Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Polar Bears: One Spot Left!

Interested in photographing Polar Bears up-close & personal this year? We have one spot left on our September 25th to 30th departure! Our Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic Photography Tour & Workshop takes place on a remote island in the Arctic in the Inupiaq Village of Kaktovik. Lodging space is extremely limited on this […]

New Trip: Arches & Canyonlands

It is with great excitement that we are announcing a brand new photography trip here at Backcountry Journeys! In continuing our tradition of exploring the vastness of Utah’s canyons – next March we will be taking a small group of adventurous photographers to photograph both Arches & Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. We have scheduled […]

Trip Report: Wildlife of Costa Rica

Since we ran two trips to Costa Rica within a relatively short timeframe this year I’m going to do one Trip Report that will highlight the images from each trip as well as from Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side. The Osa Peninsula is a unique locale even for Costa Rica due to the […]

Trip Report: Brown Bears of Katmai in Summer

This year our photography expedition to Brooks Falls was nothing short of phenomenal in terms of weather and photo quality. We were able to capture some outstanding images of Brown Bears including fishing bears, standing bears, wrestling bears and even fighting bears! The weather was about the most stable I’ve ever seen it at Brooks […]

We have spots open on our August Glacier trip!

Looking for an unforgettable summer adventure? Look no further and join us for some alpine splendor in Glacier National Park this summer! Our July trips are completely sold out but we have a few spots left on our August 12th to 17th special departure. This is a professionally guided photographic tour / workshop focused on alpine […]

2020 Photo Trip Schedule

Drumroll please! We are excited to announce our 2020 schedule of photography tours, workshops & safaris. We have published dates for the majority of our most popular trips including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion & Bryce and our signature Alaskan Brown Bears trips. We have some cool new itineraries in the works including lodge-based versions of our […]

2018 is the Year of the Bird

Birds are fantastic photographic subjects. There is just something aesthetically pleasing about them. The beauty of their flight, the color and texture of their feathers, their faces, beaks. The dynamic sunrises, sunsets and landscapes that make up the frame? We at Backcountry Journeys love and appreciate birds. And for more than just great photographs. We […]

New Trip: Spring in Yosemite

At Backcountry Journeys we are always dreaming up and putting together great new photography trips – and this one is no exception! Starting in the Spring of 2019 we will be offering both a standard and a hiker version of our brand-new Spring in Yosemite Photography Tour & Workshop. The dates for this trip are […]

Trip Report: Bald Eagles 2018

We had an awesome exploration of Kachemak Bay in Alaska this year photographing Bald Eagles. The weather was perfect in late March and we were able to photograph literally hundreds of different birds around the various inlets, bays and passages in and around Seldovia, Alaska. We had two days of light overcast and two days […]

Glacier National Park – New Summer Dates Announced!

We are pleased to announce the addition of another fantastic trip to Glacier National Park this summer. Our July photography excursions to Glacier have pretty much filled up so we decided to offer a third departure in August of 2018. Dates:  August 12th to 17th, 2018 August is a fantastic time to visit the “Jewel of the […]

Update from the field: Northern Lights

Well we’ve just wrapped up the first session of our Ultimate Northern Lights Photography trip. It was a bit cloudier than it usually in Fairbanks this time of year – also incredibly warm for winter in Alaska. Temperatures never really dipped into the negatives the whole week! Despite overwhelmingly cloudy skies we still managed three […]