Yellowstone Winter Wildlife with Cindy Goeddel

Winter Wildlife Galore! Yes, this is absolutely the best Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Photography Workshop. An all-inclusive FIRST CLASS package, this intense photography workshop includes meals, lodging and all the instruction you desire. Dial your mode to M and start exposing perfectly for wild subjects in snow. We will spend 3 days photographing the wildlife of the Lamar Valley and 4 days photographing deep in the interior of Yellowstone. Although we will see and photograph many scenic wonders on our journey, we will spend the majority of our time photographing winter wildlife. Each morning we will depart before 7:00 am and will not return until dark. A box lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Our private coaches and vehicles allow us to stay on location for extended periods and to maximize each wildlife encounter. In the evenings we will continue to eat and breathe photography! Settle into your comfy room, as we stay all 7 nights at the Best Western Hotel in Gardiner Montana, from where we can access both Lamar and Hayden Valleys.

Our privately chartered 12 passenger snow-coaches will carry just four photographers each. We will have complete freedom to travel to different areas of the interior depending on recent wildlife sightings and weather. Perhaps Hayden Valley for fox, otter, ermine, bison and trumpeter swan; or the Madison River for bobcat, bull elk and fishing coyotes. We have 4 full days to photograph wildlife in the interior among stunning wintery backgrounds.

On the Lamar Valley days we may expect to see bighorn sheep, pronghorn, moose, fox, mule deer, bull elk, ermine, wolves and eagles.

Wildlife photographed last year during January included: wolves, bobcat, ermine, coyote, trumpeter swan, otter, bison, fox, bull elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, marten, bald eagle, golden eagle, and lots of waterfowl.

Grand Tetons Fall with Tom Mace

Fall in the Grand Teton National Park is a gift to any photographer attempting to capture nature at its finest. The colors of the park dramatically change establishing astonishing landscape settings with the dominating Tetons as a backdrop. Bears are fattening up and actively feeding in the lower elevations while Elk and Moose fiercely compete for mates as the Rut swings into high gear. As the bugling of the Elk warn all that winter is coming, you can’t help but slow down and appreciate the opportunity to capture this magical time of year with your camera. That is where Tripod Travelers steps in. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Fall Trips focus on the Rut, Bears, Moose, and Elk. We get our clients in safe positions to learn, appreciate, and capture these incredible animals as they prepare for winter. Whether Bears digging up Tubers, Elk beginning their annual migration to the Elk reserve or Moose competing in a marsh for their companion; we do our research and leverage our experience to teach our clients how to locate and photograph these animals as they all focus on the next 6 months of surviving the harsh cold that lies ahead. The landscape is also quickly transforming with Fall colors making for incredible landscape opportunities. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. 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, hotels, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with Tom Mace

Leg 1: Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Daddy of all National Parks is a nature photographer’s dream come true. With lush forests, thermal geysers, broad valleys, lakes, rivers, and a large diversity of wildlife; a photographer can immerse themselves in what many believe is the most complete photography experience of all the national parks. The park is uniquely laid out, allowing visitors to safely gain access to large concentrations of wildlife without disrupting their natural environment.
Leg 2: The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop; our clients will have ample opportunities to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. Grand Teton National Park is very accessible and most wildlife and landscape photography happens directly outside our vehicle.
We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone each year relying on our experience and success we have had photographing in these parks in the past. Our itinerary is designed to give our clients a one of a kind experience and the best of what Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks have to offer. From landscape photography to understanding the best areas to photograph wildlife, we put you in the right place at the right time to maximize your visit in the parks. 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 the parks.

This workshop is all inclusive, all ground transportation, lodging, meals, snacks, park fees, and all the little things are included in this price. See our website for more details.

PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT: For Every Fallen Wolf by Weldon Lee

(Canis lupus) captive animal; Kalispell, Montana (c) Weldon Lee

(Canis lupus) captive animal; Kalispell, Montana (c) Weldon Lee

Story and photograph by Weldon Lee

Prejudice is not limited to religion and racial ethnicity. It also finds targets among our wild brothers and sisters, not the least being the gray wolf. Wolf eradication can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Europe. It’s not surprising that it lifted its ugly head again as Europeans began arriving in the New World.

According to PBS, “By the middle of the twentieth century, government-sponsored extermination had wiped out nearly all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. Only a small population remained in northeastern Minnesota and Michigan.” This came about as a result of wealthy livestock owners wielding their influence over policymakers in Washington, D.C., and demanding a wider grazing range.

In spite of Congress providing protection for wolves under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, wolves are still being killed.

The endangered species protection for gray wolves was repealed in six states. What followed over the last two years was the killing of more than 2,600 wolves. Now the government wants to delist gray wolves in practically the entire Lower 48. Continue reading