NGE Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Photography Tour

February 21-26, 2016

 Morning photography outing along the Firehole River in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin.

Morning photography outing along the Firehole River in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin.

My last National Geographic Expeditions Photography tour of the 2015/2016 season went out with a bang. Great weather, loads of wildlife, interesting participants and a motivated National Geographic Expert Photographer (Dan Westergren) combined to make guiding this trip a breeze. 

It's seemed like this winter in particular was a great one for red fox, but this trip was the RED FOX Trip. You couldn't hardly take a picture without a red fox in it (okay, exaggeration, but I bet we saw fourteen of the little vulpes this particular week.) Add to the list coyotes and wolves, making a three dog day, bison, elk, pronghorn, and numerous birds all in a variety of light conditions and I couldn't have asked to fill out the winter season better.

Here are a few of my shots from the trip. If you wonder where my shots of all that wildlife are remember I'm guiding ... my job is to help my clients get great images, not take pictures myself. 

 Sunrise on the boardwalk near Castle Geyser.

Sunrise on the boardwalk near Castle Geyser.

 Along the Firehole River

Along the Firehole River

 Morning steam along the Firehole River

Morning steam along the Firehole River

 Dan Westergren explaining photographic opportunities near Castle Geyser.

Dan Westergren explaining photographic opportunities near Castle Geyser.

 My rendition of Castle Geyser one morning.

My rendition of Castle Geyser one morning.

 Early morning at Mammoth Hotsprings Terraces.

Early morning at Mammoth Hotsprings Terraces.

 The top of Canary Terrace at Mammoth Hotsprings Terraces.

The top of Canary Terrace at Mammoth Hotsprings Terraces.

 So ... I was trying to get a photo of snow texture when this stupid fox photo-bombed me!

So ... I was trying to get a photo of snow texture when this stupid fox photo-bombed me!

I'll close this post with an example of why I enjoy photography and guiding so much. Below are two photos taken from the same footbridge across the Firehole River at about the same time on different days. The feel of each picture is so different as to almost be different subjects. How could anyone get bored with such ever-changing beauty?

Until next time - keep traveling and enjoying the beauty of this wonderful planet.

Kurt