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An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

The NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter photography holiday encompasses Utah, the Tetons & Yellowstone National Park & combines crisp winter landscapes & epic scenery with rare wildlife & the promise of day after day capturing images of the wonderful North American Winter Wildlife & landscapes, what could be more perfect?

One of the famous bison of Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Explore the wetlands of Farmington Bay along the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Farmington Bay has become a must shoot location for wildlife & bird photographers. Utah’s winters are cold, forcing many raptors & owls to hunt in the daytime. This affords wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of birds like short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, & many others that hunt the refuge.

A bald eagle soars over the bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Besides Farmington Bay our guests will also have the opportunity to photograph at two other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah. We can travel a short distance to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, & red fox roam the island. We may also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as Tundra Swans, & many duck & geese species.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday One of the barn owls that are to be found at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday A bald eagle trio - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Leaving Salt Lake City, we spend a day travelling 300 miles to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We will make the most of opportunities along the way for both wildlife & the wide-ranging vistas. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will prepare for the next two days of exciting photography. The next day, under the careful stewardship of our guide, we will visit the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which hosts an abundance of wildlife that compliments its unparalleled scenery. Covered with a blanket of snow, winter in the Tetons offer a completely different perspective on the area. Wildlife is much easier to locate during the winter months & tend to be less mobile, allowing for some great photographic opportunities.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The following day will be spent at the National Elk Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk. During the summer, this Jackson herd grazes in higher elevations 30% in Grand Teton National Park, 30% in Gros Ventre, 25% in Yellowstone National Park, & 15% in the Teton Wilderness. The animals typically migrate down from the high country when cold weather sets in from late October through December in search of food. Thousands of elk migrate every year, the refuge is home to 5,000 elk, but their numbers regularly reach 6,000 to 7,000 or even more.

Upon leaving Jackson Hole, we travel another 300 miles. Our destination is the northern-most end of the Yellowstone National Park, to Gardiner.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Gardiner is the base for the photography holiday for the next 6 nights. With 5 full-days of photography available to us, the intention is that clients will be able to add a plethora of winter themed photos to their portfolio.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first & oldest national park in the world, covering nearly 3,500 sq. miles of northwestern Wyoming as well as parts of Idaho & Montana. An important, self-sufficient ecosystem & home to a huge variety of free-ranging wild animals – including bison, elk, wolves, moose, & bears. Tall, rugged mountains including the Gallatin, Absorka, Washburn & Beartooth Ranges rim the park’s volcanic plateau. Much of the 5 days is spent in the wider Yellowstone area, however, we have factored in one day heading into the Yellowstone Interior, for photography of the frozen rivers & waterfalls & of course, the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Winter is an amazing visual experience in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is cloaked in white snow, turning the camouflage of summer sagebrush into a flat field of snow where every animal movement can be seen.

The Yellowstone plateau is cold, ringed by mountains that contain cold air driving down temperatures well below zero every night & some days. Animals struggle to survive & this safari is much more of a predator shoot. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters, & eagles all prey on the wintering elk, bison, & bighorn.

We expect every type of weather during these days spent in Yellowstone, snow storms, wind, clouds, & even blue sky days. You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see. But it is this type of weather that creates amazing images & illustrates these animals fight for survival during the winter.

The cost for the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter trip, which is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis is £5499 for the 12 days. This includes hotel accommodation, travel from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole, Gardiner & back to Salt Lake City, with all travel in between.

We also include at least one snow-coach day to the Yellowstone Interior. Not included are drinks or alcohol, items of a personal nature, international flights, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on the final night of the tour.

A pair of river otters, encountered by one of the rivers within Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

We hope that you will join us in these wintery landscapes, where we will be ensconced in the chilly grip of Mother Nature, lenses trained on some of the most impressive & stunning of North American wildlife.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

27-Jan-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – overnight Salt Lake City
28-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
29-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
30-Jan-18 – Travel to Jackson Hole – overnight Jackson Hole
31-Jan-18 – Grand Tetons & Wildlife Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
01-Feb-18 – National Elk Refuge Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
02-Feb-18 – Travel to Gardiner – overnight Gardiner
03-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
04-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
05-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
06-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
07-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
08-Feb-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – optional overnight Salt Lake City or fly back to UK on late flight
09-Feb-18 – Travel to UK

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Availability

4 spaces available

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

Recommended Equipment

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.

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