The best time to visit Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons is in winter. These parks are never more beautiful than when they are covered in a dazzling white shroud of snow. White-on-white is one of the most beautiful color themes in nature, and in winter this kind of special beauty is everywhere. In addition, wildlife are in their prime winter coats. Expect to see and photograph elk, bison, bald eagles, and most likely wolves, foxes, moose, and coyotes. In addition, if the sky is clear we can do star photography, and if it snows (and it's cold enough) Jim will set up equipment to do snowflake photography. We will have our own private snow coach in Yellowstone and a private van in Grand Teton National Park. For landscape shooters, winter photography is a special time. The same is true for wildlife photographers. You don't want to miss this photo tour!
Limited to 7 people.
Day 1, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Fly to Jackson Hole, Wyoming (airport code JAC) and transfer to the hotel on your own by taxi or shuttle. Meet Jim at 7pm in the lobby of the hotel and enjoy a group dinner where Jim will discuss the upcoming photo tour. This is a great time to ask him about any aspect of photography. Overnight Jackson Hole.
Day 2, Thursday, Jan. 31. After an early breakfast, we drive out to the spectacular Teton range for sunrise photography. With the serpentine Snake River in the foreground, the snow-covered mountains make one of the best landscape shots in the world. With a break for lunch, we spend the day photographing the Grand Tetons from many different angles until sunset. Included will be some classic shots of old barns, split-rail fences, and we'll always be on the lookout for moose, bald eagles, elk, and other indigenous wildlife. Overnight Jackson Hole.
Day 3, Friday, Feb. 1. We have another sunrise experience with the Grand Tetons, and then we head north to Yellowstone National Park. Upon arrival in West Yellowstone, we board our specially chartered snow-coach -- the only way to get around in the national park -- and head straight into the heart of great photography. Yellowstone Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful and other well-known landmarks beckon us to take awesome pictures with the white mantle of snow. We will constantly be on the lookout for wildlife, too, so you will definitely want a long lens so you can fill the frame with a wolf, a snow-encrusted bison, an elk engulfed in the steam of a geothermal vent, or the graceful wingspan of a bald eagle. Overnight West Yellowstone.
Days 4- 6, Sat. thru Monday, Feb. 2 - 4. For the next three days, we enjoy the beauty of American's first national park. We have lunch inside the park, but most of our time will be devoted to landscape and wildlife photography. If the conditions permit, Jim will setup gear so we can do snowflake photography as well. He will spend time explaining how to exposure accurately in snow, what to look for in creating powerful landscape images, how to capture motion with wildlife, how to successfully shoot into the sun, and we will have at least one critique session in the evening so you can get professional feedback on your work.
On February 4, after spending much of the day in Yellowstone National Park, we head back to Jackson Hole and overnight.
Day 7, Tuesday, Feb. 5. This morning you'll be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Tour fee: $4175. Includes all lodging, chartered snow-coaches in Yellowstone, ground transportation within and between the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, all breakfasts, the welcome and farewell dinners, entrance fees into the national parks, and photo instruction.
Not included: Airfare to and from Jackson Hole, lunches, 4 dinners, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature.
Single supplement fee: $725
PLEASE NOTE: Yellowstone is very cold in the winter. You will have to bring serious winter boots, a very warm parka, lots of layers, a very warm hat, a face mask, and at least two layers of gloves plus a box of hand warmers to insure you are protected from the cold.