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The Big Island of Hawaii

  • January 15th to 20th, 2017
  • $3450

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. Check it out!

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The Great Walk of Africa

  • June 18th to July 1st, 2017
  • $9949

Africa’s definitive walking safari. Hike along two of the most beautiful rivers that are the home to the biggest elephant herds in Africa. Hike for almost 2 weeks across about 100 miles of wildlife and wilderness paradise and Kenya’s immense Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. This Great Walk experience combines the best of trekking, photography and incredible safari-bush camping in the wilderness of Kenya. Afternoon game drives maximize wildlife encounters for the greatest experience possible. Click here for details.

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Sloths of Costa Rica

Gazing up into the canopies of the Costa Rican rainforest it can be difficult to distinguish what you are looking at. The forest can be so dark, varied and dense that it is hard to pick out critters even when they are right above you. Then out of the corner of your eye you might […]

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

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Join us in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula this winter and photograph a bewildering array of birds, monkeys, sloths, cats, dart-frogs and more! Based out of a deluxe, modern eco-lodge known for it’s local population of Scarlet Macaws!

  • February 12th to 18th, 2017
  • $3495

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