West Virginia is Almost Heaven, and some of the most beautiful sights are located within our State Parks! We’ll be exploring Pipestem Resort State Park, as well as Bluestone Lake State Park, and some other special locations along the way!
Pipestem Resort in southern West Virginia will be our base for the weekend, with discounted rooms at the Lodge, which also has a fine restaurant and meeting space for us. The Lodge overlooks the Bluestone Gorge, and the Bolar Lookout Tower at 3,000 feet provides an inspiring view, as well. It’s not uncommon to see eagles at Pipestem, and we’ll also trek to Bluestone State Park, where Park Naturalist, Julie McQuade, has recently spotted eagles! We will also visit the historic community of Bramwell, where coal barons built lavish mansions during the coal boom; and we’ll feature a visit to the abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, as well as some additional attractions.
Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins, our Instructors, will provide techniques and share their experience throughout our weekend! It will be an exciting and full one, with many locations to see and opportunities to learn.
Savannah Georgia is known for its southern architecture, great restaurants and incredible nightlife. What many people miss while visiting the Savannah area is the amazing wildlife on display that rivals anywhere else in the Southeastern US. From Alligators to Wood Storks, there is an awesome collection of wildlife waiting to pose for our photographers. Tripod Travelers intimately knows where to take photographers to experience the wild side around the Savannah seascape. We choose this trip in the springtime to take advantage of the weather, nesting birds, baby alligators, and many other wildlife opportunities. There are two specific destinations around the Savannah area that will afford us tremendous opportunities to engage wildlife. When the adventure ends, we head back to our hotel on Bay Street to experience everything downtown Savannah has to offer on the waterfront. We schedule our trips after the St. Patrick’s Day craziness with itineraries that do not chew up a ton of vacation time, both trips are scheduled over long weekends. Your guides live in Georgia and have visited Savannah many times to escape the hustle of Atlanta. This trip will forever be remembered for the great wildlife photography, incredible food, fun nightlife and southern charm only Savannah and Tripod Travelers can provide.
This is an all inclusive photography workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees are included in the price.
Florida has two of the best things a bird photographer could ask for, good light and plenty of cool birds. On this 5-day workshop we will have the possibility of photographing 75+ birds. We’ll go to a variety of habitats to find those birds, from wide-open beaches to cypress and mangrove forest, scrub and grassy habitats lake and rivers etc. Florida is a mecca for bird photography and we’ll go to close to twenty different shooting locations. This is a small group bird photography workshop, limited to 3 photographers so we can travel in one car and get around the Southwest portion of Florida quickly and efficiently. No need to rent a car, after you get to the hotel, transportation is included. A three to four hour chartered boat ride is included for a great chance to photograph Snail Kites and Limpkins. There will be lots of gulls, shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets, pelican, several duck species, some jays, nuthatches and several species of woodpecker as well. We’ll visit some of the most popular spots like Ding Darling, Fort de Soto, Venice Rookery, and Cape Coral and we’ll visit very productive sites that aren’t as well known but offer incredible photographic opportunities.
Early spring on the arctic shorelines and forests of Norway and Finland is an incredible time for bird photography! King and Steller’s eiders are almost ready to return to their breeding grounds in Russia. Black-legged Kittiwakes and Atlantic Puffins are coming home to their cliffs after a long winter at sea. Pine Grosbeaks, Siberian Jays and Arctic Redpolls flit through the Taiga. This is a magical time of year, as winter recedes and birdlife takes over. The longer days provide ample light, there are still plenty of winter birds, spring courtship activities have started and there are still good chances for spectacular Aurora borealis displays.
King, Steller’s and Common eiders, Razorbills, Atlantic Puffins, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Shags, Black-legged Kittiwakes, songbirds of the Taiga, northern owls, Aurora borealis, Golden & White-tailed Eagles, cryptic Willow & Rock Ptarmigan, the flamboyant displays of lekking Black Grouse and even the possibility of gyrfalcon or wolverine, all in a beautiful wintry landscape.
14 nights lodging
13 days of photography
All meals during the tour
All ground transportation
Professional tips and guidance in the field
All boat trips
Baited (roadkill) Golden Eagle blind
Black Grouse lek blind
Photograph wild Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles and if we’re lucky a Merlin. There are also wintering Dunlin and Sanderling flocks, which make for some cool sunset-landscape opportunities. Four full days of instruction, with four mornings and four afternoon/evening photography shooting sessions. We’ll be using the car as a photo blind to get close to the birds of prey.
Florida Birds and Wildlife (Everglades and Big Cypress)
Escape the cold and join us in paradise as we photograph the wild areas of Florida. We will be photographing Alligators, Nesting Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks, Owls, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Herons and Alligators and many more species of wildlife. We will explore beautiful coastlines and swamps. The majority of the time we will spend at my favorite Everglades and Big Cypress national parks.
This workshop is led by professional nature photographer John Slonina who has been leading tours there for several years.
Small Group Size: 6 People
Transportation Provided to and from Airport. You do not have to rent a car.
All skill levels
Photograph Brown Pelicans, and cormorants in breeding plumage, and ducks, herons, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and skimmers. There are 60+ species of birds possible on this workshop. We go to more places and photograph more birds than other groups. We’ll also do some landscape photography of the Pacific Ocean, piers and waves at sunset. Four and a half days of instruction, with four morning, and four afternoon/evening shooting sessions. We’ll also do at least two post-processing session in the early afternoon.
Beauty and the Beast Tour.
Monarch butterflies are the beauties and elephant seals are the beasts. Join us to photograph tens of thousands of monarchs and thousands of elephant seals as they give birth, battle and hang out on the beach. We’ll also find time for sea otters, hummingbirds and shorebirds.
Ecuador – a country about the size of Colorado – boasts over 1600 species of birds, 130 of them hummingbirds! Join me for an intensive workshop focusing on the many colorful hummingbirds, tanagers and other birds of the cloud forests. HIGHLIGHTS:
We’ll be staying at three beautiful locations and visiting many more. From the cloud forests on the eastern slope of the Andes to the arctic-like paramo of the highlands, down to the lowlands of the west slope, we will cover many different habitats and see a dizzying array of birds. I’ve reserved some of the best accommodations and bird photography locations available, and we will have an expert local guide with us for the entire workshop. Along with the birds, we will also have great opportunities for landscape and macro photography. You’ll find all of this on a backdrop of fantastic mountain scenery, mysterious cloud forest landscapes and rushing mountain streams, plus stunning orchids, butterflies, moths, reptiles and amphibians.
11 nights lodging
All meals during the tour as described below
All ground transportation
Small group size – plenty of room for everyone
Extensive in-the-field instruction
Use of multi-flash equipment and accessories
Post-processing tips & image review sessions in the evenings
Local expert bird guiding
Date: January 11-14, 2018
Cost: $395 NANPA members, $595 non-members.
Last Date to Register: December 28, 2017
Location: Lake Hodges, Escondido CA and surrounding areas in San Diego County.
Maximum number attendees: 22
Details and Registration . . .