Photo Safaris Trip Reports

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Iceland in Winter 2018 Trip Report

If there was one thing I knew to expect in Iceland after many trips to this enchanted island, it was the weather. Watching the forecast prior to leaving the US was nerve racking to say the least. The news was reporting mul... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Mar 14, 2018

Japan's Winter Wildlife 2018 Trip Report

This was my first time leading the tour to Japan. While I had been to see the snow monkeys once a very long time ago, I had never visited the red-crowned cranes, whooper swans or Steller’s sea eagles. John Shaw, who ... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Mar 13, 2018

Yellowstone in Winter 2018 Trip Report

The weather during a photography trip can be seen as a make-it or break-it element for travelers. This year’s two winter trips in Yellowstone National Park had plenty of weather to go around! Winter in Yellowstone is... Read More

By Eric Rock on Mar 13, 2018

Norway's Lofoten Islands 2018 Trip Report

I’ve come to think of our winter trips to Lofoten, Norway as “patterns shoots.”  Along with abundant impressive coastal and mountain landscapes, we are regularly in the field searching for patterns&m... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Mar 13, 2018

Horses and Icons of the Wild West in Winter 2018 Trip Report

This winter’s Horses & Icons of the Wild West trip at the Hideout in Shell, Wyoming—what I’ve always just called the Cowboy Horse Shoot—was my last tour with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. Retirin... Read More

By Darrell Gulin on Mar 05, 2018

Yosemite in Autumn 2017 Trip Report

The 2017 Yosemite in Autumn tour was a photo adventure to one of the most spectacular parks in the US to witness the fall colors. The national park is renowned for its impressive granite cliffs, endless waterfalls and gian... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Dec 04, 2017

Olympic National Park, WA 2017 Trip Report

Washington State's Olympic Peninsula never ceases to offer wonderfully diverse photo opportunities. This, my fourth tour of its varied landscapes and ecosystems, was no exception. After a relaxing ferry ride and 2-h... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Oct 23, 2017

Grand Teton Solar Eclipse 2017 Trip Report

Most of the photo trips we embark on have well-defined goals, but our August Grand Teton Solar Eclipse trip had a very specific goal. Our group’s goal was to observe and photographically capture the process of the... Read More

By Eric Rock on Oct 11, 2017

Ultimate Puffins Iceland 2017 Trip Report

Conditions—wind, light and lots of birds—were virtually perfect where our group stood atop an 800-foot-high cliff as scores of puffins, razorbills and murres streamed past us. As the birds flew into the head... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 25, 2017

Jaguars and Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2017 Trip Report

It is so hard to write a report for this tour. You quickly run out of superlatives. And this year was especially exciting. As our group made its way down the Pantaneira Highway, we stopped several times to photograph a myr... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Sep 18, 2017

Great American Eclipse Road Trip 2017 - Trip Report

Though not an inveterate solar eclipse chaser, I've now seen several—and by far the view and experience of the August 21 eclipse from Casper, Wyoming was the best I've ever had. And I'm sure that our grou... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 05, 2017

Iceland Revealed 2017 Trip Report

When I travel to Iceland it seems like the shortest overseas trip I make.  Flying from my connection in Minneapolis to Reykjavik takes approximately six hours.  Since many of my trips run 10 to 12 hours from... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Sep 01, 2017

Camargue Horses & Provence Lavender 2017 Trip Report

In past years Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris has run many tours featuring the White Horses of France’s Camargue and it is always an exceptional photographic trip.  This year we adjusted the timing of trip t... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Jul 26, 2017

Photographing The Total Solar Eclipse

You may be aware that we are running two trips this year to photograph the total solar eclipse which will occur on August 21, 2017. While both trips sold out very quickly, we wanted to share the notes below that John Shaw ... Read More

By John Shaw on Jul 11, 2017

Namibia 2017 Trip Report

Namibia, on the southwestern coast of Africa, offers much to the traveler no matter your interests.  There is a ghost town in the middle of endless sand.  There are exotic endemic plants, such as quiver trees, wh... Read More

By John Shaw on Jun 12, 2017

China's Endangered Snub-Nosed Monkeys 2017 Trip Report

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…."  Ewoks—those furry meter-high bipeds that dwell on the forest moon of Endor—helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the forces of the Galact... Read More

By Joe Van Os on May 26, 2017

Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes 2017 Trip Report

Patagonia certainly fits the description of a “Living Eden” as it was called in the PBS film documentary.  A place of extraordinary beauty, with majestic mountains, impressive glaciers and abundant wildlif... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on May 17, 2017

Costa Rica Birds 2017 Trip Report

This April I met the Costa Rica Birds group on the evening of Day 1 for... Read More

By Mark Thomas on May 08, 2017

Wild Hawai'i 2017 Trip Report

The Big Island of Hawaii left me a little speechless. In all my travels, I’ve never experienced a place with such fascinating variations of geography, weather, microclimates and vegetation. It’s hard to wrap yo... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Apr 24, 2017

Iceland in Winter 2017 Trip Report

Weather.  That was the big challenge on this year's Iceland in Winter trip.  "What's the weather forecast?" was a laughable question, as conditions changed so fast, and so often, that the answer... Read More

By John Shaw on Apr 10, 2017

Japan's Winter Wildlife 2017 Trip Report

Joe Van Os has said that the Japan’s Winter Wildlife Tour is one of his Top Ten wildlife photography trips in the world—and I certainly agree with this statement. I've led this tour several times and have a... Read More

By John Shaw on Apr 04, 2017

Bolivia & Chile 2017 Trip Report

The Atacama Desert is a high-altitude plateau situated between two large mountain ranges—the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.  It is considered to be the largest non-polar desert in the world, receiving either... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Mar 28, 2017

Horses and Icons in Winter 2017 Trip Report

The 2017 Horses & Icons in Winter photo safari will be remembered as The Year with the Most Snow Ever!  I have been leading the winter shoot at the Hideout Ranch in Shell, Wyoming, for nearly 10 years now and I al... Read More

By Darrell Gulin on Mar 15, 2017

Norway's Lofoten Islands 2017 Trip Report

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets...” — Edward Bulwer-Lytto... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Mar 09, 2017

Yellowstone in Winter 2017 Trip Report

Without question the best time to photograph Yellowstone National Park is during the winter.  The massive tourist crowds are absent, the park is blanketed in fresh snow, and the landscape is transformed into a winter ... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Feb 24, 2017