Costa Rica

 March 12-23, 2023, Details Forthcoming


In conjunction with Holbrook Travel, an 11 day trip to Costa Rica is planned in March, 2023!   This boutique workshop includes lodging, meals, transportation, and a special boat ride in Costa Rica.  (*Excludes airfare to and from San Jose, Costa Rica, optional a la carte meal options, personal tips, alcohol, snacks and personal items)  

Costa Rica territory fits 12 times into France, or 13 times inside Texas, but you’ll find 10% of the bird species of the world (more than Canada and US combined). Costa Rica is any birder’s paradise!  In 1 week an avid birdwatcher can get +300 bird species (many of them endemic ones), while a photographer in a 3 hours driving distance can get 3 of the most beautiful birds in the world in perfect shooting conditions: Resplendent Quetzal, Keel Billed Toucan and the Scarlet Macaw!
With 0,03% of earth's surface, the country has around 5% of world biodiversity, including 924 bird species, 1,600 orchid species, 240 mammal species, up 200 tree species, 200 volcanoes, and 380 amphibians and reptile species.
27% of the local territory is under environmental protection!

Visit hotspots encompassing a variety of habitats and elevations, ranging from lowland rainforests, wetlands, and marshes to cloud forest and high-elevation páramo.    Accompanied by one of our expert birding guides, you’ll experience the country’s diverse natural beauty while identifying resident and migrants alike, including rare, endangered, and endemic targets.


Capture amazing images of macaws in flight at a farm where they are bred and reintroduced into the wild. 
Seek out regional endemics like the Volcano Junco and White-throated Mountain-gem, plus the highly coveted Resplendent Quetzal, high in the Talamanca Mountains. 
Take a safari boat ride in the wetlands of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, where targets include Yellow-breasted Crake, Pinnated Bittern, and Nicaraguan Grackle.
Visit Batsú Garden, whose natural perches with almost infinite backgrounds have been designed with photographers in mind.
Look for nocturnal species such as owls, potoos, and nighthawks during guided evening hikes.

Costa Rica | Birding and Photography with Karen Schuenemann (

KENYA, 20212  14 DAYS WITH AIRFARE          

August 5-18th, 2022

I have shared that my original trip to Kenya was LIFE CHANGING.  It is an almost spiritual experience to see the animals that I read about in books and saw on the pages of National Geographic...Not in a zoo, but actually on the plains of the Masai Mara or up in the more northern parts of Kenya.   To actually see the lions, zebras, hippos, monkeys, rhinos, flamingos and, oh so many more, in their natural environment was so moving that it brought tears to my eyes.   To see and smell the rich fertile soil of the Rift Valley took me to a primal place...somehow recognizing how precious and beautiful this world is. 

So to now be able to share another incredible photo safari to Kenya is almost beyond words.   A lot of time, thought and care has been put into this trip.   It was designed for YOU!  We will have 14 days, 12 nights in Kenya and  1 night in Dubai.  We are flying directly from Los Angeles to Dubai, overnight in Dubai, and then on to Nairobi.  We are staying  the first 2 nights in Nairobi to get acclimated after the long trip, but will include some special visits including the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen estate.  This is peak migration time!  We have scheduled 14 game drives on our trip, and our vehicles are designed for us.  The price is inclusive  of your airfare from Los Angeles to Dubai to Nairobi on Emirates Air from August 5-18th, 2022, and includes all lodging, transportation, guiding and meals.   (Tips, alcohol, and personal items are not included.)   We are going to enjoy both a Bush Breakfast and a Bush Dinner AND an afternoon walking safari!   There is the optional choice for a Balloon Ride over the Masai Mara, and a 3 day extension to visit Amboseli.  

This is AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME... I hope that you will consider joining me.   Don't put off those dreams!   DO IT NOW!

​​​​​​​2022 Spring Wilderness At Heart Teton Photo Safari

May 15-20, 2022

Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service

The spectacular beauty in the Tetons along with numerous wildlife sightings and wonderful fall colors make this an ideal time to visit Grand Teton National Park and the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

With knowledgeable guiding in Grand Teton National Park combined with a private all day tour with Jackson Hole EcoTours , we will have nearly five days of photography.  This trip will be a combination of landscape and wildlife photographic adventure.  Potentially we may see Grizzlies, Elk, Moose, Beavers and many other critters that thrive in this beautiful park

This is an all inclusive, boutique workshop.  From the time that you are picked up at the Jackson Airport to the time you are dropped back off, your guiding, meals and tips, lodging at the lovely Hotel Lexington, transportation in a comfortable vehicle and an all day EcoTour trip is included.   $4450 for an amazing workshop in a most amazing place!  

(*Airfare to Jackson, Wyoming, alcohol, personal items not included in price.)​  In the event that government dictated quarantines override the scheduled trip, all monies will be refunded.  Proof of COVID vaccine is required.  

Join me for another Adventure of A Lifetime with Wilderness At Heart Photography.   Send me an email through the contact form for more information and to sign up.  

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​​"So grateful that I took my first Photography Workshop with you on Bird Photography.   I never realized how much wildlife there is in our urban area before taking your Workshop!   It is so rewarding to apply what I have learned!   You are an awesome Photographer and Instructor, Karen!    Thank you!"  

-Christine H.

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 Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico  Safari

January 15-19, 2022

(Full Moon January 17, 2022)
Now is the time to book your trip to Bosque Del Apache! This is an incredible experience, not just a trip!    This is an all inclusive adventure with just 4-6 photographers.   Once you have arrived on January 15th, 2022 in Albuquerque, you will be picked up at the airport for an incredible photographic safari.  The best part about going in January is that there are thousands of birds and fewer people.   When you  witness a lift off of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes, you will be forever changed!  Experience the beauty and light of New Mexico!

I have invited guest photographer(s) and scheduled an amazing private raptor shoot for our group.  The price of this trip includes your transportation from Albuquerque to Socorro, photographic instruction,  raptor shoot, guest photographer, hotel, all meals and tips,  and a trip that you will never forget.  Minimum 4 people, maximum 6 people.   $2450 for this amazing trip.  *Excludes transportation to and from Albuquerque, alcohol, snacks and personal items

COVID protocols are being diligently followed at the Best Western Hotel, and masks may be required in vehicle, restaurants, hotel lobby, and elsewhere.   Compliance by all participants is expected.   If government dictated quarantine goes into effect and the trip must be cancelled, all monies will be refunded to participants.   Proof of COVID vaccine is required.