Join resident photographer and wildlife biologist Henry Holdsworth to photograph moose in winter. Henry will lead a small group of photographers to area moose habitats. This workshop is imited to 8 photographers. Henry will bring us in close proximity to cows, calves and bulls meandering through the snow.
This lovable, yet awkward looking member of the deer family is in its prime at the start of the winter months so this is the best time of year to photograph the bull moose, in all their antlered glory, in the snow. With a backdrop of the Teton Range we will spend each day photographing the resident moose along the rivers and open sage flats of this magnificent park. Moose are generally solitary animals but at this time of the year they can often be found in small herds of cows and calves or bachelor groups of bulls.
Along with the many moose in the area, we will also look for photo opportunities with elk, bison, eagles, fox and wolves as they roam the wintery Jackson Valley floor.
- Photographic instruction
- Transportation during the workshop
- Lodging based on Double Occupancy
- Water, snacks and a farewell dinner
- All applicable entrance, park, permit and tour fees
- Post workshop critique
Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on lighting and weather conditions. We want to give you the best possible photo opportunities.
Day 1 – Wednesday, December 11
- Meet and greet with Henry Holdsworth and fellow participants at 6:30pm in the meeting room at The Lexington Hotel. Henry will conduct a presentation on the moose in the Tetons.
Day 2 – Thursday, December 12
- Sunrise will find us in search of moose along the Gros Ventre River, which currently holds the largest concentration of moose in the park. We will spend the morning looking for the largest bulls in the area, trying to find a bachelor group that is actively sparring. Cows and calves also inhabit this area and the crisp morning air adds to the chance of a frosty or snowy encounter.
- We will take a break in the middle of the day to warm ourselves, have lunch at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and enjoy their exhibits and views of the National Elk Refuge.
- Late in the day we will continue our photographic pursuit of moose near the town of Kelly.
Day 3 – Friday, December 13
- We will again head out at dawn to catch sunrise at the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River. This is a wonderfully scenic location as well as prime moose habitat. While looking for moose and landscape photographs we will keep our eyes open for photo opportunities with elk, bison, wolves, coyotes, bald eagles and river otters.
- We will bring a sack lunch with us so we can spend the entire day in the field along the shores of the Snake River and Jackson Lake.
Day 4 – Saturday, December 14
- We will again leave the hotel at dawn in search of moose in the Aspen Groves and meadows near Granite Creek at the southwest corner of the park.
- Return to town for lunch and a visit to Henry’s gallery.
- Mid-afternoon will we take a ride out into the National Elk Refuge where we may encounter elk, trumpeter swans and bighorn sheep.
- Dinner followed by an image critique.
Day 5 – Sunday, December 15
- Our final morning with the moose, we will be looking to add that one perfect shot to our growing collection of moose images.
- Return to the hotel for checkout and farewells.
- Workshop concludes by 12:00pm.
Strenuous Rating: Moderately Difficult.
The weather during this workshop is what accounts for the higher difficulty rating. Dress for cold temps at or below freezing. Our walking will mostly be on packed ice and snow.
Clothing: Layers for cold weather, especially for our early mornings. Warm parka, insulated boots, warm hat, gloves plus chemical hand and foot warmers.
Gear: We recommend two camera bodies (one as a backup), wide fast lens (e.g., 14-24mm, f/1.4-2.8) for landscape shots, medium (e.g., 24-120mm) to long (200mm-400mm) telephoto for other wildlife shooting. A sturdy tripod is recommended as well as a, camera “jacket” – such as a rain jacket – to protect camera from the elements, and two wired cable releases (one as a backup).
Arizona Highways Photo Workshops is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.
Lodging During the Workshop
The Lexington at Jackson Hole
285 N. Cache Street
Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: (307) 733-2648
The workshop will be based out of The Lexington at Jackson Hole. Four nights lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Single room accommodations are available for an additional fee. A courtesy room block is available on the night of December 10, just prior to the workshop, if booked prior to November 10. Participants are required to make this reservation by calling The Lexington directly.
- 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
- 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS. Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.