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Big Bend National Park, Texas, Photography Tour

Includes The Alamo and Riverwalk, San Antonio

 

March 15th to March 22nd, 2018

7 nights/8 inclusive days  |  Limited to 7 participants

$3,256 USD per person | Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $300

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 Gateway airport: San Antonio, Texas [SAT]
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Photography Tour Overview:  Big Bend National Park is desert, Rio Grande canyon and river, Chisos mountain range, mammal, bird and flora. Also included are San Antonio side-bars such as the Riverwalk and the infamous Alamo. Starting and finishing our Texas sojourn in San Antonio, you will find that Big Bend National Park offers plenty for the photographer. This is peak wildflower and bird visibility time in the park, and you'll be kept busy with the contrasting fusion's of mountain, river, desert and colorful cacti. Big Bend is the least visited of America’s National Parks due its remote location, and is one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States with unmatched sights, and a peaceful solitude. Native American folklore records that, "After making Earth, the Creator simply 'dumped' all the remaining rock at Big Bend". That all sounds photogenic, but photograph the place for yourself in the slanting March light.
 
Our itinerary . . .

Just a moment, first things first! We suggest that you set your camera clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

 

Day 1  |  San Antonio
Mid afternoon arrivals into San Antonio will be ideal for our hotel rendezvous, and dinner plus evening photography considerations. The Alamo, a symbol of Texan pride, was established in 1718 and fell in 1836. We'll schedule our photography visit with consideration for warm-light pictures, and dinner on San Antonio's Riverwalk. Of course, the Riverwalk is photogenic in its own right!
San Antonio, 1 Night

Day 2  |  To Big Bend National Park
Dawn at the Alamo if a poignant silhouette is of interest to you, then following breakfast we'll go west throughout the day. Bandera is the 'Cowboy capital of the world', and the surrounding countryside is usually dotted with 'outbreaks' of Bluebonnets and other wildflowers, and be worthy of several stops. Via Uvalde and Del Rio - Mexico now just a big stones throw away - to the Amistad Reservoir, and a few 'water-scapes' there before continuing on via Marathon to Big Bend National Park in time for the late light.
Study Butte, 5 nights
 
Days 3, 4, 5 + 6  |  Big Bend National Park
We'll have four whole days and a 'pinch' of day 7 to explore this compact, but 'rich' terrain. Loop trips each day will see us photographing at many, many points around the park including the Chisos Mountains; Ernst Tinaja; the Rio Grande; the Grapevine Hills; Santa Elena canyon etcetera. Both from our minibus and easy walks, we shall be on the look-out for Coyote, Jackrabbit, Roadrunner and Golden Eagle, plus flora including Rainbow, Pricklypear, Claretcup, Button and Strawberry Pitaya Cacti etcetera. Throw in the early and late light excursions and you will return home with many memorable images.

Day 7  |  To San Antonio
We shall finish our 'photo business' in Big Bend National Park this morning, and then return eastwards shooting wildflowers and serendipitous subjects as we go. There will be ample stops as always, and we shall return to San Antonio in time for another supper on the San Antonio river's Riverwalk, plus the warm light on the west-facing Alamo to close our trip. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action by John.
San Antonio, 1 Night

Day 8  |  Departure day
As there is no photography scheduled for the day of departure, your flight home can be arranged for any time today.

 
Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tour
 
 
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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'mildly strenuous' to 'strenuous'

We take some simple trails in Big Bend National Park, which really only become strenuous if the temperature on the day is above 75 degrees Fahrenheit

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous

 
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Photography Tour Cost, the Fine Details and Enrollment

Trip Cost: $3,256 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $300

Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John
  • All accommodations with private facilities [ensuite]
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunch on day one of the trip
  • Dinner on the last night of the trip
  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water
  • All ground transportation
  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included
  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’
  • Following the trip, field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, and a disc containing images of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare
  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return
  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates
  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation
  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary
  • Baggage fees
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry etcetera
  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport or visa expenses
  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Admission to Big Bend National Park is included in our Commercial Organization, Commercial Tour Fees, and/or a Commercial Use Authorization [CUA] permit

  • Any other admissions such as The Alamo and a Riverboat ride, if taken, are optional and not included

  • You will of course have free reign to photograph the exterior of any locations not included in the admissions list

 

                            

 

 
 

 


 
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