This three-day photo safari is ideal for the photographer interested in the Conservation of the Environment and how the actions of photographers can impact nature. You will learn about the seven principles of Leave No Trace.
We will spend three days on Michigan’s Drummond Island home based at the Island’s Conference Center. This photo safari is co-sponsored by the Nature Conservancy. In fact, your tuition includes a one-year membership in the Nature Conservancy. We will spend time hiking and photographing the Alvars and Boreal Forrest owned by the Conservancy. The MPW instructors are not only skilled photographers, but naturalists as well. This means our students are not only instructed on the relevant botany surrounding the flowers, but on macro techniques of photographing many wild spring flowers, for example: Praire Smoke, Ox-eye Daisies, Daisy Fleabane, Goat’s Beard, Yellow Lady’s Slippers, Water Lily, Pickerelweed, mosses and lichens.
We will also have an optional guided kayak tour down the calm waters of the Potaganissing River. Even if you have never been in a kayak, this will be easy, safe and stress free. We will lunch and hike the shoreline of the peninsula surrounding the Nature Conservancy and at the Hoydic cabin followed by a campfire and photographing the sunset. We will photograph the area known as Fossil Ledge where we will find no shortage of Crinoids, Brachiopods and Horned Coral fossils embedded in the local dolomite limestone created millions of years ago in the Paleozoic Era and uncovered 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. We will celebrate the flora and fauna of Drummond Island. Do not be surprised to see deer, Loon or Sand Hill Cranes up close.
Bring your tripod, camera and laptop computer as the instruction will not be limited to just making photographs but editing them as well. This is an experience not to be missed. The hiking and kayaking are easy and the photography outstanding! Transportation, lodging, and meals are not included. Out-of-state students should consider flying into the Saulte St. Marie Airport
Students attending the 300 Series Safaris will qualify for a one-day Photoshop opportunity to print exhibition quality images from their recent safari, under the tutelage of an MPW instructor. This printing day is included at no additional charge.