Safari Information Reservations Guide: Brent Paull

When I think of Sequoia I think of black bears and giant sequoia trees ... but there is much more there than that.  The butterflies, songbirds, and wildflowers that call Sequoia National Park home make beautiful subjects all by themselves.  Like jewels hidden among the meadows and forests, these subjects are there to photograph if you look for them.  I look for them.  If we happen to see black bears we will photograph them as well, but primarily we will be looking for birds and wildflowers, and butterflies.

Bring your longest lens, as well as an intermediate zoom like a 770-200, and a wide angle.  The birds are plentiful but hard to find, the butterflies never stop moving, while the wildflowers are just waiting for us.

We do a considerable amount of walking as we move along.  The trails are relatively level, and the weather is usually mild, warmer in the afternoon.

We meet at 5am in Tulare, or 6am in Three Rivers - depending upon where you stay if you come the night before. At this time of the year the summer wildflowers are peaking, and butterfly activity is at its zenith. This safari is limited to 4 photographers.

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 
I've spent my 38-year wildlife photography career shooting in the American West.  The first 23 years shooting out of Utah, the past 15 years out of California.  With 1500 published photo credits, dozens of magazine covers and article, and a lifetime wandering the roads of the west, the photo safaris that I lead are all to the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife activity periods. 
Difficulty Level Dates

Moderate  -  lots of walking Thursday, July 6    $250
We walk from meadow-to-meadow, looking for fields of flowers, usually with butterflies and birds close by.  The meadows are still wet and vibrant, attracting a large variety of birds, both insectivores and seed eaters.  I photographed a huge variety of birds.  You have to stalk the butterflies, but eventually we find those that sit still for just long enough.  Since the meadows are still wet, waterproof boots work well.  Because Sequoia transitions through many life and plant zones, the variety of wildflowers is truly prodigious and colorful.  They are along the road, in the wet meadows, around creeks and springs, and in the sequoia/pine forests.  Knee pads help getting down on their level, and citrus-based mosquito repellant will keep the bugs of you - they are around.
Bonus Safari Discount Participants - maximum of 4 photographers. Information Links
Participating in four paid 1-day safaris (cumulative days) earns you 1 free safari day that can be applied to any future safari. Image Galleries:  CA-Wildflowers-1
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