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Yellowstone Winter 2018

Post 2 – Scenery What can be more enchanting than sparkling snow and the cool colors of winter. Snow also simplifies an otherwise busy landscape and adds a new creative element.

Fog from hot steam meeting cool air at Mud Volcano
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Canyon
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Yellowstone Falls
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

West Thumb
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

West Thumb
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bacterial mat
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise on Madison River – great to be the first ones in the park for dramatic light.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

 

Join us next January!  Link to Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

 

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Yellowstone Winter 2018

Post 1 – The Wildlife – great wildlife opportunities this year.  Wolves for all of our 3 tours.  A coyote’s prize – a goose?  Wow, that was a special moment! And of course the bald eagles were always nearby waiting for the leftovers.

Wolf
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Wolves
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Wolf on the bison kill
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Wolves resting after the feast
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Wolves
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle hovering over the kill
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Coyote on the prowl
© 2018 Bob Harvey

And the feathers went flying
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bison with early morning frost
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Fox sneaking behind us while everyone was watching for wolves
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Otter, Yellowstone River
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Elk crossing the Madison River
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Time to hide the food!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Coming soon – Post 2, scenery.

 

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Morocco

The SaharaA Bedouin camp – great tents (complete with bathrooms) hours away from cities, gave us opportunities to photograph dunes without traces of people or ambient light at night.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

We did have lights in our tents, but as we returned from dinner, the pathway (a Berber rug in the sand) was lit by 2 candles – enough to light the tent and dune for the 20 second exposure of the stars.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Pre-dawn light and Milky Way.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Early morning and late day light in surrounding dunes – so many compositions!

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

Another creative twist on the scene.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

We left on a camel excursion before sunrise to capture early light in the dunes.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Desert Nomad who brought us his camels to ride.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Stay tuned for more Morocco images.

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Northern Costa Rica

Late November/early December 2017  – We explored some of our favorite trails, canopy bridges, cloud forests, waterways (inland and estuaries), mangrove forests, waterfalls and the Pacific Coast. We sampled fresh coffee, chocolate and sugar cane from the source.  We got up close and personal with frogs, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and of course lots of birds.  Following is just a sample of images.

The first night in the field, view from our room.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

See more about our Northern Costa Rica Photography Adventure, scheduled in early December, 2018, here.

 

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Alaska Bears!

In August 2017 Bob lead a group of adventure photographers to Alaska to spend a week flying over forest and waterways in search of bears.  Each morning the group set off in float planes to spot bears and then land near feeding sites.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Dressed in waders, the group proceeded over rocky shoreline carrying long lenses and tripods – the results were…

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Mother and cubs
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

We have another adventure with brown bears on the Katmai Peninsula of Alaska scheduled for 2019.  There are already a good group of photographers signed up!  Link to the 2019 Alaska Bears and Salmon Adventure

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The Eclipse – Oregon 2017

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

While a over a million people flocked to Eastern Oregon to photograph the eclipse, Bob, Laura and Diane chose the west side of the Willamette Valley from backroads (the winery route) to avoid jams.  Most wineries had events and are nicely positioned on hills above vineyards.  We had a nice table next to the vines and positioned 2 tripods, each with a long lens (one with the ND filter for partials), calculations done in advance, and we rotated our 3 camera bodies around.  The sky was clear and the winery folks kept our special eclipse wine glasses filled.  What a day!

© 2017 Laura Mooney

We chose to photograph the partials with a plain “eclipse” ND filter and did not add color.  The sun naturally is white and only picks up color through the atmosphere at sunrise or sunset or special environmental circumstances.  The spots are sunspots.  Following is a selection from the sequence.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Natural starburst (no filter) worked the same as we teach you in the field – small portion of sun visible through leaves, notches in rocks, etc.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

So what do you call an eclipse sundowner???  Whatever your photography quest… make sure you enjoy life!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And use the sun and the moon to capture artistic images.  We work hard on our adventures to position you to take advantage of this.  From our Galapagos adventure…

© 2016 Bob Harvey

And from our Iguazu Falls Adventure, the falls by moonlight…

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Please consider joining us on one of our photography adventures. And we just added a Galapagos 2020.  And Iguazu Falls in 2019.  Link our Calendar.

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Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring arrives in Yellowstone with anything from warm sunny days to snow.  And, it can all happen in the same day!  The bears are waking up and the bison are giving birth.  The scenery is a lush green.  Some bears have this year’s cubs and some are from last season.  All are wonderful to watch.

Grizzly
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly and second year cub
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly with this year’s cubs
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Wow, standing up and looking big!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

It seems this cub is getting the word.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Grizzly cub – Look at those claws already!!!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Grizzly, with even bigger claws.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Black bear scratching on a tree.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Heart Spring with Castle Geyser in the background.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Coyote
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Coyote – caught a few treats and ate them on the spot. This one is going back to the den and doesn’t look happy about it.  But the babies need to eat.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Baby bison romping around, still has umbilical cord.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Keeping together helps protect the babies from predators.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bison with new baby
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bison baby, gorgeous cinnamon color.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lots of babies want to be fed. Amazingly, every time the mom came back, she fed a different one.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bluebird
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Grand Geyser
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Osprey nest
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Find more images on the Yellowstone Spring Gallery pages and on the Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari page.  We hope you will join us on this adventure.

 

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Northern Costa Rica, December 2016

Post 2 – We continue our journey through Costa Rica’s wetlands.  (see the previous post)

Jabiru Stork and Wood Storks
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Egret is offering help to the stork? That fish is big enough for 2!
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Wood Stork
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice catch!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tiger Heron
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

And then we make our way up to the mountains, Mondeverde Cloud Forest.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

View from the canopy trail.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We finish our journey on the flanks of Tenorio volcano and at Cano Negro, close to the border of Nicaragua.  More birds, frogs, lots of macros and the best place for the sloth.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Wood-Rail
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Keel-billed Toucan
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Another nice catch!
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Anhinga
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cormorant
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Red-eye Tree Frog
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Blue Jeans Frog
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Caiman – What did he think of our group?
“Next time take your group swimming”
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

What our groups think of our Northern Costa Rica trip.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Join us for our next adventure in Northern Costa Rica

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Northern Costa Rica, December 2016

Post 1 – This was a very memorable trip, arriving just days after a hurricane. Fortunately, our experiences weren’t affected that much and we came home with a wealth of photos.  We had a really great group of photographers – all of them came in early for the 1 day workshop and worked hard to put their new skills to work.  We began on the coast.  The north Pacific Coast is a great place for birds, monkeys, crocks, and even leaping manta rays.

Exploring by boat, the mangrove estuary of Marino Las Baulas National Park.

Crocodile
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Crocodile with a catch
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Howler Monkey
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Boat-billed Heron reflecting the mangrove forest in the eye.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yellow-crowned Night Heron taking a bath.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Drying off
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Little Blue Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Offshore action from our sailboat, the Serendipity, has us busy keeping up with photo opportunities.

Setting up the sails.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Looking for that next Manta Ray.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Another National Park, Palo Verde, begins in an estuary and winds its way through wetlands and forest, sometimes bordering on agricultural villages – people who care about preserving the park and surrounding areas.

Iguana
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Jabiru Stork
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Kiskadee
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Great Egret
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Green Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Scarlet Macaws 
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 4 – Weather has such and impact on landscapes.  There is just no such thing as “bad weather”.  It’s nice to have a variety, and we did.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Baobab trees in sunlight shows off the golden trunk.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Giant Baobab trees in a storm look small against a threatening sky.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Acacia trees
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

We explored Arusha National Park for the first time in search of Colobus and Blue Monkeys.

Blue monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Colobus monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Colobus monkeys
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This is our last post on this trip. We hope you will join us on one of our future trips to Tanzania.  And if you are just starting the blog, please scroll down through posts 1-3.  The first photo in post 1 I have in my head all the time. It’s my “go to” space when I need a boost.  Following are some miscellaneous animal photos, some of them quite entertaining.

The elephant spa, babies in there too!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mud treatment does wonders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And the results – just gorgeous, look at the red!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Take. Me. Seriously.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

On the hunt, creeping along.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Precious
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Dung beetle – yes, it is rolling dung into a giant ball.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Crowned cranes
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

OK, I’ve had days like this.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo looking so innocent. They are very dangerous!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Tawny eagle looking for prey.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

European roller waiting to catch a bug flying by.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

The two giants
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The King
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Don’t forget to look at our Tanzania Photography Safari web page!

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