A great way to break up the ennui of flying is to play around with aerial photography. Get yourself a window seat, a camera, and enjoy all the amazing landscapes Earth has to offer. I’ve recently been doing this more and more and I am loving it! Google Earth, step aside, Wolfe Earth is now a thing.
But seriously, you can get some great abstract shots and fancy yourself a spy from time to time. This last trip took me over the pole so I was able to get some images of ice break up in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland, Russian farmlands, the east coast of the Caspian Sea, and the Alborz mountain range in Iran. While on the plane I do set my clock to local destination and try to get some sleep, but it can be very difficult, so I find this to be a very absorbing and intriguing distraction.
Lots of fish, lots of bears, lots of action—what else would you expect from a couple weeks in Katmai National Park!? The cubs are always precious but this year they were FEISTY! We enjoyed watching and photographing one group of three siblings get in a row over a fish as mamma bear looked on. The two bigger cubs went at it, while the third smaller cub sneaked in and made off with the fish. Live and learn!
2023’s Katmai Bears workshops are up and there are a few spots available. If you anticipate that you might want to join, don’t hesitate to sign up, as they generally fill up faster than your average workshop! Who’s with me?!
Hard to believe we are fast approaching the final quarter of the year! So far the 2023 slate of U.S. workshops is shaping up to provide a lot of variety, with many popular locations making their return. Save a couple hundred bucks with early bird pricing and lock in your spot today and visit some of the most breathtaking locations in the US.
Each time I return to lead these workshops it’s always exciting to share what I’ve learned on previous trips, and to explore alongside our participants to discover something new. Come along, make some new friends and have a blast with us this spring!
It was probably inevitable with the amount of traveling I do, but COVID caught up to me back in May keeping me grounded at home just when I was about to head out the door to begin our Madagascar Photo Journey. Luckily Gav was able to go, and the shots I saw posted on social media from that trip’s photographers were fantastic!. They only strengthened my resolve to get to the island myself as soon as humanly possible.
Fortunately I was able to arrange an impromptu trip there this past July, fitting in more than enough of the island for a variety of the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Leaping lemurs, lizards in camouflage, iconic baobab trees, and much more – enjoy!
This trip had originally been planned for July 2020, then COVID happened. I am eternally grateful that folks hung on to their reservations for two years and we were able to have an amazing trip!
Our focus was cultural, though we did have a very few wildlife sightings including a critically endangered saiga antelope that galloped past us in a flash.
We were able to stay with and photograph the iconic Kazakh eagle hunters and even crashed a wedding. Near Khovd we went to a traditional festival called a nadaam, with dusty, spirited horse races, and beefy wrestlers who made short work of soldiers who were attending. Finally, as part of the group split off to photograph the endangered takhi (Przewalski’s horse) I was able to meet with shamans. In the Soviet era, Shamanism (and Buddhism) were repressed, but the ancient cultural traditions are making a resurgence.
The vast steppe and arid mountains of Mongolia are magnificent. It is awe-inspiring to witness a rainstorm sweeping across the land and passing clouds dapple the hillsides. It is truly one of the last places where one can feel so small yet invigorated by nature.
Today is World Elephant Day, and as you know – I’ve got at least a couple of photos of these amazing beasts! Enjoy the slide show, and if you’re so inclined I happen to be running a sale on all my books through the end of the month – treat yourself or get some early holiday shopping done with a singed/inscribed copy of Wild Elephants! Use code AUG22SAVE20 and get a 20% discount. Request a signature or inscription if you’d like one – just keep in mind this could delay your order as I can only sign when I’m in town!
I’m currently headed out of town to lead our Katmai tours but I’ll be back in mid-August to sign any orders that we receive prior to my return and my staff will then get those shipped out ASAP. orders coming after Aug. 15th will be shipped in September when Gav and I return from our Africa tours.
Live like an artist and surround yourself with inspiration! Use code AUG22SAVE20 at checkout on the store on artwolfe.com – and don’t forget to leave a note with your order any special notes you might want with your signature!
It’s no secret that I’ve been working on a wildlife book coming out Fall 2023. Editing images has been an exercise of joyous frustration—if only I had better equipment on that photo shoot in 1983 (or really, if only I had been a better photographer!). Putting together books is a great way to relive past successes, missed opportunities, and just plain great memories. But the editing is far from done, I will be photographing and editing images up until the very last minute when the files get sent off to the printers next year.
Sign up for our mailing list and follow me on social media and you will get the first news of progress reports and special offers – if you’ve enjoyed and purchased any of my previous books you won’t want to miss this massive collection of my best wildlife shots!
For those of you following me on Social Media, one thing is apparent – people LOVE photos of birds! To that end I figured I would help get your weekend started with some of my favorite bird shots from recent years. Enjoy the gallery, and don’t forget – just about any image you see on my site, the stock site, or on social media can be turned into a beautiful high-quality enduring print. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the stock site or in my online store, simply contact my staff with what you’re looking for and they can provide you with pricing for just about any image you desire!
If you’re only following my blog and not the rest of my social media channels – you’re missing out! All of my channels have a variety of content to keep tabs on where I’ve been and where I’m going, as well as stories and memories from years past.
Instagram is a great place for anyone just looking to view my photos – and while you’re there, why not share you’re own? Drop your Instagram tag in the comments for a follow!
Facebook is still alive and kicking and it’s probably the place to get the most up-to-date info on what I’m up to outside of my events page. It’s also one of the avenues to use to view me when I live-stream.
For more quick hits, check out my twitter feed. Here you can see much of the cross content from Facebook, and it’s also a great place to share current event stories and get up to speed on the latest news.
I have two video channels as well with varying content. My YouTube channel is full of free content, including past episodes of Art Wolfe Live!, and Tequila Time with Art Wolfe. On my Vimeo channel you’ll find paid content, like the ability to purchase and stream the entire first season of Travels to the Edge at your leisure – and of course my intensive in-depth two-season series, “Pathways to Creativity” – a deep dive into my photography portfolio and travel history that explores just about every scrap of knowledge I can muster, nearly 22 hours to improve the way you visualize your photography, from technical tips to Art History, travel tips and much more!
As a special bonus for this #WednesdayWisdom post – save 25% off one or both seasons of Pathways to Creativity using code PTCSUMMER22! Just enter the code at checkout via Vimeo. Discount is good through the end of August!
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon – don’t forget to drop your Instagram handle in the comments below for a follow!