Wolf Photography with the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation

Mark Johnson of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation has been kind enough to host an excellent photographic opportunity for us. We will travel to Guffey to photograph the wolves and wolf/dog hybrids he cares for at his sanctuary.

We will meet at Safeway at 6 a.m. to carpool to Guffey where we will gather at the Bull Moose restaurant for breakfast and a presentation by Mark at 7:30 a.m. After the presentation, Mark and his staff will guide us through the 8 enclosures on the property that house the animals.

Mark recommends that you bring both a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens.

At this time of year, the wolves will be sporting their new winter coats and the lighting will be ideal for photography.

You can expect to interact with the animals. If you are allergic to dogs, interacting with the hybrids may be a concern, but interacting with the wolves should not cause any problems.

Wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty and do not wear open-toed shoes.

To learn more about the sanctuary, visit Mark's site here: www.rmwf.org

You may want to take the time to read about Cheyenne. Cheyenne was a healing wolf, and Mark gives those in need of healing a sample of her fur or ashes. If you bring a locket, Mark will be happy to fill it with her ashes for you.

There is no charge for the tour of the sanctuary, but Mark does accept donations. If you'd like to make a donation, please bring something with you as a way to thank Mark for his hospitality.

If you plan to bring a guest or family member, please include them in your RSVP.

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  • Katie

    I'm sad to report that Momma Bear passed away last night [3/28/13] :(

    March 29, 2013

  • Michele B

    WOW! What great shots you guys! Looks like there was a love fest going on with so many kisses! Unbelievable. Guess I won't need much telephoto nor a tripod cause they are up close and mobile. I can't wait for Nov 11! I love the eyes on all of them! Such beautiful creatures.

    1 · November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree that a 500 would be awkward. I went back and forth between shutter and aperture priority and manual. Managed the bokeh that I wanted while still capturing some action. I used an[masked] and a[masked]

      1 · November 4, 2012

    • Katie

      Definitely agree with everyone above. I used my[masked] primarily. When they get up close and personal I spent more time snuggling and playing with them than shooting. Make sure to enjoy the experience too :)

      November 5, 2012

  • Katie

    I only uploaded a few of my images to the album on here. Feel free to check out the rest on my website. If you're in a photo and you'd like a copy just email me and i'll shoot it over :)

    http://brassknucklemedia.net/rmwf

    November 5, 2012

  • Clare

    This was an awesome meetup event!

    November 4, 2012

  • Russell C.

    This was a wonderful, profound experience! Thanks to all who organized and provided this great day.

    November 4, 2012

  • Katie

    Mark is doing such an amazing service to these animals. Their gentle and sweet demeanor reflect the care and love he has given them. This experience is definitely one of the best things I've done in Colorado. I can't wait to Volunteer!

    November 4, 2012

  • Kristen

    Absolutely amazing experience!

    November 4, 2012

  • Rebecca M.

    Loved it, had a great time! The wolves were beautiful and so sweet

    November 4, 2012

  • Julie S.

    Best place on the planet!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful opportunity! The hosts were wonderful, the wolves were amazing, and the weather was perfect.

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just in awe of the wolves. Such loving and majestic creatures. Thank you for putting this together.

    November 4, 2012

  • Dave D.

    As always, it was a fantastic time with the wolves. Thanks to Mark Johnson for all he does to care for the wolves!

    November 4, 2012

  • Julie S.

    On our way, can't wait!

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the adventure from waiting list land. Since I live much closer to the destination (I live in Florissant), I'll just meet you at the Bull Moose, okay? I take my inspiration for this from Michele's post below.

    November 2, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in a dark green Liberty with blue (DV) Colorado plates. I'll keep an eye out.

      November 2, 2012

    • Dave D.

      We will be meeting in the room just inside to the right at the Bull Moose

      November 2, 2012

  • Marissa W.

    It is daylight saving this Sunday. Remember to fall back!

    November 2, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Turn your clocks back Saturday night before going bed, it is Sunday at 2am

      November 2, 2012

  • Michele B

    Hi! I am on the Nov 11 group list. It would be great f the Nov 4 group could post some post event discussion regarding lessons learned etc. I have a few questions;
    1) I am coming from Boulder. Is it OK to meet the group at the Bull Moose at 0730? 2) is a 500mm tele too much? are you very close? 3) is a tripod too limiting - do you need the mobility? do you have the room for a bunch of tripods? 4) flashes ok or not? Thanks. Looking forward to this great opportunity.

    November 1, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Michele, it makes more sense for you to meet us at the Bull Moose. I would bring several lenses. We will be in the cage with several wolves & there is on cage with 2 that we will be outside of and the telephoto will be better. A tripod will be cumbersome, but bring it just in case, better to bring it & not need it. Flashes are not needed since we will be outside and I'm thinking it might startle the wolves, Mike might know the answer to this question better.

      November 1, 2012

    • Michele B

      Thanks Dave!

      November 1, 2012

  • Jacque F.

    1 open spot - not bringing my +1

    November 1, 2012

  • Dave D.

    Please be at the parking lot at Safeway before 6am. We will be leaving as soon as we get people in vehicles to carpool. If you are running late call or text me, but we will be leaving the parking lot at 6:15am promptly.

    November 1, 2012

  • Breanna A.

    Will we need to bring a lunch, or will lunch be provided or do we get or own lunch. I'm not sure how long we are staying so please let me know. Thank you very much

    October 29, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Bring money or credit/debit card for breakfast at the Bull Moose. I would bring a snack for later. We should be leaving there around noon +/-

      October 29, 2012

    • Jacque F.

      Excellent - I was just about to ask when we would be done. I'll probably be dipping at noon in case it goes longer than that. My +1 made plans today and I was ready to strangle him. Good to know it'll work out!

      October 29, 2012

  • Dave D.

    If anyone on the attending list is not sure if they are going, please change your status so someone else can go. Thank you :)

    1 · October 29, 2012

  • Autumn G.

    Phil, I sent you a question to see if you have found anyone to switch with you for this weekend? Thanks

    Autumn

    October 29, 2012

  • Phil K.

    I'm registered for the Nov. 11th trip but am unable to attend due to an unforeseen obligation that I must attend. Is there someone who is registered for the Nov. 4th trip that would swap trips with me?

    October 19, 2012

    • Autumn G.

      Hi Phil, have you found someone to switch with you? I found out over this weekend my son qualified for a horse show this weekend, so now I can't go on the 4th, but am available to go on the 11th. If you still need to switch, I would love to switch with you. Autumn

      October 29, 2012

  • Katie

    Mike, Do you know if Mark will be hosting more events like this in the near future? If so is it possible to start with invites to those that are on the wait list first? Just a suggestion :)

    October 22, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Katie, it is Mike who set this up. Anyone can call Mark & schedule their own tour

      October 22, 2012

  • Dee W.

    Is there room for my rsvp to include a plus 1?

    October 22, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Not unless the waiting list goes away.

      October 22, 2012

  • Marilyn S.

    Why is this email coming to me saying there is a space open? Appears not to be so..................????

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still interested in going on either date if a spot opens up!!!!

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been # 5 on the waitlist since the first invite went for the 4th. So am I on the Nov 11th trip?

    October 9, 2012

    • Dave D.

      did you put yourself on the Nov 11th waiting list?

      October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am on the waitlist for the 4th-at the time there was not a trip on the 11th.

      October 10, 2012

  • Johnine B.

    This is my first meetup and I am a bit confused. I signed up for the Nov 4th event and can't seem to find a confirmation for being registered to attend. How can I find out if I am going to the Nov 4th event?

    October 9, 2012

    • Dave D.

      you are on the waiting list on the right hand side

      October 9, 2012

  • Marilyn S.

    Where is the list for the Nov. 11 trip. ?..............I don't see it.......

    October 9, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Check the calendar

      October 9, 2012

  • Mike G.

    I'm sorry. I have to back out of this event due for a family event. I hope one of the wait listed individuals gets the chance at some wonderful pictures. Very sorry that I can't attend

    I have already removed my RSVP.

    October 9, 2012

  • Marilyn S.

    As for donations.........I remember Mike saying that if he had to evacuate he didn't have enough big kennels to save all the wolves....he might still need big kennels.....

    October 9, 2012

  • Marilyn S.

    No Nov. 11 Wolf trip notice came to me. I saw one talking about a Nov. 14 trip and that was the first I saw another trip was going. Then I am seeing a Nov. 11 trip that is full, and no notice came to me. If we are moved up from a waiting list, we should be able to decline before someone adds themselves to it..................

    October 8, 2012

  • Marilyn S.

    I'm confused.......I am on wait list for Nov.4 Wolf tour. If a Tour was set up for Nov. 11, why weren't the Nov4. wait list given priority to be in the next available group ?????? Where is the Meetup posting for this Nov.11 group ? Can't find it.

    October 8, 2012

    • Michele B

      October 8, 2012

    • Dave D.

      I believe Mike moved everyone from the original waiting list from Nov 4th & placed them on the Nov 11th. If you were one of the 1st 24 on the waiting list you would have been inn the Nov 11th event

      October 8, 2012

  • Mike P.

    All of the people who were originally on the wait list for the Nov. 4th event were put on the RSVP list for the Nov. 11th event. The first event filled in 45 minutes and within a couple of hours, we had enough to fill the second event. Keep in mind that you can always call Mark and set up your own private tour if you cannot make it to either event.

    October 8, 2012

    • Michele B

      I was on the waitlist for Nov 4 and I did get put on the Nov 11 date (I can see it on the home page). So I guess if we're available for the Nov 11 date, should we take our name off the Nov 4? Or maybe it doesn't matter since the wait list doesn't move people up automatically right? You still have to jump in there when an opening pops up.

      October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marilyn posted my question :)

    October 8, 2012

  • Phil K.

    I'm signed up for the Nov. 11 trip and now find that I have an obligation I must keep. Can anyone trade a Nov. 4th trip for a Nov. 11??

    October 8, 2012

    • Russell C.

      If that spot is still open I'm available.

      October 8, 2012

    • David S.

      Phil, just change your RSVP to 'No" than someone from the waiting list can join.

      October 8, 2012

  • Autumn G.

    Mike, did you send an email earlier stating that we can take our spouses with us on the 4th? I thought you had but I can not find it.
    Thanks so much.
    Autumn

    October 5, 2012

    • Dave D.

      a +1 would have needed to have been added when you did your RSVP. There are no available spots as of now, and 25 on the waiting list.

      October 6, 2012

  • Mike P.

    I knew this would fill fast, but not in 45 minutes after posting. We may schedule a second group either later in the day or on another date. If we do, those on the waiting list will be placed on the RSVP list for the second event.

    September 29, 2012

    • Dave D.

      Russell, there was one posted for Nov 14, but it filled up too. Mike & I will do another one later in the year, or early next year

      October 5, 2012

    • Russell C.

      Wow, I guess I missed the message. Can I get on both wait lists?

      October 5, 2012

  • lindak

    Just to let you all know, if a slot opens up for the 11/4 Wolf outing, I'm ready to take it!! ...lpk

    October 5, 2012

  • lindak

    I hope another Wolf outing is scheduled! I was out of town when this was posted and missed out on signing up. I'm on the waiting list for 11/4, but I can do 11/11 if that's when the 2nd trip is scheduled.

    September 30, 2012

  • Dave D.

    Hey everyone! Mark Johnson, as you all know, only asks for donations & never charges for giving tours to see the wolves. I would like to give him some money at the presentation. If anyone would like to donate let me know when we meet at Safeway. This is only a suggestion.

    1 · September 29, 2012

  • Mike P.

    I will go with the group on 11/11. Dave Dombach will be the lead person for this trip.

    September 29, 2012

  • Paula Mac (.

    Must be the "Murphy's Law and I'm Irish Thing" ... the only weekend in November I am previously booked. This trip sounds extraordinary; hope you will do it again in the future.

    September 29, 2012

    • Mike P.

      Sorry you can't make it, but you can schedule a visit with Mark any time you want. Just visit his website and give him a call.

      September 29, 2012

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