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.
They play constantly (when they are not eating)
Sometimes they take a midday nap
They sometimes walk by you and give you a swat. It feels like a greeting. We also learned some communications to have with them.
They do pay attention to us, studying us as much as we study them. They have many expressions. Sometimes they seem deep in thought.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Not all that is revealed is alive. Sometimes the receding water makes abstract designs in the sand.