in the fall
Tour descriptionThere is probably no better place to photograph the big mammals of North America than in Yellowstone National Park. Especially during the rut of the elk and the colours of the "Indian Summer", Yellowstone is a prime location for nature photographers!
Yellowstone is with its 8.983 km2 huge and we’ll be spending five whole days photographing this beautiful national park.
We’ll be staying in a very nice motel in Gardiner not far from the north entrance of Yellowstone. Sometimes at night the elk walk around the parking lot and you can often see the pronghorns near the entrance from your balcony.
Our daily schedule is flexible and evolves around photographing the big animals of the park. We’ll get up early in the morning to be out in the park when the first light arrives. After the first photo sessions in the morning and when everybody has build up an appetite, we’ll enjoy a picnic breakfast out in the open. After our breakfast we’ll continue exploring the park for the rest of the day.
During the day we will keep our eyes open for every good photo opportunity. We’ll see the colorful aspen, lakes and small rivers with reflections, waterfalls and the devastation caused by the fires years ago.
The part of Yellowstone closest to our motel in Gardiner is one of the best areas to see elk, pronghorn, big horn sheep and mule deer. Of course we’ll also explore deeper into the park. In the Hayden Valley we’re most likely to see large herds of bison and along the Madison River we’ll go look for beavers, otters and trumpeter swans.
There are also smaller animals to photograph like red squirrels, chipmunks and pikas. After the busy summer season there are often used to people and therefore can be very approachable from time to time, especially in and around breakfast and lunch areas.
Yellowstone also inhabits black bears, brown bears, coyotes and wolvers. The chance of photographing coyotes is certainly there; for bears and wolves we need a lot of luck.
Besides the mammals there are numerous birds to photograph as well like trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, dippers, gray jays, bald eagles and Canada goose.
Of course Yellowstone is also very famous for its geysers and thermal areas.
During the day we will visit a number of geyser and thermal areas and focus on the extra ordinary landscape. An absolute highlight is a short walk and climb to photograph the Grand Prismatic Spring from above. Only then you can see how enormous this hot spring is.
Finally we’ll also visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its breathtaking views and beautiful waterfalls. Again this is also a good place to photograph the chipmunks and squirrels.
It will be an intensive week full with memorable moments and excellent photo opportunities and this within beautiful and colorful scenery of the worlds oldest national park; Yellowstone.
Minimum of 4 guests, maximum of 6 guest (plus me).
Day 1 (saturday)Arrival in Bozeman, Montana.
Day 2 (sunday)Travel to Gardiner and a first visit to Yellowstone in the afternoon.
Day 3 (monday) till day 7 (friday)5 full days of photography in Yellowstone.
Day 8 (saturday)Leave for Bozeman and depart for home.
Day 9 (sunday)Depending on your travel plans arrival at home.
DatesSaturday 19th September 2015 until Sunday 26th September 2015.
- Overnight stay on arrival day in Bozeman based on 2 people sharing;
- All travel in a comfortable van with enough space for all our equipment
- All overnight stays in Gardiner based on 2 people sharing;
- Picnic breakfast and lunches (including water, juice and softdrinks);
- Entrance fee for Yellowstone National Park;
- Farewell dinner (drinks excluded).
- Travel to Bozeman;
- Dinner upon arrival and breakfast the first morning in Bozeman;
- All dinners with the exception of the farewell dinner;
- Alcoholic and other non-alcoholic drinks besides water, juice and provided soft drinks during picnic breakfast and lunch);
- Items of personal nature (souvenirs, laundry, etc.);
- (Travel) insurance.