Home Upcoming Events Fall Colors and More: Photographing the Change with John Hayden & Kent Bowser G221038

Fall Colors and More: Photographing the Change with John Hayden & Kent Bowser G221038

Search out and capture images in brilliant splashes of color along the canyon floors and mountain tops that herald the advent of fall. Drive and hike to exquisite locations and experience the best of northern New Mexico’s autumn color. The course will highlight digital photography and concentrate on developing and improving each photographer’s skill and experience. All levels of photographic experience are welcomed. Bring the camera and gear you wish to use and a personal laptop/tablet with image editing programs pre-loaded. We encourage group sharing and input, yet respect and build on individual expression. Participants should be able to walk 3 to 5 miles over uneven terrain at elevations of 6-11K feet. Early, late and all-day sessions are to be expected.


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Virtual Events: Payments made for Virtual Events are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the event, recordings will be made available to you after the event. For events with multiple sessions, every attempt will be made to make the session(s) available to you before the next scheduled session.

In-Person Events: During this Covid-19 pandemic period, written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January term. If the cancellation is Covid-related and is received less than 45 days prior to your start date, your funds will be left on deposit for another ghost ranch workshop or future stay or you can make it a full donation to support us through this unique business period.

Ghost Ranch Scholarship Request

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Ghost Ranch scholarship. The typical scholarship amount is $100-350. We are able to grant more scholarships in the winter, spring and late fall seasons than we are in the summer months. 

You will receive a copy of your scholarship form after you submit it and should hear back from Ghost Ranch about your application within a 10 working days. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Robin Keck, robingk@ghostranch.org.



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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

In-person workshops begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed.

Virtual workshops will have a varied schedule that is identified within each workshop description.

During Covid safety period - single occupancy lodging is the standard
  • During Covid-19 periods, all lodging types will be single occupancy at no additional charge. Of course, you can share a room with a spouse, partner, family or another person that shares your full-time residence. The extra folks that share a room will pay for workshop registration fees and meals.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?

Private bath refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy

Private Bath Room: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms. The highest rate tier of Ghost Ranch lodging.

Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two adjoining sleeping rooms. These rooms will only be used as family or group suites, not to be shared by unknown neighbors as in the past.

Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/shower in the lodging building and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

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  • John Hayden
    John Hayden

    John Hayden, Tijeras, NM, is a retired forest ranger forester (33 years with Forest Service) who knows the natural and human history of Northern New Mexico like few others. John has a varied background in management of natural and cultural resources which included serving as the first Forest Service director of the Ghost Ranch Living Museum (1970-74) following its transfer to the National Forest system; has a strong interest and in-depth knowledge of flora, fauna, geology and peopling of the Rio Chama area. Since 1971, Ghost Ranch has featured John as instructor, leader, teacher, guide in numerous workshop such as day hiking and outdoor photography, and he has co-led archaeological excavations and surveys, digital photography (including Jan Term), nature sketching, and spiritual discovery hiking. He shares his love for God through appreciation of His creation and creatures.

  • Kent Bowser
    Kent Bowser

    Kent Bowser, Since 1977 Kent Bowser has photographed the sacred sites and landscapes of the Southwest. He still prefers B&W film, but more recently uses digital photography and has an affection for the iPhone’s imagery. His teaching at Ghost Ranch began in 1991, with January Term classes following in 1996. Kent holds a BA in art history and BS and MA degrees in photography from Ohio State University. Aside from Ghost Ranch, a few of his favorite locales are the Bisti De Na Zin Badlands, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Chaco Canyon, and SE Utah.


Oct 08 - 14 2022



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