Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Images from the Great Smoky Mountains – Fall 2018

Our 2018 excursion to the Great Smoky Mountains was as successful as ever despite the fall colors being somewhat lackluster compared to other years. Our primary focus was on capturing beautiful ethereal waterfalls and the great sweeping vistas visible from high on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Below are some of my images from the trip. […]

New Trip: Brown Bears of Alaska – Lake Clark National Park

It is with great excitement that we are launching yet another brand new trip here at Backcountry Journeys! This one has been long awaited as it is our first “Lodge-Based” photography trip to see the Brown Bears of Alaska! Although we have offered wilderness camping trips to Katmai National Park for several years as well […]

New Dates: Yosemite in Winter

Our Yosemite in Winter trip only has one spot left on the February 2019 departure. So…we went ahead and added another one! If you are interested in joining us to photograph Yosemite National Park this winter you now have two sets of dates to choose from! February 11th to 16th, 2019 February 17th to 22nd, […]

Costa Rica – New Winter Dates Added!

We are excited to announce that we have added some new dates to our Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Tour & Workshop this winter in February! Also – if you are thinking about joining us in December we now have only two spots left on our December 2nd to 8th, 2018 departure – so get […]

2019 Photography Trips are selling out fast!

If you are interested in joining Backcountry Journeys for a Photography Tour, Workshop or Safari this next year make your decision quick! We’ve got lots of new trips planned for 2019 and it’s going to be an exciting year for our guests and trip leaders as we will be nearly doubling our trip offerings! With […]

New Trip – Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce in Winter

It is with great excitement that we are announcing the latest addition to Backcounty Journeys Photography Tour, Workshop & Safari itineraries. This winter we will be taking a select small group of photographers on a journey to photograph Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks during their least crowded season. Winter in Utah’s canyon country is […]

Photograph Wild Grizzlies at Brooks Falls

We have just a few spots remaining on our popular Brown Bears of Katmai in the Fall Photography Tour, Workshop & Safari. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a remote location in Alaska to photograph wild grizzlies this is your chance. We spend four days photographing Coastal Brown Bears from our camp located along […]

New Photography Trip: Yosemite in Winter

We are excited to announce the release of yet another fantastic photo journey here at Backcountry Journeys! Although we’ve ran photography trips in Yosemite for years this will be the first time we’ve put together a winter itinerary in America’s Iconic National Park. We’ve timed this trip to coincide with abundant snowfall in the High […]

Polar Bears: One Spot Left!

Interested in photographing Polar Bears up-close & personal this year? We have one spot left on our September 25th to 30th departure! Our Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic Photography Tour & Workshop takes place on a remote island in the Arctic in the Inupiaq Village of Kaktovik. Lodging space is extremely limited on this […]

New Trip: Arches & Canyonlands

It is with great excitement that we are announcing a brand new photography trip here at Backcountry Journeys! In continuing our tradition of exploring the vastness of Utah’s canyons – next March we will be taking a small group of adventurous photographers to photograph both Arches & Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. We have scheduled […]

Trip Report: Wildlife of Costa Rica

Since we ran two trips to Costa Rica within a relatively short timeframe this year I’m going to do one Trip Report that will highlight the images from each trip as well as from Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side. The Osa Peninsula is a unique locale even for Costa Rica due to the […]

Trip Report: Brown Bears of Katmai in Summer

This year our photography expedition to Brooks Falls was nothing short of phenomenal in terms of weather and photo quality. We were able to capture some outstanding images of Brown Bears including fishing bears, standing bears, wrestling bears and even fighting bears! The weather was about the most stable I’ve ever seen it at Brooks […]

We have spots open on our August Glacier trip!

Looking for an unforgettable summer adventure? Look no further and join us for some alpine splendor in Glacier National Park this summer! Our July trips are completely sold out but we have a few spots left on our August 12th to 17th special departure. This is a professionally guided photographic tour / workshop focused on alpine […]

2020 Photo Trip Schedule

Drumroll please! We are excited to announce our 2020 schedule of photography tours, workshops & safaris. We have published dates for the majority of our most popular trips including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion & Bryce and our signature Alaskan Brown Bears trips. We have some cool new itineraries in the works including lodge-based versions of our […]