|Sent on:||Friday, September 2, 2011 12:55 PM|
We're getting ready to leave on our annual Fall PhotoTour to Yellowstone National Park and it's not too early to start thinking about next year's tour, beginning Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and ending Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
The PhotoTour is a guide tour spending six full days and two 1/2 days photographing in and around the park. We see famous attractions such as Old Faithful Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, the Grand Canon of the Yellowstone and Fountain Paint Pots, to name just a few.
Along the hundred's of miles of roads we also see Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose Black-Tail Deer and many other large mammals. Birds aren't left out either and we typically see Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Swainson's Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks and a few uncommon speices like the American Dipper and Trumpetur Swans.
I lived in Bozeman, MT from 1981 to 1985 while teaching at MSU. I spent many weekends and summers in and around the park. I also spent many weeks in the park from 1989 through 1995 filming several documentaries including the award winning film, Birds of Yellowstone National Park. I have many friends that still work for the park service or are recently retired and live in the area. This gives us "inside information" on where the bears, wolves and other more unusual wildlife will be found.
While on the tour I'm available for questions and help with anything photographic. If we have a rained out day, I'll teach various computer related skills and techniques. No time is wasted and we spend all available light hours in or near the park photographing "Big Sky Country."
Fall colors are usually in full swing with many great landscape opportunities as well. Here are a few photos from our recent trips.
The weather is very comfortable in the fall with average daytime highs in the 60's and overnight lows in the 40's or upper 30's. Snow can often be seen on the mountains, but rarely at lower elevations. Rain is not too common, so there is plenty of daylight to.
The tours are not strenuous and most of the wildlife is shot right from the side of the road or after a short 100 yard hike or so. Age is not a limitation, we've had members in their 90's go on our PhotoTours. If you're under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Accommodations are in West Yellowstone, MT, western gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Discounts are available for double occupancy and all rooms have free Wi-Fi and basic amenities. The hotel/lodge is just a few blocks from the entrance to the park and also shopping, restaurants and entertainment. A more complete description can be found here, on our page for the 2011 PhotoTour. Here is a link to a few of last year's photos.
The PhotoTours include all lodging (seven nights), all breakfasts, all ground transportation, including transportation to and from the airport in Bozeman, MT. You're responsible for roundtrip airfare, all lunches, all dinners and all incidentals.
I've arranged for a savings of $500 for those going next year. If I prebook rooms for 2012 when I'm there in a few weeks, we'll get a large savings on the hotel costs. Payment for the tour must be made in full and you can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal checks or cash. Total early bird payment for 2012 is $1,500 and must be received by September 10, 2011, just a week away. You'll have a year to book your flight and try to get a good deal.
If you have additional questions about the tour please contact Jeff at[masked] or via email at [address removed]