Meetups of the Western States
I’m now spending more time among my favorite wild places of the Western United States. Albuquerque has become my second home and is a wonderful jumping off point for exploring the beauty of NM, CO, AZ, UT and the other surrounding Western states. New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment and it only takes a short trip into the wilderness to know why. No wonder it attracted so many artists over the past century. Grab your camera and join me as we survey one of the most geologically and biologically diverse ecoregions on the planet.
Exploring the Sandia Mountains
Pecos National Historical Park
Bandelier National Monument
Monument ValleyLocated on the Arizona-Utah border just down the way from the famous four corners location, Monument Valley sits as one of the most iconic places in the United States. With Buttes that rise up over 1000 feet from the valley floor, the experience of being on these lands resonates through your bones from the moment it first appears on the horizon until you find yourself standing with your neck turned skyward staring straight up at...
Exploring the Sandia MountainsThe Sandia Mountain range looms a mile above the city of Albuquerque. The range strands largely within the Cibola National Forest and the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Let’s explore the vast geological and biological diversity of this range while enjoying an evening hike from the peak back down to the valley below. We’ll have the chance to train our lenses on expansive views from the Sandia Crest trail to the details of the natural world on our way down the La Luz Trail. Perhaps we’ll even have the opportunity to...
Pecos National Historical ParkPecos National Historical Park sits just 30 minutes East of Santa Fe and is affectionately known as the “gateway to the plains”. From the National Park Service website “Between the towering Sangre de Cristo mountains and the flat-topped Glorieta mesa lies the Glorieta Pass, through which a continuously unfolding story of human culture has traveled to and from the Pecos Valley for thousands of years. Cicuye, later Pecos, became known as one of the most powerful of the northern New Mexico pueblos. Why? Location, location, location. For one thing...
Bandelier National MonumentInhabited primarily from 1150 CE to 1550 CE, Bandelier National Monument sits just an hour and 45 minutes North of Albuquerque New Mexico. Over 70% of the Monument is Wilderness with over 70 miles of hiking trails. The main site of the Peublo is an easy walk from the visitor’s center with hikes that cover a wide range of ecological zones and wildlife habitats with an elevation change of nearly a mile as trails launch up from the 5000 foot base of the Rio Grande up to the 10,000 foot rim of the Valles Caldera. Join us on this adventure as we explore...
I have been guiding meetups based out of the San Francisco Bay Area since 2011. We now have over 500 dedicated nature lovers and shutter bugs who love to explore everything from the marine sanctuaries just off the coast of California to the wildflowers of the high mountain meadows of the Sierra Nevada Range. Why not join us for a wilderness meetup with like-minded friends. (Groups are usually limited to 10-20 participants for optimal group dynamics.)
The Baby Whale Parade
Majestic Migration: Sandhill Cranes
Exploring the Watershed of Mt. Tamalpais
Conservation Photography: Muir Woods
The Geology of Mount Diablo
The Baby Whale ParadeThe annual gray whale migration is one of the world’s most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles on Earth. Each fall, thousands of gray whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds around Alaska down to the waters of Baja California where they breed and calf. Approximately 15,000 of an estimated total population of 17,500 gray whales swim south along this migration path. In the spring, the whales and their calves migrate back up North for the summer. Their migration pathway follows closely along the coast, providing us with outstanding...
Majestic Migration: Sandhill CranesOn this full day excursion: we’ll head to the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve to photograph the Sandhill Cranes, a species that comes into the area by the thousands every winter to feed and roost. These tall, elegant birds are a sight not to be missed – so much so that their arrival is celebrated with the annual Sandhill Crane Festival. For this trip: we will meet at the main classroom in San Francisco at 12:00pm and kick the day off with a photography presentation where you will learn some tips of how best to...
Exploring the Watershed of Mt. TamalpaisOn Sunday, the group will put its skills into practice on an all-day excursion to the Mount Tamalpais watershed starting with a hike along the waterfalls and streams of the watershed and continuing with stops along salmon creeks and the mighty redwoods of West Marin on the way out to the final destination of Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Throughout the experience, instructors will offer photographic guidance and insight into the subjects’ natural history. This workshop includes a...
Conservation Photography: Muir WoodsMuir Woods National Monument sits just 12 miles north of San Francisco as the very first national monument to be founded in an urban area. A welcome respite from the busy city, Muir Woods is best known for its Coast Redwood trees – the tallest of which come in at more than 250 feet and the oldest at 1,200 years old. Framed by these giant redwoods, Muir Woods’ old-growth forest boasts incredible plant and animal diversity – home to over a dozen species of ferns, over 200 species of mushrooms and fungi, 10 species of bats, over 50 species of birds, and dozens of unique species of...
The Geology of Mount DiabloMt. Diablo offers the second most expansive view in the world – exceeded only by Tanzania’s 19,341 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro – the largest free-standing mountain on the planet. On this 2-hour excursion, we’ll be accompanied by experienced Mt. Diablo park ranger, Phil Reed, as well as Stanford geology professor, Dr. George Hilley, who will offer unique insight into Mt. Diablo’s geological features and wildlife. The group will meet at 10:00am at the Long Term Parking Lot near the summit, where we will embark on...