Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull

These spring/summer safaris are both a wildlife chase (black bears, songbirds) as well as a landscape shoot.  In other words, we will shoot anything cool we see.  There could be mosquitoes, so citrus based repellants are a must. We do some walking on this safari, usually several miles on relatively flat trails - so comfortable boots are a must.  We check some meadows in the morning, take a break for lunch, then usually walk to at least 1 or 2 meadows in the afternoon. 

The mornings are cool, warming to pleasant temps in the afternoon.  We usually go into Lodgepole for lunch, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you want.  I always have new water bottles in my truck so don't worry about packing them along.

We can meet at my home in Tulare or at a hotel in Visalia or Tulare at 5am, or in Three Rivers on Highway 198 at 6am in the Pizza Factory parking lot.  We will stop for lunch, then shoot again in the afternoon.  We will photograph everything that looks good: black bears, mule deer, birds, landscapes, etc.

The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, or credit card, and the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then full payment is due.  Check the main safari page for other information.  Spouses can ride/walk along at no charge, but you must have your own vehicle to travel in.  Link 

Participants:  Maximum of 4 photographers.
For the past 38 years I've led nature safaris in the American West, including along the California coast.  I spend about 130-140 days per year on these safaris, so I'm an expert at locations and species habits, and wildlife tactics to photograph them.  For example, I've spent 1800 days shooting in Yellowstone and the Tetons, and have led nearly 300 days of bobcat safaris. 
Difficulty Level Dates

Hard  -  Lots of walking, some hiking. $350   Jun 25   Jul 26   Aug 30
$650   Jul 19-20   Aug 2-3   Aug 15-16
This safari requires a longer telephoto or zoom lens, both for the black bears and the small songbirds we no doubt will encounter.  A wide-angle lens works for landscapes throughout the sequoia groves.  A tripod is optional, though we encounter many birds and bears in the darker forest.  You never know what we will encounter in these mountains - I have seen pine martens, a pacific fisher (once), a great gray owl (once), and dozens of other species. Other dates will be added in early summer.  Some of these dates are parallel with safari dates to the Mineral King area of Sequoia. I do them back-to-back so that those who travel to do a bear safari have other options to go along and do other regions.  Also, you can do a single day of the listed two days safaris.

Info Links:  Safari Checklist
Image Galleries:   BBear-1  BBear-2  BBear-3
 

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