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Featured Trip

Canyons of Utah

  • March 28th to April 2nd, 2017
  • $2940

Discover the heart of canyon country through your lens on this six-day photographic excursion into Southern Utah. We’ll explore the delicate and colorful slot canyons of Zion National Park as well as the ancient weather-worn hoodoo rock formations of Bryce Canyon. We’ll also venture into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to photograph it’s rugged maze of canyons, rivers and spectacular desert waterfalls.

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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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Scarlet Macaws of Costa Rica

I just returned from Costa Rica on my latest Photography Workshop to the Osa Peninsula. The wildlife was excellent including Capuchin, Spider and Howler Monkeys, Red-Legged Honey Creepers, Coatis, Green Iguanas, Magnificent Frigate Birds, Tiger Herons and of course – Scarlet Macaws! The Macaw photography was particularly good this year – see below for some […]

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

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

Explore and photograph the vibrant landscapes & thriving wildlife populations of Yellowstone in the Spring. Many species of wildlife are calving this time of year such as Elk, Bison and Pronghorn. You will have the opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures as well as the possibility of seeing Wolves, Bears, Moose, Bald Eagles, Fox, Osprey and more.

  • May 6th to 12th, 2017
  • May 12th to 18th, 2017 (Sold Out)
  • $2725