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Two Regional Events in July – Save Your Spot!

By May 19, 2022May 24th, 2022No Comments

Thunderstorm over Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park © Lee Hoy

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

Looking for a chance to see, experience, and photograph spectacular landscapes, insects and flowers, night skies and star trails, and brush up your macro and long exposure skills? Now is your chance … at a NANPA Regional Event. Two terrific trips are open for registration, but act fast! Regional Events typically sell out.

Why Regional Events?

These field events receive consistently high ratings from NANPA members and event participants. Each is a three- to four-day nature photography eperience in a very photogenic location led by experienced photographers who are deeply knowledgeable about the area.

Participants rave about the experiences they have. Katie Verbarendse went a Regional Event at Grand Teton and said “The trip re-invigorated my love for nature photography.” For Dana Foley, “the people were the best thing, from the leaders to the participants, all great people of all skill levels willing to help and share.” Rob Mathewson said “Attending a Regional Event will enhance your photographic skills, garner you images worthy to hang on your (or anyone else’s) walls, and provide ample opportunity for both networking and establishing new friendships. After attending the Grand Teton National Park Regional Event, I would highly recommend a Regional Event to anyone. It will provide you an unforgettable experience, up your photographic game, and create positive, lifelong memories.”

See more about why you should consider signing up for a Regional Event here and here.

Blooms, Bees and Butterflies in the Beartooths

Join Clay Bolt and Kathy Lichtendahl in Wyoming’s Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains and explore alpine meadows full of wildflowers, colorful butterflies, buzzing bees and lots of opportunities for macro photography. Called “the most beautiful drive in America” the Beartooth Highway runs through stunning mountain scenery and fields of wildflowers. What could be better?

You’ll be guided by Clay Bolt and Kathy Lichtendahl. Bolt, previous NANPA president and recipient of NANPA’s 2019 Environmental Impact Award is a natural history and conservation photographer. He specializes in small creatures like bees and has become known for his work on protecting the rusty-patched bumble bee. Kathy Lichtendahl has lived in the greater Yellowstone area for almost thirty years, leads workshops throughout Wyoming, and has documented hundreds of species of insects and wildflowers through the Yellowstone Phenology Project. Learn more about this Regional Event here.

Spring arrives late on top of the Beartooth Plateau with wildflowers blooming in July. © Kathy Lichtendahl

Summer Skies and Starry Nights in Big Bend

Jeff Parker and Lee Hoy lead a trip to the Big Bend area of southwest Texas. There, you’ll photograph stars and star trails in a famous dark sky areal In addition, Big Bend’s iconic landscapes and big skies offer many opportunities for landscapes and big sky photos, especially with some of towering summer clouds.

Lee Hoy has been exploring the Big Bend region for more than 30 years, leads workshops there and was the scout for a PBS Nature special about the region. Jeff Parker was a long-time resident of Texas and has led many workshops in Big Bend National Park. Learn more about this Regional Event here.

Two great events. Take your pick, but sign up now!

Star Trails at Big Bend © Jeff Parker

Frank Gallagher is a landscape and nature photographer based in the Washington, DC, area who specializes in providing a wide range of photograph services to nonprofit organizations. He manages NANPA’s blog and can be found online at or on Instagram @frankgallagherfoto.