Photo tour Autumn in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks2018-06-14T15:08:25+00:00

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Autumn in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks

25th September – 4th October 2019

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • Amazingly rich wildlife, with e.g. Wapiti and Pronghorns
  • Large herds of Bison on the plains
  • A chance to see Wolves and Grizzly Bears
  • The famous Moose of Grand Teton
  • Majestic landscapes, with mountains, forests and waterfalls
  • Fantastic intimate landscapes created by volcanic activity
  • Geysers with spectacular eruptions
  • The tour leader will show you the best places and provide photographic advice within a small group that share the same interests

When Yellowstone National Park was formed in 1872, it was the first of its kind in the world. Then like now it is an amazingly picturesque and wildlife-rich place. Yellowstone is one of the worlds’ most geothermally active places, with many geysers, hot springs and other colorful geothermal phenomena that all provide great opportunities for photography. The landscape is wild and beautiful, with mountains, valleys, waterfalls and lakes and with an enormous abundance of wildlife such as Bison, Wapiti and Bears.

Grand Tetons landscape is dominated by the high mountains that form a backdrop to the open plains. Grand Teton National Park also hosts a rich fauna, and we hope to encounter one of the large Moose that the park is renowned for. The Teton Range is a perfect setting and provide a background for the ”compulsory” image of the barns by Mormon row.

We have carefully selected sites for this tour in order to get the best chances of getting close to wildlife, photograph fantastic geysers and hot springs as well as the most beautiful landscapes. The timing coincides with the autumn colors, but also with the Wapiti rut season and the time when the Moose have magnificent antlers. Many of Yellowstones animals, e.g. Bison and Wapiti are easy to approach, but you need a bit more luck and patience for e.g. Bears. Many of Yellowstones well-known geysers and hot springs are crowded by day, so we adapt our visit to the best time for photography.

Wildlife
From being almost extinct in the early 20th century, there are now large herds of Bison roaming on the plains of Yellowstone. It is common to see herds of several hundred animals together, and we will be able to photograph these magnificent animals. September means rut season for the Wapiti, and their activity benefits our photography. We will spend several days in areas where the Wapiti roam in order to photograph them. Yellowstones’ wildlife is rich, and we will encounter species such as Pronghorns, Bighorn sheep, Coyote, Chipmunks and with a bit of luck we might be able to see and photograph Bears. Wolves were reintroduced in 1995, and there are now 11 flocks, totaling about 100 individuals. The Wolves occur mostly in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley. We need to be lucky to see Wolves, and even more so to photograph them, but as we will be in these two valleys, you never know!

Moose are not so common in Yellowstone, so we head south to the neighboring Grand Teton National Park, which is famous for its Moose. There is a large population here, and seeing bulls with 20-pronged antlers is not uncommon. Grand Teton also has many of the animals we see in Yellowstone.

Yellowstones’ volcanic area
Large parts of the National Park lie in the crater-shaped caldera that is formed when a mountain collapses. This was formed during the most recent eruption of the Yellowstone volcano 640000 years ago. There is a considerable abundance and variety of geothermal phenomena in the National Park, such as geysers, hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and travertine terraces. Yellowstone is as equally well-known for these phenomena as for its abundante of wildlife. During our tour we will visit the area around ”the old faithful”, the ”grand prismatic spring” and the terraces around Mammoth hot springs, but also some of the less well-known areas.

The Landscape
The landscapes of Yellowstone and Grand Teton are very photogenic. There will be an abundance of subjects such as rivers, forests, waterfalls, plains and mountains (hopefully with their first coating of snow). However, landscape photography in Yellowstone is more than this, as the geothermal areas are great subjects in the landscape. We will spend quite a bit of time on landscape photography, as we will encounter both grand lanscapes as well as intimate ones.

This tour is not only for the most dedicated nature photographers, but also for those who wish to experience some of the worlds finest National Parks and their wildlife at close range in spectacular surroundings.

During the tour we will hold photographic workshops, reviewing e.g. techniques for the coming days photography. We also discuss image composition and look at each others images, all in order to develop your photography skills.

Travel facts

Dates
25th September – 4th October 2019

Price  
3 045 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 609 €)*

Tour leader
Henrik Karlsson

Number of participants
Min 6
Max 8

Last date to register
31st July 2019

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All entrance fees to National Parks, photo workshops, local transports (minibus), transfer from Bozeman airport and to Jackson Hole airport. Accommodation in middle standard hotels.

Single room fee
650 €

Price does not include
Flights in to Bozeman airport and out of Jackson Hole, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, visa, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Airport
Arrival at Bozeman Airport and departure from Jackson Hole airport,

Photo equipment
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. For some of the species we will photograph during the tour we will be able to get really close. This makes wide-angle zooms a perfect lens even for wildlife. Lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent for the wildlife that we will encounter. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter.
Rain and snow fall are likely during the tour so bring some protections for your cameras and lenses. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods will be useful in many situations, especially while shooting landscapes.

Clothing

Just as at home the weather can vary alot during the fall. The best option is to bring clothing in layers which makes it easy to dress according to the weather. Proper rain clothes and a hat and gloves are good to bring. Bring a pair of water proof boots and some trainers or sandals to wear during transports.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

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Itinerary

Day 1 (25th September) (Dinner)
Flight to Bozeman. Night in Bozeman

Day 2-6 (26th-30th September) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast on day 2 we leave Bozeman and drive to Yellowstone National Park. During these five days we will explore Yellowstone National Park. We will photograph geysers, hot springs and the rich wildlife, that will be our main focus. Photography will be adapted to weather conditions and to where the animals are. We will stay at various lodges adjacent to the National Park, in Gardiner and West Yellowstone.

Day 7 (1st October) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After a morning of photography and breakfast, we head south through Yellowstone National Park towards Grand Teton National Park. We will stop and photograph along the way, both in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. What we find along the way will determine what time we arrive at our accommodation in Jackson Hole. Apart from the dramatic landscape of Grand Teton, our target here are the large male Moose, that we will search for at known sites.

Day 8-9 (2nd-3rd October) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We continue to explore Grand Teton National Park. We photograph the famous barns at Mormon row, with the Teton range in the background, Snake River winding its way through the landscape. Naturally, we will be on the lookout for animals in the landscape.

Day 10 (4th October (Breakfast)
A last photo session in Grand Teton National Park in the morning before returning to the airport at Jackson Hole for the flight home.

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