9-14 JUNE, 2021
(5 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)
with Jeremy Woodhouse
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."
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/
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.
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.
Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM
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
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.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Meals and snacks
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.
- 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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