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Rawanda! Gorillas & More

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The chimps in the region were a little more of a challenge to get to but worth the effort.

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© Diane Kelsay
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Join us in Rwanda and see these cousins for yourself!

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Rwanda! Gorillas & More

Post 2 – Golden Monkeys, Volcanoes National Park

Gorillas aren’t the only ones who like to play. Golden Monkeys also like to do a lot of playing around and with lots of energy. They also like to eat!

© Diane Kelsay
Not only greens, but tasty insects. © Diane Kelsay
And they like to share. © Diane Kelsay
Easily crossed by ground, it’s so much more fun to fly. © Diane Kelsay
Do I really want to do this? © Diane Kelsay
Watch me! © Diane Kelsay

Crashing sounds in the bamboo forest, monkey after monkey making the leap into the thick bamboo. I never saw one land on a branch.

© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
Curious and friendly, and not too shy. Fun times photographing them. And the colors and textures are beautiful. © Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay

We still have space for one woman in January of 2023 and a couple people in 2024. Check out our Rwanda Gorillas webpage for details and to see more images.

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Rwanda! Gorillas & More

Post 1 – Mountain Gorillas, Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda is doing a marvelous job protecting gorillas and their habitat. Our visits help fund the effort, strict rules apply. But we get close, feeling like we’ve been invited to their home. After a trek up the mountain, we get close to the location, grab our cameras and quietly enter the group.

© Diane Kelsay

They play constantly (when they are not eating)

© Diane Kelsay
The “twins” eating together peacefully, after a brief conflict on who goes first.
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Alpha male Silverback – huge. We don’t get too close to him.
© Diane Kelsay

Sometimes they take a midday nap

© Diane Kelsay
Male and 2 babies
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Sleeping baby, adorable
© Diane Kelsay

They sometimes walk by you and give you a swat. It feels like a greeting. We also learned some communications to have with them.

© Diane Kelsay

They do pay attention to us, studying us as much as we study them. They have many expressions. Sometimes they seem deep in thought.

© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay

It’s fun to photograph them, doing what they do, in their space. Trackers follow the families so the guides know where to take us. And it keeps the poachers away. Families are spread all over the mountains.

We have a little space in both 2023 and 2024 – check out our calendar.

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World Turtle Day!

We at Nature Photography Adventures have worked to help scientists protect turtle habitats and love to bring our photography friends and clients to see and photograph these great creatures.

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Northern Costa Rica Adventure

New places have been scouted and added to our itinerary! Up close and personal birds, monkeys and more along the Gulf of Nicoya. More trails in the highlands too!

All images copyrighted Bob Harvey & Diane Kelsay, Laura Mooney, Nature Photography Adventures. No copying permitted.

Join Diane and Laura in January 2022 for a fantastic opportunity to leave the cold winter behind and find fun critters to photograph. Learn some new techniques.

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Belize Caves

Join us in Belize December 3-12, 2022 for exciting cave photography. Learn multiple flash lighting and natural lighting, designing images of cave formations with Mayan artifacts, using cave openings to frame the green jungle beyond.

All images copyrighted Bob Harvey & Diane Kelsay, Nature Photography Adventures. No copying permitted.

We have a lot of cave photography on our itinerary, some well-known caves and some of our special secret caves we will have to ourselves. We also visit Mayan sites and other special natural areas.

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Iceland From Above

Drone photography Adventure 2021, spectacular views of a dramatic landscape.

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Seeing Iceland from above, and from angles one cannot hike to, is both inspiring and liberating! One begins to understand how things are put together – and how little we matter in a geological sense.

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Watch our calendar for opportunities to see the world with a drone!

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Dark of the Moon

Post 2 – The Three Sisters volcanoes and surrounding lava landscape make a great location to photograph the Milky Way. In Oregon, astronomical twilight ended at 10:45pm.

© Diane Kelsay

Although the timing was right, the composition was not. The Galactic Center was to the left of the North Sister and most of the Milky Way shot out of the frame. An hour later, the Milky Way lined up just right and 2 meteors entered the scene. It was amazing to watch how fast the position changes when you have a mountain peak as a reference point.

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Dark of the Moon

During the dark of the moon in Oregon, one day you can go to the Cascade Mountains for the Milky Way over the 3 Sisters (next post). Then you can go the the Pacific Coast to see the secrets that are revealed when the ocean pulls back at extreme low tides. Here are some colorful tidepool creatures we enjoyed photographing.

Anemone underwater using a polarizer.
© Laura Mooney
© Laura Mooney
Seastar © Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
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© Laura Mooney
© Diane Kelsay

Not all that is revealed is alive. Sometimes the receding water makes abstract designs in the sand.

© Diane Kelsay

All are fun to photograph.

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New Places, New Friends

One of my favorite new places in Southern Tanzania is the Ruaha River and National Park. The staff and lodge and scenery are awesome. But there was more!

Welcome to Ruaha River Lodge, my name is Camp
© Diane Kelsay – shot through the screen with a cell phone, a bit of a surprise!
A camp owl
© Diane Kelsay
Kudus greeting us as we left for our first game drive.
© Diane Kelsay
Hippos were always in the river in front of us and liked to make noises in the night. Footprints were found off the deck the next morning.
© Diane Kelsay
Others visited in the night, only leaving prints.
© Diane Kelsay

More to come in the future from Southern Tanzania. And soon we will have a new itinerary for you to browse.

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