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
On my way to Yellowstone this year, I made a detour. It was the Memorial Day Weekend, which meant...July 25, 2017
“Looking for great gray owl in Yellowstone.” — Recent Email That’s literally all it said, proving that there was...July 11, 2017
Last week I shared some of my new photos of wildlife and scenery from my May Patagonia photo tour. ...July 5, 2017
In early May I traveled to southern Chile for my first photo tour of the year: a sold out...June 27, 2017
We’re hitting the summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere, which typically marks the longest day of the year. ...June 20, 2017
June 9, 2017 My spring group tour wrapped up the night before, so Friday was spent shuttling clients to...June 12, 2017
June 7, 2017 I’m referring to this day as Yellowstone Strikes Back, since we struggled to find much to...June 9, 2017
June 5, 2017 I allowed my clients to sleep in Monday morning. We didn’t leave until 5am. The day’s...June 6, 2017
June 3, 2017 On Saturday I was scheduled to meet and pick up the clients for my annual spring...June 4, 2017
May 30, 2017 After Monday’s otter success, I naturally wanted to continue my string of luck with mustelids on...June 2, 2017
May 28, 2017 I was still feeling worn out from two long days and wasn’t prepared to brave the...May 29, 2017
May 26, 2017 My annual spring Yellowstone trip began at 5:15 Friday morning, when I left Seattle for the...May 27, 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.