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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

India—Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2016 Trip Report

The Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2016 tour was an “Exploratory,” a designation that offers photographers a chance to travel to new and different locations. The India: Nagaland Hornbill Festival trip began with a ... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Dec 27, 2016

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons 2016 Trip Report

No matter how many times you go to Yellowstone, the park continues to amaze with photographic opportunities around just about every corner. Most of North America’s big game species are found here, including wolves, g... Read More

By Len Rue, Jr. on Dec 21, 2016

Hummingbirds of Ecuador 2016 Trip Report

My October and November 2016 Hummingbirds of Ecuador’s Andean Cloud Forest tours both had equally great success. For this report I have combined both trips into one account and have followed the Tour 1 day-by-day iti... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Dec 01, 2016

World's Best Raptors 2016 Trip Report

From its start in October of 1991 to this October of 2016, the “World’s Best Raptor Shoot” has matured, getting better and better throughout its 25-year history.  The shoot is truly an unparalleled p... Read More

By Perry Conway on Dec 01, 2016

Yosemite in Autumn 2016 Trip Report

Every autumn there is a great chance to see some of our national parks dressed in fall colors. This year Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris travelled to Yosemite National Park, known to have some of the grandest landscapes in Nor... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Dec 01, 2016

2016 Jaguars And Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal Trip Report

Brazil’s Pantanal quickly became one of my favorite places in the world to photograph wildlife. Jaguars, ocelots, macaws, toucans, and brilliantly-colored woodpeckers and songbirds—not to mention both nocturnal... Read More

By Paul Bannick on Nov 11, 2016

Jaguars and Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2016 Trip Report

In 2016, for the second year in a row, I led two of the Van Os "Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal" tours.  And I'll say right here, right up front, that I can hardly wait until I can return... Read More

By John Shaw on Nov 03, 2016

Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2016 Trip Report

The oranges and lavenders of dawn appear on the horizon as we board our nimble speedboats and begin our search for jaguars along the Cuiabá River in Brazil’s Pantanal.  We stop mid-river to photograph the intens... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Oct 27, 2016

Brown Bears of Silver Salmon Creek 2016 Trip Report

This year, between August 14 and 27, I led two Brown Bears of Silver Salmon Creek trips for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris for the first time—and it was a uniquely wonderful experience.  I was very interested to se... Read More

By Gary Alt on Oct 13, 2016

Denali National Park 2016 Trip Report

Denali National Park in autumn has always been a spectacular place for scenic and wildlife photography and our late August–early September 2016 tour was no exception.   Although I’ve been in Denali ma... Read More

By Gary Alt on Oct 12, 2016

Olympic National Park 2016 Trip Report

The diversity of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula never ceases to amaze me. The makeshift plywood sign by the side of the road supported the fact: Beer, Bait, Firewood, Espresso! (Espresso??)
Howev... Read More

By Todd W. Pierce on Sep 26, 2016

Iceland Revealed 2016 Trip Report

Iceland sits at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and, geologically, is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which runs through the middle of the island.  Considered young at 20 million years old, the ... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Aug 18, 2016

Namibia 2016 Trip Report

It’s said that variety is the spice of life.  For photographers, few places in the world can match the unusual variety of images that can be captured in Namibia’s mesmerizing deserts and spectacular nation... Read More

By Darrell Gulin on Aug 11, 2016

In Memoriam: Stuart Westmorland

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By Photo Safaris Staff on Jul 28, 2016

Spitsbergen 2016 Trip Report and Logbook

Tuesday June 28, 2016
It was a beautiful sunshiny day as 52 passengers from seven countries converged in the high Arctic town of Longyearbyen in Norway's Svalbard archipelago.  Many of the ... Read More

By Expedition Staff on Jul 26, 2016

Ultimate Galápagos 2016 Trip Report

The very strong El Niño phenomenon of the winter of 2015‒2016 did not seem to have the same devastating effect on wildlife that our group experienced when traveling to the Galápagos during the El Niño of 1997–1998.&n... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Jun 15, 2016

Holland at Tulip Time 2016 Trip Report

The 2016 Holland at Tulip Time trip began at the iconic Keukenhof Gardens, host to some of the most stunning displays of springtime flowering bulbs in the world.  The Keukenhof is landscaped with a huge diversity of f... Read More

By Kevin McNeal on Jun 01, 2016

Costa Rica Birds 2016 Trip Report

The subtitle of the April Costa Rica Birds photo safari is Resplendent Quetzals & Other Neotropical Delights. That certainly describes the contents of our two weeks of shooting an endless assortment of subjects—p... Read More

By Mark Thomas on May 16, 2016

Patagonia's Mountain Landscapes 2016 Trip Report

This year I led a couple of photo tours in Chile just prior to the Patagonia Mountain Landscapes trip in April, so I had an extra day to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. ... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on May 01, 2016

Ultimate Tigers 2016 Trip Report

You can’t type field notes on an iPhone from the back of a moving elephant. It doesn’t matter if you’re 65 years old or a 15-year-old with an Android, it’s next to impossible to hang onto a roc... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Apr 14, 2016

Iceland in Winter 2016 Trip Report

Some proposed alternate names for this year's Iceland in Winter tour:

  • The "first time this has ever happened" tour. Just weeks before we were to start our trip... Read More

    By John Shaw on Apr 13, 2016

Aurora Borealis, Fairbanks, Alaska 2016 Trip Report

Our 2016 Aurora Borealis Alaska tour began at Mt. Skiland, also known as Mt. Aurora, just outside of Fairbanks.  The first night was just the warm-up show, giving our group a taste of what it is like to photo... Read More

By Stuart Westmorland and Kevin McNeal on Apr 01, 2016