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Botswana Adventure 2018

Botswana 2018 – First visitors in March – We arrived just as the lodges opened up for the season.  Everything was green and full of life.  And the photography from the river was outstanding. We had great angles and access to the action.

Elephants heading for the water and mud along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

How great they look after their mud bath.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Malachite Kingfisher – nest is in the riverbank.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile giving “the look”
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Hippo, also giving “the look”, but definitely looking for trouble!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

The salad bar
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Heron Fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Saddleback Stork fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Lesser Jacana
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Not a sunset! Midday clouds with prisms –  zoomed in tight with 500mm. NO saturation added.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

A short plane ride later, the interior – also green and full of life.

Wild Dog – Looking cute?  You should have seen the pack chasing an impala! I couldn’t believe how fast the impala ran and how high he jumped. (he won)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Little lion cub coming over to us to see if we would play.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He sat down and looked adorable.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Then he showed us he could look ferocious!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He managed to wake up dad from his nap (who shoved him away)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Finally, family play time.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Carmine Bee-eater.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Southern Red Bishop
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Baboons
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Serval
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Zebras
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Me and my mom and the Oxpecker.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Join the fun on the next trip to Botswana, March 2021.  Link to our Itinerary

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Iceland Adventures 2018

Iceland November 2018 Wildbunch Adventure – November is the time when there are very few hours of daylight, but the angle of the sun is low and dramatic light is available longer.

Iceberg that was washed up on the beach.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s also cold enough that ice caves are available for exploration.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s a time when you might find the aurora borealis.

Milky Way with aurora
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Winter scenes can be very exciting with low sunlight. The blue in the icebergs become more saturated in cloudy light.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Iceland July 2018 Adventure – July is a time when you can photograph all day and most of the night in daylight.  It’s a time when birds come to the island to nest. The scenery is vibrant green, and weather changes offer great photo opportunities.

Puffin bringing food back to the nest.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Loons
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Macro inside an iceberg
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Glacier coming out of the fog
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

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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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