala and Elephant Plains and in 2014 my photo tour explored Kruger and MalaMala again.
In 2006 I traveled to Ecuador to experience three different natural environments: the cloud forest, the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. It was an eventful trip, with highs and lows. My 2015 return to the Galapagos was great fun.
In 2009 I visited the Great Bear Rainforest for the first time. It was an excellent trip highlighted by the rare spirit bear, other black and grizzly bears, and excellent humpback whale viewing. I’ve been back three more times since.
I made my first trip to Patagonia in December 2009 and January 2010. This was intended as the first leg of our honeymoon, but naturally much of the focus was the wildlife and scenery of this spectacular area that occupies the southern ends of Argentina and Chile. I returned in 2016 scout for pumas.
Asia and Oceania
I visited Australia for the first time in 2016. It was a short trip, but we covered a lot of ground, visiting Sydney, Tasmania and Western Australia.
In 2003 I took a short trip to China, spending time in Beijing, Shanghai and on the Yangtze River (prior to the completion of the Three Gorges Dam). I kept a journal during the trip, which is transcribed here.
In 2009 I visited New Zealand for the second time, this time to get married. During our two weeks there, we explored much of the South Island, from Christchurch to Queenstown to the west coast, finishing in Kaikoura.
In 2006 I made my third trip to the UK, and by far the longest. On this trip we ventured north to Yorkshire and then Scotland, including the Highlands and the Orkney Isles. We were lucky with the weather, but unlucky with some logistical problems. Following the trip I provided a summary with some trip highlights and other information.