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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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Trip Report: Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall

The 2016 Brown Bears of Katmai Photgraphy Tour & Workshop was an outstanding success. We had exceptional weather for the Alaska Peninsula in the fall and the bears did not disappoint! Our group of eight arrived in Brooks Camp after a beautiful float-plane ride over surprisingly sunny Naknek Lake and setup our camp nestled among the […]

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

Photograph Brown Bears in Alaska

Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall

Embark on the journey of a lifetime to the remote wilderness of Katmai National Park, Alaska to photograph Brown Bears up close and personal! Katmai is one of the largest National Parks in the United States at over 4 million acres and is arguably the single best place on Earth to photograph Brown Bears in their natural environment.

Now Booking through 2018!

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