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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
©Diane Kelsay
© 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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Faces of Costa Rica

We love the faces that just seem to say “come visit us”.

© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey

Come join us in January 2022 and we will show you many more faces.

© Diane Kelsay

Link to our Costa Rica Photography Adventure

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Earth Month

As April winds down, I’m thinking how happy I was to see so many Earth Month and Earth Day events by individuals, organizations, businesses…

Let’s remember that every month needs the same attention. We still need to do our best to care for the planet, to keep it healthy and beautiful.

© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey

Nature Photography Adventures

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Iguazú Falls

The greatest waterfalls for photography.

© Diane Kelsay

Why? Spanning 2 miles from Brazil…

© Bob Harvey

To Argentina, this collection of waterfalls has everything from powerful roaring falls to delicate cascades.

© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay

From colorful rainbows to moody light, compositions and techniques abound.

© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Diane Kelsay
© Bob Harvey
© Bob Harvey

We even photograph the falls by full moonlight. Join us for this adventure and use all of your photo skills, plus learn more.

Link to our Iguazú Falls Photography Adventure in March 2023

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Toucans!

Toucans are fun! To watch and photograph them is a real treat.

Toco Toucan, Brazil
© Bob Harvey
Toco Toucan, Argentina
© Bob Harvey
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, my personal favorite.
Beautiful colors and moves through the forest gracefully.
© Diane Kelsay
Crimson-rumped Mountain Toucanet, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Pale-mandibled Aracari – the comedian. Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Pale-mandibiled Aracari – tossing his catch in the air over and over. Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Collared Aracari – beak makes a nice landing platform. Belize
© Bob Harvey
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Diane Kelsay
Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey
Choco Toucan, Ecuador
© Bob Harvey

We find plenty of toucans to photograph in Central and South America, from Belize to Northern Argentina, our favorite location Ecuador. Join us on one of our adventures and we will introduce you to some toucans.

Link to our calendar

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Puffins!

Puffins of Iceland in July – nesting in the cliffs


© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Join us for our Iceland Photography Adventure, and you will be amazed at the opportunities to get great action photos of puffins. And we’ll photograph waterfalls, glaciers, exciting landscapes, and other birds! Click here to see our adventure webpage!

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The Great Migration

In Tanzania in February/March, millions of Wildebeest migrate to have their babies.  They follow the rains to the Southern Serengeti to feast on special grasses, rich in nutrition.

© Diane Kelsay

The predators are well aware of this and follow the migration.  The cheetah was awakened from a nap by wildebeest running by – food!

© Diane Kelsay

This cheetah is hungry and has a hungry little one to feed.  I’ve seen 2 cheetahs take down a calf, but this one is going alone to get an adult!

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Defeated, time to look for something smaller.
© Diane Kelsay

She leaves her little one behind for another chase and gets lucky.

© Diane Kelsay

She carries the kill along while trying to reunite with the little one but can’t find the kitten.

© Diane Kelsay

Unheard of for fear of losing it, she puts the kill down and calls and calls while searching.  Finally reunited, they look for a safe place to enjoy their meal.

© Diane Kelsay

Looks good, time to eat.
© Diane Kelsay

They take turns eating while the other one guards.
© Diane Kelsay

We were all worried that the little one was lost.  It was stressful. They were miles apart from each other. We stood watch over the kill until they came back.  We all cheered when we saw them.

Link to our Tanzania Photography Safari, timed to intersect with the “birthing” of a million baby wildebeest and a host of predators!

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The Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta – a wealth of wildlife and scenery in waterways and savanna.

© Diane Kelsay

Lesser Jacana
© Bob Harvey

Carmine Bee Eater
© Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
©Bob Harvey

Bushbuck
© Bob Harvey

Serval, usually a rare find but promising here.
© Bob Harvey

Wild dog, also good chance to find here.
© Bob Harvey

Lion cub doing “cute Kitty”
© Diane Kelsay

Same lion cub practicing “fierce”
© Diane Kelsay

The cubs at play
© Bob Harvey

Daddy’s paw
© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Saddleback stork fishing
© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

Leopard at twilight
© Diane Kelsay

Link to our Botswana Photography Safari

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