Entries by Russ Nordstrand

Trip Report: Colorado Fall Colors 2016

We hit the peaking Aspen Trees right at the perfect moment this year on my Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour & Workshop. Rocky Mountain National Park was alive with golds, greens, reds and brilliant oranges. The sky was a deep cobalt blue, the temperatures were warm during the day and frigid at night – a […]

Monkey Species of Costa Rica

The jungle canopy is alive before your eyes as you step into the sweltering Costa Rican rainforest. As you are gazing up in wonder at the thick green tunnels of forest you see something swinging through the trees. It’s one of the four species of monkey that call Costa Rica home. They are the squirrel […]

Sloths of Costa Rica

Gazing up into the canopies of the Costa Rican rainforest it can be difficult to distinguish what you are looking at. The forest can be so dark, varied and dense that it is hard to pick out critters even when they are right above you. Then out of the corner of your eye you might […]

Hawaiian Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales are an endangered species which were plentiful before the advent of commercial whaling in the late 19th/ early 20th century. Conserving and replenishing their numbers has been accomplished mainly due in the present to the passage and enforcement of The Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal’s Protections Act, although there is more […]

The Great Walk of Africa

It is with great excitement that I am announcing the latest addition to Backcountry Journeys line-up of Photography Tours & Workshops: The Great Walk of Africa. A Safari you say? Well…yes. But the Great Walk is something infinitely more than your run of the mill Kenyan Safari. This unique trek is a glimpse into the […]

Photography Tour Contest / Giveaway: Alaska Grizzly Bears

As many of you know I’ve been running a contest for new visitors to my website and old friends alike. On July 1st, 2016 I will be selecting one lucky winner to join me on a Photography Tour to Katmai National Park to photograph Grizzly Bears in September of 2017. If you are already on […]

Backpacking and Photography in Glacier

As I turned towards the mountains in the distance I took a breath and sort of absorbed the scene unfolding all around. It was about 7:00am – in the summertime and I was high on the Northwest shoulder of Boulder Peak in Glacier National Park. In just about every direction jagged peaks exploded from their […]

Lone Star: Yellowstone’s Most Photogenic Geyser

Lone Star: Yellowstone’s Most Photogenic Geyser Over the years I’ve posted multitudes of images of Lone Star Geyser here on the blog. It is without a doubt the single most photogenic geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Lone Star is an ancient cone geyser that stands over 12 feet in height and emits a blast of boiling water […]