BIG BEND: WILDFLOWERS, LANDSCAPES & NIGHT SKIES
3-7 MARCH, 2021
(4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)
with Jeremy Woodhouse
Bluebonnets on the Slope of Cerro Castellan
Spring is an ideal time to visit the Big Bend area. Along with the chance of a wildflower bloom, temperatures are comfortable. As we will be there before the spring break crowds, we should have some places to ourselves.
The itinerary is being kept flexible so we can hit the best places for landscapes.
Photograph magnificent vistas including the Chisos Mountains, Santa Elena Canyon, Cerro Castellan, the Lost Mine Trail and more.
To ensure plenty of individual attention, group size is capped at 6 participants.
Big Bend National Park is known as one of the outstanding places in North America for astro photography. In fact, it has the least light pollution of any other national park unit in the lower 48 states. One factor that makes this possible is simply the sparse human occupation of this region. The obvious impression one gets of wildness in the Big Bend is the lack of visible lights indicating a house or a town. Most urban areas have such an abundance of light that very few stars can be seen. Big Bend National Park is a refreshing exception.—www.nps.gov
We keep a flexible itinerary in order find the best landscape conditions and to deliver the best possible photography experience. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and shooting locations as needed. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.
Santa Elena Canyon at Sunrise
March, the first month of the spring, in Big Bend National Park, is a moderately hot month, with average temperature ranging between min 47.1°F (8.4°C) and max 82.9°F (28.3°C).
March is also the month with the least rainfall in Big Bend National Park with an average precipitation of 0.23" (5.8mm).
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TOUR COST: $499
4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE: ONLY 6
Tour Price Includes
- Photography guiding during the trip
- Post-processing and image critique sessions where time permits.
Tour Price Excludes
- Transportation to/from your home to Terlingua, TX.
- Transport within the park. Due to safety during Covid, we expect you to use your own vehicle
- Entry Fee into the National Park
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks
We will stay in the town of Terlingua just a few miles west of the National Park entrance. There are several hotels in the area and it is up to you where you stay. I will be staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventure (432) 371-3382.
You should make your own booking. Single rooms are $119+tax and if you can share, doubles are $129+tax. Please contact them directly to make your reservation from 3-7 March (4 nights).
Dress for the Weather
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy hiking footwear, and long pants if you want to avoid being stuck by a cactus
- Layers. The days will be warm but you may feel a chill in the air at night so bring appropriate layers
- Headlamp for when we are hiking in the dark
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
- Water bottle
Photo Equipment Checklist
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide Angle Lens. Frame frame - aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lenses will come in handy especially if we see some wildlife or simply for telephoto landscape images—anything in the 70-400mm range.
- Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
- Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range
- Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range
- Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.
- You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser.
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