Entries by Kenton Krueger

How-To: Photographing Lightning

What is more electrifying (pun intended) for a landscape photographer than a chance to shoot a storm filled with lightning?  A lot of adrenaline comes with photographing storms, and rightfully so. For starters, storms and lightning are unpredictable so there is a “thrill of the hunt” factor. It also can be a dangerous activity, as […]

Lightning Photography: Playing it Safe

Each year the summer monsoon brings with it the return of moisture to the thirst-starved sprawling landscape and rocky canyons of the desert southwest. During this time photogenic thunderstorms abound as they pop up across the region, firing off localized sheets of rain, thunder and lightning! Each day towering cumulus clouds build, eventually bursting, sending […]

A Kootenai Grizzly Story 

Evidence exists in the Glacier National Park region suggesting humans have lived in the area for over 10,000 years.  By the time the first European explorers arrived, in the early 1800s, several native tribes inhabited the area. While the Blackfeet controlled the vast prairies east of the mountains, the Salish and Kootenai lived and hunted […]

Introducing Trevor LaClair

Things here at Backcountry Journeys are back in full-swing, and following a period of time navigating COVID, it feels great to report that we feel as though we’re busier than ever before! As such, it really quickly became evident we would need more hands on deck. We’ll be introducing a handful of new folks here […]

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Backcountry Journeys! Each 4th of July, Americans come together as just that – Americans. We unite to celebrate the birth of our nation, generally with picnics, parades, flags, music, fireworks and more!  But, did you know this style of celebration is not all that different than how […]

Photographing Bears the Safe Way

Ask a person what comes to their mind first when they think about photographing giant brown bears in the Alaskan wilderness, and chances are they’ll say something close to: “Uh, not getting eaten!!” It is a relatively good thing to have a healthy case of fear, or maybe it is better referred to as “respect.” […]

The North Rim Lodge

Backcountry Journeys is headed back to the Grand Canyon in late July for our Southwest Monsoon: Grand Canyon Country photography tour. We are extremely excited about this tour, as Grand Canyon is one of a few special locations BCJ likes to call “home.” We’ve explored and guided at Grand Canyon for years and years and […]

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day is often regarded as the unofficial ‘beginning of summer;’ a time for parties, travel, picnics, and other social events spanning the long weekend many of us enjoy each year at the end of May. From all of us here at Backcountry Journeys, we do hope that you enjoyed your weekend. We also hope […]

Join the BCJ Facebook “Tribe” Family

Have you heard the rumors? The official Backcountry Journeys’ Tribe Facebook page is free. And, it’s pretty fun, too. Not to mention it can be entertaining, educational, and just a bunch of what you’re looking for in a Facebook Group Page dedicated to folks who love nature photography and travel. It’s one big happy family […]

Summer Monsoon: An Electric Time to Visit the Desert Southwest & Grand Canyon

Each summer prevailing winds in Arizona, typically out of the west, shift to a southeasterly direction bringing with it moisture from the Gulfs of Mexico and California. This, combined with surface low pressure from the desert heat produce storms in a cycle of “bursts” and “breaks.” These bursts and breaks are the summer ‘monsoon.’ The […]

Introducing Kelley Stich

New hire announcement time! Yes, the rumors floating around are true, there’s a new “sheriff” in town at Backcountry Journeys. By now it’s possible you have already corresponded with Kelley because she’s been on the job for about a month. However, everyone here at BCJ is entitled to an introductory post like this one, so […]

Take Sharp Photos Even When It is WINDY!

Later this week, Matt Meisenheimer and I are headed to Southern Utah to lead Backcountry Journeys’ Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce photography tours. Matt will be there for the first, I will be leading both.   Zion and Bryce are certainly two of the more interesting photographic locations anywhere, and I am eagerly anticipating getting […]