Southwest Utah with Michael DeYoung

Capture some of the most inspiring and colorful scenery in Southwestern Utah (Including Zion National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument) during this week long tour featuring both iconic and lesser known, but just as majestic, locations that afford the best photographic views and experiences found in the region.

This adventure is designed to stimulate creativity with maximum engagement in target rich locations with lots of personal instruction and guidance.

Anza Borrego with Sandy Zelasko

Join your workshop leaders for an intense weekend photographing in California’s largest state park and the town of Borrego Springs, CA. From desert wildflowers and migratory birds to eclectic, historic locations. If lucky, we will photograph the elusive desert bighorn sheep in its palm canyon environment. All levels of photographers are welcome. Low student to instructor ratio allows for personal attention.

Anza Borrego Birds with Sandy Zelasko

This half day bird photography workshop will take place in Borrego Springs, CA where your workshop instructors will guide you to hot birding spots and offer personal instruction for all levels of photographers. Low student to instructor ration, max 10 participants. Resident and migratory birds including the well documented Swainson hawk migration.

“Bosque Wildlife” at Bosque del Apache NWR with Sandy Zelasko and Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, winter wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks; bald and golden eagles; kestrels and other hawks; turkey; meadowlarks; quail; roadrunners; coyotes; mule deer; and more. In November, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary.

Mesa Verde National Park

Story and Photography by Jerry Ginsberg

 

Spectacular Cliff Palace, largest of all ancient dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park, CO. Cliff Palace was home to an advanced civilization until about the 13th century. Even now, no one is certain as to why they left. © Jerry Ginsberg

 

Nestled in the southwestern corner of Colorado sits the first and (almost) the only national park established to protect the works of man, rather than Nature, the fascinating Mesa Verde.

Hidden for centuries and unknown to Europeans until a couple of cowboys looking for strays stumbled upon it in 1888, this treasure trove of Native American history includes several thousand structures, both simple and complex, that were built here spanning a period that is estimated to have lasted from perhaps 600 to about 1300 C.E.

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