BISTI BADLANDS, 9-14 JUNE, 2021

BISTI BADLANDS
9-14 JUNE, 2021

(5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)

with Jeremy Woodhouse

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Alien Landscape

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Eroded Landscape

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos - weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms. Fossils occur in this sedimentary landform. Translated from the Navajo language, Bisti (Bis-tie) means "a large area of shale hills." De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for "cranes."

Dark Skies
Did you know that New Mexico was one of the first states in the U.S. with a law that protects our night skies? Did you know that Travel & Leisure named New Mexico one of the world’s Top 10 stargazing spots? Are you ready to be an astrotourist? Come to the Land of Enchantment and experience an ancient and authentic adventure, where we celebrate our dark skies and relish the starlight. Our high elevations, low population densities, dry climate, clean air, and number of clear nights make for an excellent stargazing adventure. —https://www.newmexico.org/darkskies/

Highlights

  • Dramatic scenery in an eroded landscape filled with odd formations and otherworldly shapes.

  • Dark skies which will be perfect for photographing the Milky Way.

  • Small group size to enhance the photography experience.

  • Optional post processing and image critique sessions to help you improve your photography.


Itinerary

We will keep the itinerary flexible in order to take advantage of 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.


Day 1: June 9—Terlingua, TX | Alamogordo
Following our sunrise shoot in the Big Bend region, we will have breakfast and head out on the road to Alamogordo where we will spend 1 night. We will photograph sunset at White Sands National Monument.

Like a mirage, dazzling white sand dunes shimmer in the tucked-way Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico. They shift and settle over the Chihuahuan Desert, covering 275 square miles—the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. White Sands National Park preserves more than half of this oasis, its shallow water supply, and the plants and animals living here.

Conveniently located at the crossroads of Highways 82, 70, and 54. You’ll find our prime location is close to all the exciting activities available to enjoy including the New Mexico Museum of Space History, White Sands National Monument

Day 2 & 3: June 10, 11—Alamogordo | Farmington, NM
Over the next 2 days we will explore the several regions of the Bisti Badlands.

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt. The weathering of the sandstone forms hoodoos—weathered rock in the form of pinnacles, spires, cap rocks, and other unusual forms. Fossils occur in this sedimentary landform. Translated from the Navajo language, Bisti (Bis-tie) means "a large area of shale hills." De-Na-Zin (Deh-nah-zin) takes its name from the Navajo words for "cranes."

We will have a chance to photograph the core of the Milky Way at night. As there will be no moon it will be as dark as it can be. We will photograph formations with names like Alien Throne and King of Wings each during the day and under a blanket of stars—with any luck we may get some stormy conditions which may give us some great light

Comfort Suites® hotel offers relaxing accommodations and hospitality in vibrant Farmington, located at the heart of the four corners region. Begin your day with a free hot breakfast.

Day 4: June 12 Farmington | Shiprock, NM
After a sunrise session at a new are in Bisti we will return to our hotel for breakfast. We will rest for the remainder of the day. You may want to take part in an image critique session and go over some processing technique. Later in the afternoon we will drive to Shiprock, NM where we will photograph the monolith at sunset, followed by night shots with the Milky Way, if we have clear skies. We will have a Navajo guide with us to show us the best spots.

Known as the 'Winged Rock' by the Navajo Nation, Shiprock is a unique rock formation found in the Four Corners Region.


Day 5: June 13—Farmington | Shiprock | Tucumcari
After checking out of our hotel early, we will once again head out to Shiprock, this time for sunrise. Following the shoot we will head to Tucumcari for a little taste of Route 66. We will photograph the classic 50s-style motels along the main strip, including the iconic Blue Swallow Motel

The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.” Unlike the big corporately-owned chains, we are family owned and operated. With hospitality provided by owners Rob and Dawn, you will always be welcomed like family.

Day 6: June 14—Tucumcari | Home
Following one final sunrise shoot on the strip, we will have breakfast and then head home.

END OF TOUR


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Eroded Landscape

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Shiprock Under the Milky Way

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Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM


Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
We depart Terlingua at 10:00AM on Sat, 9 June, 2021. For those of you joining the tour you will meet at Alamogordo at the Classic Desert Aire Hotel at 4:00PM

​Departure 
We will finish the photo shoot after the sunrise on Wed, 14 June, 2021 after which you are free to return home or move on to your next destination.


Weather 

Summers are hot; temperatures vary greatly between the desert floor, which is often above 100ºF, and the Chisos Mountains, which are ten to twenty degrees cooler. June-August are the hottest months. Visitors should be familiar with heat safety.

The rainy season runs from May through September, with locally heavy thunderstorms and some flash flooding. The rainy season can be a delightful time to visit since afternoon and evening rains often cool the desert.

Dress for the Weather
No matter the time of year, a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots are necessary for anyone planning to explore outdoors. Sunscreen is a must and hikers should always carry plenty of water; one gallon per person per day is recommended.

Summer visitors should be aware of heat safety, such as wearing clothing that protects from the sun and avoiding activity during midday.

6 SPOTS OPEN

TOUR COST: $650
5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS

GROUP SIZE: ONLY 6

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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 Farmington, NM.
  • Transport within the park. Due to safety during Covid, we expect you to use your own vehicle. If you would like to carpool with a friend/partner, that would be great. The fewer cars the better.
  • Lodging
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks

    Lodging

    We will spend the first night in Alamogordo, NM at The Classic Desert Aire Hotel (9-10 June—1 night).

    For the next 3 nights we will be staying at the Comfort Suites (10-13 June—3 nights).

    Our final night will be spent at Tucumcari at the historic Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 (13-14 June—1 night).

    You should make your own bookings. 


    Dress for the Weather

      Personal Gear List

      • Sturdy hiking footwear, and long pants if you want to avoid being stuck by a cactus
      • Hiking poles to assist on the rocky terrain. I cannot stress how useful these are
      • 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. Full frame—aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm. A fast, super wide prime would also be great (14mm or 16mm)
      • 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.

        Covid-19 Precautions

        • 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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