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Vermejo – Babes and Blooms

June 23, 2021 - June 27, 2021


“Babes and Blooms”

Join me at Vermejo Park Ranch in northeast New Mexico for our annual “Babes and Blooms” photo workshop. In the early summer, Vermejo Park Ranch comes alive with newborn animals, abundant wildflowers and a greening landscape.

With help from one of Vermejo’s expert guides, we will search for wildlife (especially searching for young bison in their red coats, elk, deer, black bear with cubs, bighorn sheep, etc.) from comfortable 4WD vehicles that serve as excellent mobile blinds.  We will also search out Vermejo’s  best meadows and mountain-tops for wildflower displays that happen most years.

As a special treat, we are staying this year at the fabulous, small high country Costilla Lodge, and may have the entire lodge to our group.

Guests also have an option to extend their stay another two days if they wish to experience more of what Vermejo has to offer or more time for photography instruction from me.


Cost $3200 for single participant in own room (4 nights at $800/night). Cost for couples sharing a room is $3000 each ($750/night). Price includes lodging, meals, professional guides and on-site transportation.There is an optional two day extension available for anyone who wants more time to shoot, explore or learn, subject to room availability.

Workshops usually limited to 6 photographers. Lodging is for standard accommodation.

Company Store purchases, alcoholic beverages, staff and guide gratuity and New Mexico State sales tax are not includedClick here for more information about tipping and my Vermejo workshops in general.

Contact me at 214-213-4193 or for more information about the workshop and what to expect if you join us. To book, contact Vermejo Park Ranch at (575) 445-3097 or


We will adjust our itinerary depending on the weather and those serendipitous opportunities that will likely present themselves. But this gives you an idea of what to expect.

We keep the itinerary open on this workshop give us the flexibility to work around the weather, the wildflowers and the wildlife opportunities. We will generally be out before dawn and out late, chasing the best light and opportunities. The following itinerary gives you some idea what to expect, but I will usually adjust it every evening after a discussion with the group.

I will also be available during our down times to work with each participant on their images, their photo techniques, or digital issues. Bring your laptop and I can look over your shoulder if you wish! If the weather and action is good, however, we will spend as much time out in the field as we can, chasing photo opportunities.

The first day is very relaxed. Arrive at noon or early afternoon. You will have time to grab some lunch, get checked in and take a nap from your journey. Participants usually arrive between noon and 3pm, so there is no rush.

In the afternoon, we will hang out on the patio to chat about what you would like to see or achieve during the workshop. We will then go on a photo drive before returning for dinner and a good night sleep.


Early in the morning we will head out to  Vermejo’s iconic Castle Rock, a huge rock outcropping in the middle of beautiful, wildflower-filled field.  The area around Castle Rock is prime wildlife viewing area, so we will also look for Vermejo’s large bison herd, prairie dogs, perhaps check a favorite spot for golden eagles, and other animals. Old barns and stables are also fun to explore and photograph. We will search for the large bison herds, elk and pronghorn that love this area.

Late in the morning we will return to relax and get lunch, with an opportunity for everyone to get help with their photo techniques and equipment.

Depending on the light and winds, we will go out to different areas to look for wildlife. We try to adapt to where animals have been sighted, such as bears with cubs and the larger bison herds with young calves. After sunset, we will return to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner.

On day 3, we will photographing “The Wall” with the dawn light and head to secluded high mountain meadows for animals and wildflowers. We will have a picnic lunch at a 10,000 foot aspen meadow.

Our exact itinerary will vary depending on what I have scouted beforehand and what areas are really “hopping.” We never know what we might find.

We will look for aspen groves, alpine wildflowers and wildlife. We will end up on a 12,000 foot mountain ridge above timberline as we search for herds of elk, bighorn sheep, and beautiful flowers like Alpine forget-me-nots. Not to mention, views to die for! We will have a picnic lunch in the dusk light.

Sleep late after a long night and then catch a late breakfast and final wrap-up before check out.

Those staying for the extra two day extension have the morning off and time to work on their images. In the evening, we will be back out to shoot into the night.

The two day extension is a complete wild card where I will discuss options with the participants, including even more remote locations, night photography, or exploring a Vermejo ghost town. On Day 7, we wrap up with a final breakfast and before check out

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June 23, 2021
June 27, 2021
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Sean Fitzgerald
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Vermejo Park Ranch
Raton, NM United States + Google Map
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