Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Backpacking Alaska’s Katmai National Park

Last August Crystal and I took a group of nine hardy souls on an epic backpacking trip across Alaska’s Katmai Range. The route we took led us from the Valley of 10,000 Smokes across Katmai Pass to the Pacific Ocean on the far side of the range. It was about a 50-mile hike through a […]

Alaskan Bald Eagles

I’ve just returned from a great trip to Alaska. The weather was beautifully clear for Coastal Alaska in March. It snowed one day but there clear, sunny skies the rest of the time. It was a great photo shoot as I was able to capture some cool images of the Northern Lights near Fairbanks (next […]

Just Married!

We’re just wrapping up with a three week stay on the island of Kauai where Crystal and I ran a backpacking trip along the Na Pali Coast, hiked the same trail with a group of our friends and then we had a wedding. Yep – we’re married now! Thanks to Keven, Ann, John & Mike […]

Visions of Havasupai

Greetings everyone! I thought I’d share with you some of my recent images of Havasu Falls and the various waterfalls of Havasupai. These images are a collection of photographs taken over several years of trekking deep within the hallowed walls of Grand Canyon to visit this enchanting place. Havasupai is the last place within Grand […]

The Zion Narrows

Zion National Park is a true treasure of the American West as one of the most geologically interesting landscapes in the world – thus making it a dream trip for photographers. Zion was the first National Park in Utah and offers excellent hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing and of course photography making it a popular summer […]

Wildlife of Tsavo: Elephants and Lions

Tsavo National Park is one of the largest wilderness reserves globally and includes some 16,000 square miles of protected land within the African Nation of Kenya. This park is larger than many East Coast states in the U.S put together and offers a wealth of wildlife photography opportunities. It is also one of the most […]

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 […]

Photographing Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

Howler Monkeys are a species of New World monkey found in tropical Central and South America. They are named Howler Monkeys because of their cacophonous (or very loud) cries that can be heard up to 3 miles away when in large groups. The males of this species have large throats and specialized shell-like vocal chambers […]

Hawaii Volcanoes Photography: Kilauea Lava Flow Ocean Entry

Tropical paradise you say? Well sure I’ll take that! Who wouldn’t? The Hawaiian islands are known for their warm, breezy climate, palm fringed coastlines and tranquil blue waters. But what about the volcano? Kilauea Volcano is currently the most active volcano on earth and it’s Hawaiian name literally means ‘the spewing’. The current Kileau lava […]

Trip Report: Colorado Fall Colors 2016

We hit the peaking Aspen Trees right at the perfect moment this year on my Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour & Workshop. Rocky Mountain National Park was alive with golds, greens, reds and brilliant oranges. The sky was a deep cobalt blue, the temperatures were warm during the day and frigid at night – a […]

Monkey Species of Costa Rica

The jungle canopy is alive before your eyes as you step into the sweltering Costa Rican rainforest. As you are gazing up in wonder at the thick green tunnels of forest you see something swinging through the trees. It’s one of the four species of monkey that call Costa Rica home. They are the squirrel […]

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 […]