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July 31 - August 7, 2025 - Space Available


2025 Rates

$15,900 Each, Double Occupancy
$17,200 Single Occupancy

$1,000 Deposit with Application

Balance Due September 1, 2024

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When summer comes to Alaska, millions of salmon gather offshore in Bristol Bay.  When the waters coming from streams and rivers feeding into the bay smell just right, the salmon begin moving upstream.  Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon run is the biggest in the world, with some salmon taking a month or more to make it to their individual spawning grounds – the very place they began life as eggs and then fry.  Some of the main salmon routes have so many salmon it takes weeks for all of them to pass, creating a red stripe one can see from the air.

Brown bears, normally solitary animals, begin to drift toward favorite “fishing holes” in anticipation of the arrival of the salmon.

 

They are suddenly in close proximity with others of their kind.  Some they remember and greet with loud displays, often needing to reassert dominance.  This can result in friendly “battles”, which are amazing to watch and photograph.

And, females bring their young to learn to fish.  Amazing to watch.  But they must keep large males away, as they will kill cubs that are not their own!

Every bear develops its own style of fishing. Good moms teach good skills. And some bears just don't seem to know how to do anything but pounce with a huge splash!

As you might imagine, every time a salmon swimming upstream encounters the confluence of two or more streams, a choice has to be made.  They have to “taste” the waters of both streams to know for sure which one to choose.  As they mill around to accomplish that, they present a great opportunity for bears – and it is in such spots that bears congregate in significant numbers.

 

Also, obstructions, such as waterfalls, present similar opportunities for the bears – and photographers - as the salmon are held up and then have to leap to get over the obstacle.

In 2025, we’ll gather the Katmai Alaska Bears Wild Photography Adventure participants in Anchorage on July 31.  The next morning we’ll transfer to Lake Clark Air for a sightseeing flight to the Farm Lodge and Lake Clark Resort.  That flight will take us over inlets and volcanos and glacier clad peaks.  We’ll swoop down to Port Alsworth, headquarters of Lake Clark National Park – and our home for the next few nights.

Your room will be a few steps from the water's edge, close to where the float planes are moored.  We’ll have time, that afternoon poke around – maybe even take a hike.  Sunrises and sunsets are amazing just outside your front door.  And the flora around the lodge is incredible!  Most food for what I term wilderness gourmet meals, is grown right on the grounds in gardens and greenhouses.

Then, it’s five days of small float plane flights out to the Katmai to seek out the spots where the bears are most active. 

One or more of those days should (dependent on the salmon run) take us to the fabled Brooks Falls.

 

And, we have the option to say all or part of the group (depending on plane configuration) can sit out the bears and take the float planes to outstanding glacier, lake, canyon, river, and volcano views.  There is even a historical cabin that the park service has protected.

On the last morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we’ll load back into Lake Clark Air and head back to Anchorage.  We’ll arrange transfers to Stevens Airport (ANC) or you can make other arrangements if you have more Alaska explorations in mind.

 

Katmai Alaska Bears Wild Photography Adventure

July 31 - August 7, 2025

This adventure begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. All lodging, internal transportation (including domestic flights, vehicle transport, and transfers), guide services, permits and entrances, preparation materials, and photography guides are included. All meals from dinner on July 31 through breakfast on August 7 are included.

2025 Rates

$15,900 Each, Double Occupancy
$17,200 Single Occupancy

$1,000 Deposit with Application

Balance Due September 1, 2024

Minimum group size - 5, maximum - 8

 

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2024

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Full

Feb
14-25

We're headed back to the Galapagos with a new yacht and new itinerary. Join us in 2024 - and we'll explore favorite haunts and add new landings and vistas. Giant tortoises, flightless frigates, 3 kinds of boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, flamingos, and the northernmost penguin in the world. The list goes on and on! Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives.
Full
Apri19-29

Borneo
Private Adventure

Explore the wilds of Borneo. Rainforest filled with unique birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Sun Bear. Orangutan. Proboscus monkeys. Langurs. Pygmy Elephants. 8 kinds of Hornbills. Trogons. Broadbills. Fish owls. Kingfishers. Not the same versions of these one might find elsewhere! Giant Flying Squirrels. Pangolin. Clouded Leopard. The list goes on - and this itinerary gives you both a great experience and outstanding photography opportunities.
Full
Jun 20-30
The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebras reaches Tanzania's Northern Serengeti in late July or early August. Rains furthern north, in Kenya's Masai Mara beckon the herds - and the route involves crossing the treacherous Mara River where crocodiles await. We've timed this safari to put you at the right place at the right time to capture the drama - and so much more as we explore the areas around the Mara, the Central Serengeti, Tarangire National Park, and the fabled Ngorongoro Crater!
Space Available
Aug 19-30

It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park September 15-19.

Space Available

Sep 2-15

Journey with us into the wilds of Ethiopia to visit a number of ethnic groups that have clung to the old ways. We'll learn how each group sees the world differently - and how it shapes their personal actions and looks. We'll make amazing artful images of the peoples, their worlds, and the natural world around them. This is a wild adventure - we'll be journeying to where few people go - and tourism infrastructue is available. Check out the itinerary here.
Space Available

Oct 6 - 20

Ice Caves. Glaciers exhibiting their winter "blues". Frozen Waterfalls. Outstanding icebergs and bits on black sand beaches and floating in both fresh and salt water. Unique ice formations. And, the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights with great foregrounds. This is an adventure you don't want to miss. Join us!
Space Available

Nov 5 - 14

2025

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb 2-14

Lions and leopards and cheetahs! Oh my! This two week safari is dedicated to putting us in great positions to photograph cats in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. And, our design lets us "hang out" with the cats until something interesting happens! Timed for when the grasses in the Serengeti are turning green and the game is fat - when cats are in their prime. Read the description and secure your space before its gone. We'll come home with great images and many memories and stories!
Space Available

Feb 16-Mar 1

Borneo! Rainforests. Orangutans. Gibbons. Pygmy elephants. Proboscis monkeys. 420 species of birds, including amazing hornbills and kingfishers, brightly colored little birds, pheasants, and the ancestor to the modern chicken. Carnivorous plants. Sun bears. The list goes on and on. We've built an itinerary that takes you into the canopy, on trails by foot, on rivers by boat, and out on night safari. This is not an adventure you want to miss!
Limited
Space Available

Jun 15-25

Our Drones Photography Group is at it again! Back to Iceland to visit a number of unique sites, looking for great places, away from people, to position our drone cameras to capture unique angles. This time we'll find some great "interior" locations, some thermal features, some wild coastlines, and some exciting rivers. Waterfalls are always part of the game in Iceland - you'll be able to position your drone where no person has ever put a camera before. Bring your drone and come create great art with us!
Limited
Space Available

July 7-16

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to witness and photograph the interesection of the world's largest sockeye salmon run and a scores of hungry bears. Based in a private lodge on Lake Clark, each day we'll fly out to a spot where bears are gathered to catch and feed on salmon traveling upstream to spawn. Bear to bear interactions are constant. Fishing techniques are exciting to photograph. The scenery is outstanding. We are likely to include a day at Brooks Falls, dependent on salmon runs. Small group. An active wild adventure.
Space Available

Jul 31 - Aug 7

Join us in Brazil's Pantanal for a wild adventure that features both jaguars and an amazing array of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The Pantanal is the only place in the world where one can reliably find and photograph jaguars - as they are nocturnal hunters everywhere else. The birds here are fantastic - this is one of our favorite places to photograph flying birds (we can help you build your skills). Add in close-up encounters with giant river otters and so much more. Join us for this wild adventure!
Space Available

Aug 11-23

Turkey sits at a geographical crossroads, which means that, over history, many cultures have passed through Turkey, each leaving a distinct imprint on the culture and the archaeological record. Let's explore some of the great archaeological wonders - while putting ourselves in great positions make exciting art with cameras. Mosques, Fairy Chimneys, Ephasus, Istanbul, Aphrodisia, Pergamum, Assos and so much more.
Limited
Space Available

Sep 21 - Oct 5

2026

To sit quietly in a bamboo thicket with a gorilla family, interacting with eye contact, observing, and making compelling images is truly a life changing experience. Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Fitness level is necessary to accomplish this adventure. Dates are tentative until we secure permits.
Space Available

Jan 8-20

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb 9-21

Join us in 2026 as we'll explore favorite haunts and add new landings and vistas. Giant tortoises, flightless frigates, 3 kinds of boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, flamingos, and the northernmost penguin in the world. The list goes on and on! Exciting landscapes. So much to learn about geology, biology, and evolution.Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives.
Space Available

Apr 17-27