Yellowstone in Winter with John Slonina

Join us on a photo tour or workshop to photograph winter in Yellowstone. Photograph one of the world’s greatest snow covered ecosystems. Winter is magical in Yellowstone, when visitors are few and wildlife viewing is outstanding. In the chilled air, see bubbling mud pots and gushing geysers eerily veiled in steam.

World famous Yellowstone is one of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. This is a must see on any nature photographer’s and wildlife lover’s list. Join us as we explore this winter wonderland and the surrounding areas. Discover the phenomenal photography opportunities of Yellowstone’s quiet season. Explore the park by snowcoach deep into the wilds of Yellowstone.

Great Smoky Mountains Fall with Tom Mace

Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. This is such a popular trip, we scheduled 3 of them in a row. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in this price.

Jenny Wiley SP KY with Ron Gaskins & Amanda Haddox

It’s 2018, and Ron and Amanda are excited to be returning for our eighth workshop at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, on October 26-28, 2018. We will have our Elk Tour, photographing the Rocky Mountain Elk in eastern Kentucky, and we’ll cruise Dewey Lake in search of eagles, hawks, herons and more. This year, in response to suggestions, we are offering an optional beginner class on Friday afternoon. “Know Your Camera” will help those on the beginning of the learning curve to understand many of the controls on their camera, what they do, and how to use them for better photography…Learn! Improve! Create!

If you’ve never joined us at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, where have you been? The Park is a beautiful site within eastern Kentucky, and one of what Kentucky has called “The Nation’s Finest” park service in the nation! With a 49-room lodge surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains, you’ll have a comfortable night’s rest to be prepared for our full days of photography learning. Amanda and Ron will share their knowledge and experience in photography, and demonstrate methods to improve your skills.

Great Smoky Mountains Fall with Tom Mace

Come join us on a breathtaking journey as we explore the Great Smoky Mountains as Mother Nature colors the landscape for truly remarkable photo opportunities. This 3 ½ day 4 night trip will give you opportunities to not only capture the essence of fall, but a great chance to photograph wildlife in fall back drops. We have scouted the area and know where our clients can achieve the best success in photographing wildlife and surreal landscapes. Some of the best Fall colors in the world occur every year in the Appalachian Mountain Range; photographers can spend a lifetime and never capture it all. We will also take you on a drive that will afford opportunities for mountain views, waterfalls, and much more. This is such a popular trip, we scheduled 3 of them in a row. Tripod Travelers provides all ground transportation, meals, hotel, and most importantly coaching on different photography techniques to ensure you go home a better nature photographer with memories to last a lifetime. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotel, meals, fees, and the little things are included in this price.

America’s Better Idea: National Wildlife Refuges

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

The National Wildlife Refuges were created to manage, conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plants and the ecosystems that sustain them.

Story and photographs by Jeff Parker

The National Parks have famously been called “America’s best idea”.  I have visited many of our National Parks and they ARE awesome.  However, I tend to think that our National Wildlife Refuges are “America’s Better Idea”.

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Death of Moose Prompts Calls for Safe Wildlife Photography

News report of drowned moose.

New England Cable News report on a moose that drowned because it was frightened by excited tourists. (Screenshot)

Earlier in September, a moose drowned in Lake Champlain, Vermont, because of tourists.  Not directly: people didn’t go up and kill it.  Rather, it died as a result of what people did, or didn’t do.  After swimming from the New York shore to Grand Isle, in the middle of the lake, the moose came ashore.  Unfortunately, it came onto the island near a road and tourists, excited at the sight of a moose so close, got out of their cars and started snapping photos with their phones.  Sadly, the commotion frightened the moose back in to the lake.  Tired from its swim over from New York, the moose didn’t have enough energy left to cope with wind and waves and drowned shortly thereafter.

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Jaguars in the Pantanal with Morgan Heim and Michele Westmoreland

You are floating quietly on a river in the dawn light. A chorus of birds fills the air, and then on silent paw, a jaguar, her pattern of gold and black spots, emerges from the jungle across from your boat. Your instinct says to take as many photos as you can before she disappears. But she doesn’t disappear. She has come to the river to swim, hunt, and give her young some playtime. You don’t have to absorb it all in a second. You can revel at the moments, be present, and come away with photos and a wildlife experience absolutely unforgettable in memory and reality.

I invite you to join me on this Visionary Wild adventure to Brazil’s Pantanal, where we are so assured to see jaguars that we designed the trip specifically around seeing these majestic big cats. You will get to see tons of other wildlife as well. The Pantanal is one of the most diverse, densely populated (in terms of animals), wildlife accessible destinations on the planet. Expect to see animals including hyacinth macaws, toucans and ocelots — occupants of the largest inland wetland in the world.

We’ve designed to trip to be intimate — only six slots per trip. That’s a one to three ration for instructor to attendee. You have two opportunities to get on board. I will be leading one trip with Visionary Wild founder Justin Black in early August, followed immediately by a second trip with the extraordinarily talented Michele Westmorland, another iLCP senior fellow. Both trips promise to be grand adventures! Sign up soon. Slots are filling up fast.

Dates: August 9-18 with Morgan Heim and Justin Black
August 18-27 with Morgan Heim and Michele Westmorland

From the Archives: Secrets for Capturing Stunning Photographs of Birds

Editor’s Note:  With spring finally making an appearance across the United States, birds are very active; building nests for their young, looking for food during much of the day, and treating us to their beautiful songs and chirps.  This piece by Melissa Groo appeared in 2016 and is very worthwhile reading for this season.  DL

Story and Photos by Melissa Groo

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© Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, teacher, and speaker. She writes a regular column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and her photos have been published in many magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, and National Wildlife. Issues of conservation and ethics in photography are passions for her, but more than anything, she loves revealing the soul of her wild subjects and sharing that with others. Continue reading

St. John’s River FL with Mike Army

The ‘Florida Spring Break Tour’ is a private all inclusive tour for individuals who are looking for a unique experience by boat in the pristine back waters of the Ocala National Forest that can be booked by the day or by the week. This is an annual tour I have been conducting each spring since 2001 at this location. I have been exploring this area since the late 1960’s as my Grandfather lived in Ocala and first showed me the beauty and wonders that the Ocala National Forest has to offer to anyone that appreciates Nature, Wildlife and the excitement of the pristine Florida Wilderness. This is not a tour of a national or state park in a group taking standard pictures at standard locations that are available to anyone. This is an expedition into unspoiled wilderness environments only accessible by boat where not seeing another person all day long is common. I conduct the tour for 5 weeks from a rental house with a private dock on the St Johns River that is our base camp for the duration of your stay.