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Nature Photography Adventures' 11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey, April 2015
April 8-18, 2018 - Full
We have a new Odyssey in 2020 - which is filling fast!
Note: These Adventures fill early - and they are worth the wait!

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a photography odyssey with Nature Photography Adventures, designed to showcase giant tortoises; the return of the waved albatross; breeding colonies of blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds; sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs, great Galapagos scenery, both marine and land iguanas, Galapagos penguins, and exciting young lava flows.

We’ll board the MV Samba and wind our way through a Southern and Eastern Route among the Galapagos Islands, going ashore early and staying late to capture great wildlife and landscape images.

We’ll work to become better photographers through a combination of on-boat PowerPoint lectures and one-on-one field instruction.  The Samba is a perfect venue for downloading and reviewing images, getting critical review, and preparing for the next outing.  And we will have the entire craft to ourselves!

We have timed this waterborne adventure for April, just as the waved albatross return from their many months at sea – seeking to find their mates and start new families.  We’ll be able to photograph them in flight and in courtship – and we might be lucky enough to find an egg in a nest!

The boobies will be fully engaged in nesting.  We’ll walk amongst nests filled with fledglings, and witness the famous courtship dances by the blue-footed boobies!

Not to be outdone, we’ll find male frigate birds inflating their balloon-like pouches, hoping to persuade a flying female that this is the place and time to start a family!

 

This route takes us to some great landscape opportunities. 

Kicker Rock rises abruptly from the sea, the remnants of an ancient volcano.

We’ll have multiple opportunities to compose with tall cactus – sometimes with land iguanas chowing down on cactus lunches!

 

And we’ll walk on lava flows that that will feel like they happened yesterday!  The art we can produce there is amazing!

We’ll have time to snorkel in several locations – we encourage you to bring along a small waterproof camera to “create” in and under the water, too.    We should be able to snorkel with both sea lions and penguins – and may see sharks and sea turtles while we are in the water!  The gear is provided on the Samba – and so are some easy-to-learn kayaks!

Join us as we explore the Galapagos on the Samba.  You will have a life-changing experience among the islands.  We’ll send you home with a wealth of images and help you improve your skills along the way.

The 11 DayGalapagos Photography Odyssey is designed for a small group.  It is based in Ecuador, the safest and most stable country in South America.  The itinerary includes 3 nights of hotel lodging and 7 nights on the MV Samba.

The adventure will begin and end in Quito, Ecuador.  We will spend our first day in Quito, where we’ll explore colonial architecture.  We’ll lodge in the heart of old town Quito (a World Heritage Site) where we’ll be able to walk among structures built during the early days when the Spanish conquered this region.

   

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Contact us
Jan 7-13
Full
Jan 14-20
2 Spaces Available
Jan 21-27

Private Botswana

Contact us to arrange your own private adventure.   Feb/Mar

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Full May 1-9
Extension
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! 2 Spaces Available June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Full
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
2 Spaces
Nov 7-17

 

Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Space Available
Dec 2-12

2019

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features...
Space Available
Jan 13-19
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Limited
Space Available
Mar 14-23

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7

Yellowstone Fall Photography Safari

Fall in Yellowstone. Elk rutting, to see who gets to contibute to the genepool. Bears fattening up for winter. Thinner crowds and more directional light - better for waterfalls, thermal features, and other animals. Sometimes the first snow. Sometimes crystal blue skies. All a photographer's paradise if you know where to be, when - and we do!
Space Available
Sep 28 - Oct 5
         

2020

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 15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr 12-25