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Michael Francis Photo October Newsletter

February 2011

Hello everyone,

Greetings from “Wonderland”! Hope your winter is going well. I have just finished with three weeks in snowy Yellowstone National Park, with one more week to go. The snow is really coming down and wildlife sightings have been spectacular. There were about 150 swans on the Madison River early in January. Also spent considerable time with an ermine on one trip – a first for me. I’m planning something new for Yellowstone 2012 – a deluxe tour which will include 7 nights at various locations including Snow Lodge (a day and a half at the Upper Geyser Basin) and the Canyon Yurt Camp for first light at The Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon and Hayden Valley (something I’ve wanted to do for years!). Will have details shortly, email to be first on the list! It will fill quickly – no other trip like this one!!

I’m often asked by fellow photographers / trip participants for more info on certain subjects. Lately winter photography has been a popular subject (maybe because I have been leading so many winter trips!?) So for this issue of the newsletter I am resurrecting info from a talk I did for the NANPA Road Shows a few years back on Winter Photography. Let me know other topics you might be interested in having me comment on.

I’m still looking for one more photographer to round out my group at the ICF Pro/Am photo shoot at a private ranch in South Texas in March in the days preceding the NANPA Summit. Three days with the possibility of 4 days. See details on my website.

Two folks recently had to pull out of the Madagascar trip in October which had been full for over a year. There’s still time to join me and visit this amazing island. Doubt I will do this one again anytime soon. Come prepared for an adventure!

Still two spaces available on my fall Bear trip to Alaska. Check out the images made last year. This will be my 15th year leading trips to this amazing place. We live on a boat and travel to various salmon streams to view and photograph the bears fishing. I have had photographers come back year after year for this spectacle. Questions?

Don’t forget that I am now leading trips into the Pryor Mountains for wild mustangs. I am one of a handful who has a BLM permit for this purpose. This is the first wild horse sanctuary in the US. A trip to the top of the mountain (over 8,000 feet) in July with the horses and wild flowers is not soon to be forgotten! You can also set up custom trips to the Pryors with me through all four seasons.
OK time to board the snowcoach. Have a nice winter, take that camera out of hibernation!

Hope to see you on a trip soon!

- Mike


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