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Yosemite Fall Colors

A unique opportunity to photograph and hike Yosemite during the spectacular fall color season. Yosemite is one of the most unique natural wonders on our planet and provides jaw dropping opportunities for landscape photography, waterfalls, rainbows and wildlife! The light is soft in the fall and the colors are vibrant making for superb landscape photography opportunities. We schedule this trip in late fall to take advantage of Yosemite Valley’s brilliant foliage when it is turning red and gold.

Brand New Itinerary!

Join me this winter on an unforgettable exploration of Costa Rica’s diverse and amazing wildlife. This week long excursion takes us to the remote Osa Peninsula coined by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on Earth! We will be staying in a deluxe modern Eco-Lodge and photographing Monkeys, Birds, Sloths and a variety of Frogs and Reptiles. Spaces are limited on this small group tour! Click here for details.

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Pre-Order 2017 Wall Calendars

2017 Wall Calendars are here! My latest Photography Calendar “Bears of North America” measures 22″ by 14″ when open and features 13 Full-Frame, beautiful photographs of both Grizzly & Black Bears from Yellowstone, Alaska, Glacier, Yosemite & The Great Smoky Mountains. Pre-Order your calendars this week for a special discount of 10% Off the $22.95 […]

Photography Tours & Workshops

Photo: BCJ Owner & Photo Guide Russ Nordstrand

“Backcountry Journeys offers an incredible selection of both Lodge-Based and Wilderness Camping Photography Tours & Workshops. My trips offer guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens with landscape and wildlife photography being the focus. I run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tour & Workshop itineraries with locales varying from year to year. Destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier National Park, Yosemite & the Canyons of Utah. New trips and itineraries are being added all the time so check back often!”

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Daily Hawk-tography

Backcountry Journeys offers daily “Hawktography” tours in Flagstaff, Arizona. These three hours sessions focus solely on photographing high quality images of wild Red-Tailed Hawks in their native habitat. Click for details!

Art Exhibits

I regularly feature my work at both juried and private Art Exhibits around the country and at various gallery showings. For more information on where I will be displaying my photography or to learn more about purchasing Fine Art Prints please click here.

Upcoming Tour Destinations

Yosemite Fall Colors

Yosemite Fall Colors

Yosemite National Park is reminiscent of names like John Muir and Ansel Adams. It is an icon of American Mountain Scenery and one of the world’s first National Parks. The beauty and history of this place is unparalleled from the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the mirror-like Merced River as it courses through Yosemite Valley.

  • November 5th to 9th, 2016
  • $2940

The Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii’s Big Island is one of the most photographically interesting and strangely beautiful locations on Earth. Situated across the Pacific Ocean in the most remote and isolated archipelago in the world, this young volcanic island teems with life and beckons to be explored. Hawaii Island is an ecological wonder with life zones varying from lush rainforests, warm pacific beaches to snow-capped mountain peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation. The micro-climates as well as the sheer volume of rare flora and fauna species of this place are staggering – it’s hard to put down the camera!

  • January 15th to 20th, 2017
  • $3490