Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Great Smoky Mountains in the Fall

As late August approaches and summer winds down in many parts of country – fall starts to appear in the higher elevations and mountains ranges. I run several trips to photograph the fall colors in order of appearance – starting with the Brown Bears of Katmai in September (Alaska) and then moving on to Yellowstone, […]

A Week in the Mountains

This summer Crystal, Brutus (the dog) and I went for a week long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness in the high San Juan Mountains. I obviously packed my Canon 5DSR and a few lenses but it wasn’t really meant to be a photography trip – it was meant to be a walk in the […]

Trip Report: Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

This May I had the fortune to spend two whole weeks in Yellowstone National Park with some great people. We explored the park on foot and by vehicle with the goal being to spend as much time as possible photographing wildlife, thermal features and the great wild ecosystem that is Yellowstone. Yellowstone has an average […]

Trip Report: Waterfalls of Havasupai

Well hello everyone – sorry it’s been so long from the last post! It’s been a long month – I’m just back from Yellowstone (pics and posts to come soon!) but it was due time to share this trip report from our excellent photography adventure to Havasu Falls this spring! We had excellent weather and […]

Bristol Bay Salmon & the Katmai Bears

One of my most popular Photography Trips is to head up to Alaska and visit the Brown Bears in Katmai National Park. This incredible journey takes us into the extremely remote Alaskan Peninsula which is completely inaccessible by road. The only access into this pristine wilderness is by small float-plane. Alaska is home to 98 […]

Trip Report: Canyons of Utah 2017

Just back from another successful Backcountry Journeys trip to the canyons of Southern Utah. We explored Zion and Bryce National Parks as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The weather cooperated very nicely for a landscape oriented photography adventure. We had broken cloudy skies most of the type and even some dramatic snow-storm conditions. […]

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 […]