Strange days we’re all living through right now. I think for me personally, the uncertainty is the hardest part.
I’ve been in the adventure travel industry for over 20 years and we’ve never faced anything like this before. It has been challenging to say the least – but ultimately we’ll get through it.
Last month we were planning photography trips around the world and discussing things like best sunrise locations in Glacier National Park or favorite wildlife lenses for Safaris.
Nowadays our office looks like a war-zone as we’re scrambling to rebook in-country flights, rearranging complex logistics and being the bearers of bad news to our local guides & lodges that our guests won’t be coming this spring.
It’s fantastic that we have such as great team – all of us working remotely and tirelessly facing the next challenge that comes our way surrounding COVID-19.
Through all this – we feel like it’s more important than ever to get out of the house.
Crystal and I have been making it a daily ritual to go for a long walk in the woods after the workday. We can practice our social distancing and immerse ourselves in the quiet of nature – even if it’s for just a little while. There is something profound and healing about being outside – especially when you’ve been glued to the computer all day. Just a few minutes into these walks each day I feel the stress begin to melt away – not completely – but it’s noticeable enough to make it worthwhile.
So take a deep breath and go for a long walk with your camera.
And remember, this too, shall pass and we’ll look forward to seeing you on a trip when it does.
For now – make sure you are getting plenty of fresh air and when you are inside – come join BCJ for one of our free daily webinars!
Russ Nordstrand is an award winning Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. His Fine Art Prints are hanging in private collections throughout the world and he runs Photography Tours & Workshops in the most beautiful and inspirtational locations in the Western United States and beyond.
Russ has been hiking, backpacking, photographing and guiding people in the wilderness areas, deserts, canyons and mountains of the world since 1997. He has logged thousands of miles on the trail and for many years in the past decade over half of his nights were spent in a tent in some far flung outdoor destination.
His Photography reflects an awe and admiration of the great, wide and still wild world we live in. Often his subjects include towering canyon walls, mist shrouded mountain lakes or wildlife in their natural habitat. It also reflects a commitment to preserving these places for the health of our world and for those who come after.
It would be a lie to say he does it completely from an altruistic standpoint. Like any great outdoor photographer he loves the thrill of wild, remote places and the accomplishment of nailing that shot after waking up three hours before dawn and hiking in the dark!