Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Workshop 2019 - No1

Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Workshop 2019 - No1

Dates:  January 5 - 12, 2019 (8 days/7 nights)

Tour size:  Cindy plus 7 people
Specifications:  Two Snowcoaches for 4 days, each person allocated their own bench seat.
                           Two Large SUV’s for 4 days, each person with a door to exit quickly.
Cost:  $5,400 per person (All single accommodation.  Less $400.00 for shared double)

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Winter Wildlife Galore!  Yes, this is absolutely the best Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Photography Workshop.

An all-inclusive FIRST CLASS package, this intense photography workshop includes meals, lodging and all the instruction you desire.  Dial your mode to M and start exposing perfectly for wild subjects in snow.  We will spend 4 days photographing the wildlife of the Lamar Valley and 4 days photographing deep in the interior of Yellowstone.  Although we will see and photograph many scenic wonders on our journey, we will spend the majority of our time photographing winter wildlife. Each morning we will depart before 7:00 am and will not return until dark.  A box lunch and snacks will be provided each day.  Our private coaches and vehicles allow us to stay on location for extended periods and to maximize each wildlife encounter.  In the evenings we will continue to eat and breathe photography!  Settle into your comfy room, as we stay all eight nights at the Best Western Hotel in Gardiner, Montana where we can access both Lamar and Hayden Valleys. 

Our privately chartered 12 passenger snow-coaches will carry just four photographers each.  We will have complete freedom to travel to different areas of the interior depending on recent wildlife sightings and weather.  Perhaps Hayden Valley for fox, otter, ermine, bison and trumpeter swan; or the Madison River for bobcat, bull elk and fishing coyotes.  We have 4 full days to photograph wildlife in the interior among stunning wintery backgrounds.

On the Lamar Valley days we may expect to see bighorn sheep, pronghorn, moose, fox, mule deer, bull elk, ermine, wolves and eagles.  On the morning of January 7, we will travel just outside the Northeast entrance for a 3-hour session to photograph wild pine marten, stellar jay, Clark’s nutcracker, mountain chickadee, pine siskin and evening grosbeaks as they feed just outside open windows.

Wildlife photographed last year during January included: bobcat, ermine, beaver, coyote, trumpeter swan, bald eagle, golden eagle, otter, bison, fox, bull elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, marten and lots of birds.

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Details:

Day 1 – Saturday January 5, 2019

10:00 am:  I will meet participants in the lobby of Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman (Not Belgrade) where we review camera settings and check equipment, this is followed by a digital photography lecture and slide show discussing exposing properly for digital capture, shooting on Manual, wildlife photography strategies and natural history photography during winter.   After lunch we will stop by Bozeman Camera for any rentals or last minute items before traveling together to Gardiner.  After check-in, we will enjoy a late afternoon wildlife drive followed by a welcome dinner.  Dinner and lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner. 

Day 2 – Sunday January 6

7:00 am:  Depart Gardiner for Lamar Valley.  Spend all day on the Northern Range, wildlife, abstracts, snowscapes.  Hopefully the Wolf Project will be able to give us a 30-minute talk in the field.  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner.

Day 3 – Monday January 7

7:00 am:  Depart Gardiner to Lamar Valley.  10:00am-1:00pm session where we expect to photograph pine martens and assorted birds near Cooke City.  Spend the rest of the day on the Northern Range.  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner.

Day 4 – Tuesday January 8

6:30 am:  Depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs to board our two chartered snowcoaches.  Sunrise on Swan Lake Flats, on to ghost trees at Norris Geyser Basin and then to Hayden Valley with a keen focus on wildlife happenings.  Spend all day in the interior of the park, wildlife, wildlife, and wildlife!  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner.

Days 5, 6 & 7 – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, January 9-11

6:30 am:  Each day we will depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs to board our two chartered snow coaches and head into the interior of Yellowstone. Either Hayden Valley, the Madison River, or the Lake area, wherever the recent wildlife sightings and light takes us.  Spend 3 more full days in the interior of the park, wildlife, wildlife, and wildlife!  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner.

Day 8 - Saturday January 12

7:00 am:   Depart Gardiner to photograph the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in the clean morning light.  We will also hope to photograph pronghorn, mule deer, elk and bighorn sheep in the Gardiner Basin and perhaps moose or bull elk on the Blacktail Plateau, photographing until 1:00 pm. Depart for Bozeman Airport or the Holiday Inn Express arriving by 3:00pm.

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Tour Includes:  All meals and lodging are included.  Field and evening instruction with Cindy – as much or as little as you wish!  Transportation from Bozeman to Yellowstone and back; Park entrance fees; 7 nights lodging at Gardiner; private snow-coaches and drivers; and transportation to/from Lamar Valley. 

Tour Price Does NOT Include:  Alcohol.  Gratuities: Snowcoach drivers, a daily tip of around $15-$20 is appropriate.  Round trip transportation between your home and Bozeman.  We suggest that you arrive in Bozeman the night before.  If you choose to do so, please make your reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman (not Belgrade), (406) 582-4995, which offers an airport shuttle and is where I will pick you up on Day 1.  Please call and double check on shuttle operating times.  Use Corporate Code 100310096 to receive a group discount.  Meals and lodging are your responsibility on the day before and after the tour ends.

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To Reserve any Group Yellowstone Photography Tour please Contact Cindy.