2019 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour – Photograph the “Winter Wonderland” of Yellowstone National Park in the comforts of a private luxury snow coach with wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.
Along the snowy trails, we’ll stop to photograph the beautiful landscapes and mountain vistas surrounded by steamy geysers, along with a variety of wildlife, including the majestic elk, mammoth bison, coyotes, swans, and bald eagles. These creatures, big and small, find warmth near many of the thermal areas, creating unique and stunning imagery. We’ve had some years with great wolf viewing and hope to have similar opportunities again in 2019.
The Greater Yellowstone Area has been called the Serengeti of North America. It is home to large herds of majestic grazing animals, as well as the predators that prey on them. When you add to that the raw scenic beauty you have a truly epic place.
The Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Tetons, each of these is a destination onto itself. Yellowstone and the Tetons are indeed very big places with a lot of different things to photograph, from all the amazing wildlife opportunities to the waterfalls, geothermal features, and of course the scenic beauty of the parks. There is simply a lot to see and photograph in the area. For this reason we have designed this trip with nine full days to see and explore the parks.
Having been to the area over a dozen times, this trip coincides with our absolute favorite time of the year to be in the parks. At this time of year most of the tourists have left the parks, the cottonwood will be in full color, the valleys will be echoing with the call of majestic bull elk, and the bighorn sheep should be low enough on Mount Kill-a-Photographer to warrant a walk up to photograph them. At this time we may even have a picturesque dusting of snow to add drama to our Teton scenics.
Morgan Heim is a full-time freelance nature and wildlife photographer who brings unparalleled intensity and compassion to her work. The easiest way to appreciate this is to take a look at her website, morganheim.com and go through the projects she has tackled over the past eleven years. From photographing the work of drug trafficking organizations (primarily the dismantling of their work by scientists and law enforcement agents) that run industrial-scale marijuana growing operations in California forests with an estimated value of $31 billion, and that have a terrible impact on the environment, to stopping along the road to memorialize animals that have been killed by motor vehicles, Morgan’s approach to conservation photography leaves a deep and contemplative impression on the viewer that doesn’t pass quickly.
While Morgan feels lucky to get to work steadily on projects, there is still a tremendous amount that she wants to do. “My overarching goal is to have the work that I do provide a meaningful contribution to conservation,” Morgan says. “I’ve gotten a good start on a lot of things, but there’s a lot left to do, both on the projects I’ve already undertaken, as well as new projects in the future. For example, fishing cats are still endangered, and a little money was raised to help them, but my work won’t save the fishing cat,” she says. Morgan says that when she works on a project, she wants to be part of the process and part of the community. She enjoys the journey and the challenge. She’s not only excited about creating images, but how she is able to use them.
Okay, here’s one for you: What did the mama buffalo say to her little boy in the morning when he left to go to school? “Bison!”
I know, corny as all heck, but it’s the only joke I can remember. Besides, bison are my most favorite charismatic megafauna of all time. I can spend hours in Yellowstone’s Hayden or Lamar Valley just watching a herd of bison grazing, rutting, playing, swimming, running, wallowing or whatever; it doesn’t matter.
A couple days ago my husband and I were headed home from a meeting in Gardiner, Montana by taking the preferred shortcut through Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. As we approached the confluence of the Soda and Lamar Rivers, we noticed two young bison standing on a small island in the middle of the rushing water. One of the youngsters plunged into the water in an attempt to cross the Soda and was quickly swept off his feet. A look of panic came over his face as he struggled to turn and regain his place on the island. Luckily for him, he was successful and he and his partner then crossed the wider and slightly safer Lamar to more solid ground. Continue reading →