Entries by Ben Blankenship

Trip Report: Winter Desertscapes of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks – December 2021

Last fall, when I received the news that my November Botswana departure would again have to be postponed due to COVID effecting international travel, I was disappointed and also concerned that I would be on such a long off-period. But, the amazing leadership at Backcountry Journeys quickly came up with an amazing alternative to keep […]

Iceland | Video

Check out this video captured by guide Ben Blankenship during his time in Iceland this past September. Ben led our Best of Iceland workshop and also spent some personal time chasing light (and a volcano eruption!). Iceland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth. The combination of glacial and volcanic […]

Iceland: Land of Fire

Backcountry Journey’s guide Ben Blankenship recently led a workshop in Iceland. While there he spent some time photographing and filming the incredible Fagradalsfjall eruption. Ben created this jaw-dropping cinematic video of the eruption. “For nine days, it lay in wait. For nine days, magma gathered under the newly formed volcanic crust, building in strength and […]

Trip Report: Glacier National Park I (standard) – July 2021

Glacier National Park boasts some of the most stunning mountain landscapes in the world. Rocky peaks jut high into the sky, adorned with glacial blue lakes and tumbling cascades. Mountain goats and marmots populate the alpine meadows, where in summer, wildflower blooms erupt in the millions. For the landscape photographer who ventures here, Glacier National […]

Trip Report: Brown Bears of Alaska: Lake Clark – June 2021

Lake Clark National Park is located in southwest Alaska, and his home to a wide array of ecosystems, including tidal bays, estuaries, rainforest, glaciers, volcanos, and salmon bearing rivers and streams. And this wide array of ecosystems means that virtually all of Alaska’s iconic animals can be found here, including moose, wolf, bald eagles, wolverine, […]