A 10-day all-inclusive photo tour of Ireland. City Streets of Dublin, Giant’s Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Fanad Lighthouse, Cliffs of Moher, The Dingle Peninsula and Killarney National Park are highlights of the trip. 16-passenger van, only 8 participants.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is one of my absolutely favorite parks. In fact, the second best national park for photographing wildlife (behind only Yellowstone) in my opinion. I have been coming to this uncrowded park for over 20 years to photograph and explore and I know the park quite well. My book, “Theodore Roosevelt Impressions” is now in its second printing.
Here dramatic badlands and high plains are home to a large herd of bison reside along with bands of wild horses, elk, mule deer and prairie dogs. There are also plentiful birds, including songbirds, wild turkeys and owls. We will be visiting when the prairie is transformed by spring rains to a vibrant green with stands of wildflowers adding accents to the already colorful landscape. Best of all, unlike other national parks, we usually have the entire place to ourselves.
I’ve taught classes in this special park many times. The classes are usually small and we have had spectacular results with both wildlife and the weather. Thunderstorms often pass through this region in June and if the timing is right, rainbows and dramatic skies complement the fascinating badlands landscape. Everyone who has taken this class has loved the experience. The small town of Medora where we will be based has “cowboy charm”. In fact, our delicious breakfast stop, The Cowboy Cafe has become part of the workshop legend.
Death Valley is truly a landscape photographer’s dream location with it’s beautiful skies, incredible textures and intense colors. We will be visiting the park when the temperatures are still pleasant and hopefully wildflowers will be blooming. There are host of great locations in which to shoot including the Mesquite Sand Dunes, the salt pan flats, Zabriskie Point. We’ll be up early and stay out late to catch the golden light that transforms the features into works of art that we will capture with our digital cameras. With our lodging right next to the Mesquite Sand Dunes and close to a ghost town, we will also go out several nights for star photography. A great class to learn or hone my many skills.
The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 4, 2018 – Ed. Note: To see all of this week’s Weekly Wow! images, please go to our homepage, nanpa.org, and view the slideshow at the top – the show is composed only of this week’s noted images. DL
Margaret Larkin – “Death Valley Dunes, Death Valley, California” (Category: Scapes)
Rona Schwarz – “Greater Prairie Chickens sparring, Burchard, Ne.” (Category: Birds)
Tom Speelman – “Dancing Coastal Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska” (Category: Mammals)
James Urbach – “snowy owl flying among reeds, Canada” (Category: Birds)
Jane Scott Norris – “King Penguins, Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands” (Category: Birds)
James Squires – “Schooling Jacks, Cabo Pulmo, Mexico” (Category: Macro/Micro/All Other)
Chuck Haney – “Milky Way over Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park” (Category: Scapes)