Essence of Winter

Yellowstone National Park
January 28 to February 5, 2024

Cost: $7,300
Leader: Tom Murphy
Group Size: 8
Days: 9

Safari Overview

Learn more on the Trip Itinerary page.

Capture images of snowy Old Faithful geyser, ice-covered bison alongside thermal pools, foxes, coyotes, and perhaps wolves with professional wildlife photographer Tom Murphy. Step carefully around delicate, chalky mineral terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs and discover multihued steaming pools and bubbling mud pots in the Geyser Basins. Witness small crystals and flakes form into “geyser rain” as Old Faithful erupts. Track elk, pronghorn, and red fox amid a snowy and steamy landscape. Listen for the echoing howls of a pack of gray wolves haunting the stillness of Lamar Valley. Delve into the heart of Yellowstone National Park to create your own photographic stories of winter survival that leave your audience speechless.


  • Learn about animal behavior and Yellowstone from local expert and photographer, Tom Murphy.
  • Observe Yellowstone’s famous wildlife – bison, elk, gray wolf, and more.
  • Photograph spouting Old Faithful geyser and other fascinating geologic features.
  • Study photographic composition and technique in this hands-on photography workshop.
  • Maximize wildlife viewing opportunities with ample stops and detours while traveling via private bus and snowcoach.

Private Trip AvailableItinerary Updated: September 2022

Our Trip Leaders

Tom Murphy

Tom has offered custom photographic tours and seminars specializing in snowy environments, such as Yellowstone National Park and Antarctica, for nearly 30 years. He also holds a great interest in African wildlife and leading African photo safaris. His passion is photographing wildlife in its environment to tell a story. Much of his work centers on Yellowstone as highlighted in a popular PBS nature series program, Christmas in Yellowstone, and several of his own books (


Travel to Yellowstone and capture images of snowy Old Faithful geyser, ice-covered bison, fox, coyotes, and perhaps wolves.

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