Entries by Russ Nordstrand

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 […]

Hawaiian Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales are an endangered species which were plentiful before the advent of commercial whaling in the late 19th/ early 20th century. Conserving and replenishing their numbers has been accomplished mainly due in the present to the passage and enforcement of The Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal’s Protections Act, although there is more […]

The Great Walk of Africa

It is with great excitement that I am announcing the latest addition to Backcountry Journeys line-up of Photography Tours & Workshops: The Great Walk of Africa. A Safari you say? Well…yes. But the Great Walk is something infinitely more than your run of the mill Kenyan Safari. This unique trek is a glimpse into the […]

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 […]

New Trip: Tsavo Great Walk: The Ultimate African Safari

It is with much excitement that I would like to introduce the latest addition to the Backcountry Journeys line-up of Photography Tours & Workshops. The Tsavo Great Walk is a 100 mile trek across Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Spanning a period of 10 days this ultimate photography adventure combines the best of African Trekking along […]

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 […]

Out on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast

This August I ran a private backpacking trip along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. Nine adventurous souls joined Crystal and I along one of the most beautiful and difficult hikes in the country. We endured torrential (albeit warm) rain, mud, steep cliffs, slippery trails and rugged terrain in order to reach one of the most spectacular […]

Flagstaff Art in the Park this weekend

It’s time once again for Flagstaff Art in the Park this Labor Day weekend. I will be downtown all weekend displaying my Wildlife & Landscape Photography at Wheeler Park from 9am to 5pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. My current display features Landscapes & Wildlife from the American West printed on Chromaluxe Aluminum in several different […]

Photography Session with a Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

These images are from a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. We encountered this 21 year old male Grizzly Bear near Le Hardy Rapids along the Yellowstone River just North of Fishing Bridge in Hayden Valley. A Bison carcass had floated downstream and become stuck on river rocks in the center of the stream. This […]

Osprey Nest and Immature Bald Eagle in Yellowstone

I’m out here in Yellowstone National Park right now on a five-day photography tour. We’ve explored and photographed Cooke City, Lamar Valley, Tower Junction, Canyon and Hayden Valley at this point. The Wildlife in Lamar on the quiet side however Hayden Valley has been excellent! So far on this trip we’ve managed great photographs of […]

The Last Yellowstone Wildlife Chase of 2016

I’m sitting at the local Food Co-op in Bozeman, Montana (great locally sourced grocery & restaurant) gearing up for my latest adventure. It’s been a whirlwind summer (as it always is!) consisting of travel, photography and lots of interesting people! Since we left home about two months ago we’ve visited Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Alaska, […]

Trip Report: Glacier National Park

The 2016 Glacier National Park Photography Tour and Workshop was fun and successful this year despite some challenging mountain weather. Haytham, Laura, Crystal and I explored and photographed the park from dawn until dusk just about everyday. We hiked up to Avalanche Lake on the west side as well as Hidden Lake on Logan Pass […]

New Trip: Yellowstone & Grand Teton in Autumn!

I’ve just added dates to a brand new itinerary that will have us exploring and photographing Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks during the Autumn months! This trip is a fully-inclusive tour where we will extensively photograph both of these iconic National Parks during September – which happens to be my favorite month to be […]

Adventure in Alaska

Just back from an incredible adventure in the Alaskan Wilderness. We spent almost two weeks backpacking, photographing, trekking, bushwacking, slogging through swamps, crossing rivers, trekking over glaciers, photographing Brown Bears and riding in bush planes. The trip began in King Salmon, Alaska and after spending some time at world famous Brooks Falls with the bears […]