Photo Safaris Trip Reports

One of the best ways to learn more about our Photo Tours is by reading our leaders' reports from trips they've recently led. You can also see trip photos—taken both by leaders and clients who have traveled with us—on our Instagram page (jvophotosafaris).

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Slovenia in Autumn 2021 Trip Report

Slovenia in autumn is at its most beautiful for photography. I was really looking forward to leading this tour in my home country. Some of our group had just completed our Undiscovered Montenegro tour where fall colors had... Read More

By Luka Esenko on Nov 30, 2021

Yosemite in Autumn 2021 Trip Report

In the past I have spent my time in Yosemite National Park exploring the beautifully diverse evergreen forests and walking the shores of the Merced River leading natural history trips. These can be difficul... Read More

By Eric Rock on Nov 17, 2021

Undiscovered Montenegro 2021 Trip Report

Montenegro is one of my favorite European countries. Its small size and diverse geography remind me of my home country, Slovenia. I was very happy to greet our intrepid photo group participants who arrived at Kotor, the hi... Read More

By Luka Esenko on Nov 17, 2021

Acadia National Park in Autumn 2021 Trip Report

The first thing that comes to mind for most people when asked about autumn in Maine is the wonderfully colorful fall foliage. Interspersed between the dark greens of the boreal spruce-fir forests are stands of deciduous tr... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Nov 09, 2021

Puffins on the Fly 2021 Trip Report(s)

It is as idyllic as idyllic can be—Grimsey Island, 25 miles to the north of “mainland” Iceland is a solitary outpost in the cold North Atlantic lying smack atop the Arctic Circle. The summer sun barely se... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Oct 04, 2021

Where Humpbacks Breach—Alaska 2021 Trip Report(s)

Sometimes the dozen or so bubble-net feeding humpback whales surfaced so close to our boat their misty, fishy breath drifted lazily over our small group of bow-based photographers. In what we jokingly called an &ld... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 28, 2021

Olympic National Park 2021 Trip Report

I think it is a common theme, but I will repeat it—it was great to be back out in the field and enjoying nature through the lens with a group of eager photographers! Now that many of us are feeling more confident of ... Read More

By Melissa Scott on Aug 17, 2021

Glacier National Park 2021 Trip Report

When you imagine photographing rugged mountain landscapes towering over crystal clear lakes and multicolored wildflower meadows—all easily accessible from comfortable historic lodges—then Glacier National Park ... Read More

By Eric Rock on Aug 02, 2021

Yellowstone in Spring 2021 Trip Report

It is true spring can come a little early or it can arrive a little late in Yellowstone National Park. But you can always be sure it will occur as sure as there will be blooming wildflowers and newborn animals of the year.... Read More

By Eric Rock on Aug 02, 2021

Costa Rica Birds 2021 Trip Report

Wow! I can’t tell you just how great it was to be back out traveling and photographing again. It’s been a very long year. This was our first trip since COVID-19 put an abrupt stop to everyone’s travel jus... Read More

By Mark Thomas on May 17, 2021

Baja Whales, Desert & Spanish Missions 2020 Trip Report

After working some 40 years in nature travel I had seen whales in all of the oceans of the world, however most of my experiences with these charismatic marine mammals had been at a distance. I never felt emotionally connec... Read More

By Wayne Lynch on Aug 06, 2020

Florida Birds 2020 Trip Report

Originally, this entire trip report was going to be only five words—”Just Look at The Pictures!” But I didn’t think Joe would let me get away with that. Sooo…
If your ide... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Apr 15, 2020

Japan's Winter Wildlife 2020 Trip Report

Every photography tour that I lead for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris offers something special and unique. Picking favorites would be like picking a favorite child, or in my case, a favorite cat.  You know it is wrong. &... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Apr 15, 2020

Tanzania Wildlife 2020 Trip Report

The rain happened a few weeks before we arrived.  I should say the “deluge” happened, as this was no gentle rain. Roads were flooded and washed out, grasses grew higher and thicker than usual, and normal p... Read More

By John Shaw on Mar 10, 2020

Yellowstone in Winter 2020 Trip Report

When the grip of winter finally takes hold on the Yellowstone Plateau, the landscape is transformed into a winter wonderland of fire and ice. Meadows once carpeted by lush green grasses are now blanketed in several fe... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Feb 25, 2020

Dalmatian Pelicans and Big Birds of Bulgaria 2020 Trip Report

If Bernie Sanders were a bird, he would obviously be a Dalmatian pelican. Both Bernie and these big charismatic birds sport a white flyaway mop-top that would necessitate an entire tube of Brylcreem to keep under control.<... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Feb 13, 2020

Slovenia in Winter 2020 Trip Report

On almost every day of our winter photo tour, the temperature in Ljubljana—Slovenia’s capital city—hovered around 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoon.  Slovenia in Winter, indeed! This unseasonabl... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Feb 11, 2020

Jaguars and Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2019 Trip Report #2

The Pantanal encompasses the world's largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it also extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay. It c... Read More

By Mark Thomas on Dec 16, 2019

Colorado Fall Colors 2019 Trip Report

Nestled within the dramatic peaks of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, Telluride is a gem of a town and a perfect location from which to base a weeklong photography tour. Its vibe is laid back, ye... Read More

By Todd Pierce on Dec 02, 2019

Italy's Dolomite Mountains in Autumn 2019 Trip Report

How to describe the Dolomites…  Wikipedia says that “the Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps.”  Well, that doesn’... Read More

By John Shaw on Nov 12, 2019

China's Endangered Wildlife 2019 Trip Report

The giant panda is the rarest of the eight species of bears alive today. They were mentioned in Chinese literature as early as 3,000 years ago. The prized black and white bruins were kept as pets by emperors and even entom... Read More

By Wayne Lynch on Oct 25, 2019

Brown Bears of Silver Salmon Creek 2019 Trip Report

Late last August I led my fifth Brown Bears of Silver Salmon Creek photo tour. Like my four previous tours there, it was another amazing bear-viewing and photography experience. One of the advantages of Silver Salmon Creek... Read More

By Gary Alt on Oct 14, 2019

Jaguars and Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal 2019 Trip Report

42°F!  That’s what the thermometer read early one morning.  42°F is definitely chilly.  But it’s even colder when you’re in an open boat going 40 mph through river mist at sunrise.&... Read More

By John Shaw on Sep 11, 2019

Greenland's Scoresby Sound 2019 Trip Report

“Spectacular” is probably the best word I can use to summarize our 2019 Greenland’s Scoresby Sound photo voyage. A fantastic ship, good weather, smooth sailing, knock-your-socks-off fall-... Read More

By Joe Van Os on Sep 11, 2019

Spitsbergen 2019 Trip Report

Our Spitsbergen trip began in the town of Longyearbyen located about 10 degrees North of the Arctic Circle on the Svalbard archipelago. Situated in the high arctic,  Longyearbyen is an excellent location from which to... Read More

By Jeff Vanuga on Aug 29, 2019