Reports from the Field

Olympic National Park

George Theodore, July 30, 2018




Alaska land & Sea 2018

George Theodore, July 30, 2018



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The Palouse

George Theodore, June 29, 2018


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Patagonia 2018

George Theodore, April 26, 2018

Patagonia – an area that covers parts of Argentina and Chile – is one of those you-have-to-been-there kind of places to appreciate it. Here, in the southern Andes, you have mountains, wind, desert, wind, grasslands and wind. An awe-inspiring place with never-ending subject material, this should be on every nature and wildlife photographer’s bucket list.

We began our tour in Buenos Aires, just hours after landing, with an exclusive photo session with the champion and fun-to-work-with tango couple Emmanuel and Yanina in the beautiful neighborhood of La Boca. After a short break, we were treated to a dinner and tango show at the traditional Esquina Homero Manzi.

The following day, we flew to El Calafate where we met Danillo, our driver, and off we went to Los Glaciares national Park starting in El Chalten - home to the stunning mountain range that includes Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and other peaks. One just doesn’t tire of shooting here almost any time of day. Our three-night stay at this location (Hotel Destino Sur) included a boat trip out to Viedma Glacier

Heading back to El Calafate, we made frequent stops to photograph guanacos, armadillos, condors, rheas and …….. pumas (not!). Here at Estancia Nibepo Aike, we were treated to “live action” in herding horses and sheep, demonstrations in horsemanship and other activities. From the Estancia, we travelled to Perito Moreno, one of the few glaciers that is still progressing. After two nights at Nibepo Aike we left for Chile.

Torres del Paine National Park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, contains numerous lakes, glaciers, rivers and mountains. Dominating the landscape, the towers (Torres) and horns (Cuernos), rise almost vertically from the Patagonian steppes providing awe-stirring views from our vantage points around Lake Pehoe. And then there was an evening with the craziest display of Patagonian lenticular clouds. Like a huge fleet invasion, one after another, it just would not quit. Did I mention it was windy? You just had to be there. 

Finally, on our return to Buenos Aires, we topped off a great tour with a celebratory farewell dinner and yet another photo session with Emmanuel and Yanina.

Take a look at these terrific images from our tour participants:



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Winter in Yellowstone 2018

George Theodore, February 28, 2018

There’s just is not a better time to visit Yellowstone National Park than in winter. Yes – it’s cold! But for the nature photographer, the park becomes truly a winter wonderland full of great landscapes and abundant wildlife.

We began our tour on a perfect winter day in the Old Faithful area. With a clear blue sky above and temperatures below normal, the steam from the thermals created frost that stuck to everything. Frost laden trees against a blue sky gave our group endless opportunities for both the grand landscape and the small details. We spent the morning in the Upper and Lower Geyser Basin areas hitting the Madison River after lunch.

The next couple of days were a little overcast with some sun peeking out from time to time – perfect for photographing waterfalls and wildlife. Our wildlife catch included elk, bison, wolf, coyote, eagle and river otter. Our trip out to Yellowstone Canyon and to Haydn Valley was filled with some great moments especially when, with perfect timing, light blanketed the valley while photographing the tree.

After our stay in Yellowstone, we returned to the tour’s original stating point in Jackson WY. Behind the Elk Refuge we captured photos of Big Horn Sheep which hung around closer than we’ve seen them in eleven years of conducting this tour – great head shots and horn details.

A fun time with a great group. Here's a sampling of their images:

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Death Valley 2018

George Theodore, February 5, 2018

Arriving at Death Valley, one of our most interesting National Parks, gave us pause as we were met with streaky clouds with very little tonal differences – sort of “yuk” for photographing. But, amazingly enough, “yuk” turned to “wow” at some of the best hours for shooting. A late afternoon – early evening shoot gave us fantastic pink reflections at Salt Flats as the sun disappeared behind the mountains. Our mornings at Zabriskie were equally as satisfying especially the last one on Sunday. While we had great pre-sunrise colors at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, we had very few and small windows of sun to capture the Dune’s textures.

Given our hit and miss conditions, our resourceful workshop participants brought in some great images as you can see below:

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