Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? You can read more trivia like this and test your knowledge about this national park with the latest quiz and trivia piece penned by yours truly and published in the National Parks Traveler. If you’ve visited this park, then see how much you really know. If you’ve not yet visited, then this should encourage you to put this place on your bucket list of parks to see.
To take the quiz and read the trivia, click on the image above.
As for the image above, I captured it one lovely summer morning during my 1-1/2 day stopover in the park while making my Big Move from Texas to Washington state. Summers are hideous in terms of crowds here, but if you get up early enough, you can stake out a spot with ease for lovely sunrise shots like the one here, along the banks of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend.
It’s Trivia Tuesday! Did you know that the Tetons are the youngest mountains in the Rockies, and that the eastern front of the Teton Range is one huge fault scarp?
Speaking of Grand Teton National Park, tourism officials in Jackson Hole are looking forward to reaching that new “normal” regarding how they will open up, according to an article published today in the National Parks Traveler:
As for this image itself, I captured it on my very first visit into this national park, during my 2018 road trip move from Texas to central Washington. It was in the afternoon – I’d checked into my hotel, unloaded some of my stuff, then hopped into the car to drive into the park and do a teeny bit of scouting to see if I could find any good spots for sunrise shots. I didn’t go very far, though, because, in all honesty, I was plumb tuckered out. I’d been on the road for 11 days, driving, unloading, reloading, stopping off at national parks for 2-3 days here and there for full days of photography. I was having fun, but I was tired. Besides, as the afternoon progressed, the smoke from forest fires near and far became heavier. This image was taken not too far from the Windy Point Turnout. I’d gotten some shots there, then drove a little further northward before deciding to call it quits for the afternoon. By then, I’d pretty much figured out what my sunrise location would be.
A home where the bison roam, at Elk Ranch Flats, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
If you’ve never been to Grand Teton National Park, before, maybe you should put that on your next vacation plan. This national park was a part of my road trip itinerary during my move last summer, and I wrote an article about it, which the National Parks Traveler has published. Gives a new meaning to the word “Grand.”
To read the article, click on the photo above.
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Dusky Grouse On Display, Signal Mountain Summit, Grand Teton National Park
Actually, I almost named this “Dusky Grouse On The Run,” since it was moving at a brisk clip alongside the road down from Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Sometimes, that’s how I used to feel when I was getting ready to go to work in the pre-dawn hours.
Anyway, I couldn’t believe my good luck that morning, at the summit of Signal Mountain. I’d already captured numerous images of the female dusky grouse, and was feeling pretty lucky about it as I began the slow drive down the road back to the main park highway (the speed limit is either 15 mph or 20 mph). I happened to turn my head to the side and see this fanned out set of feathers. I stopped the car (nobody was in front of or behind me) and looked closer and realized I was watching a male on display. So I grabbed my camera with the 100-400mm lens (with the 1.4x extender on) on the seat beside me and proceeded to get some wonderful images of this beautiful bird, about the size of a chicken. Serendipity plays a large role in photography.
Photo ops are found everywhere you walk along the trail at Schwabacher Landing
Everybody who visits this national park should make it out to Schwabacher Landing. Mornings provide wonderful light and still waters, but a visit anytime of the day is probably great for photos, I believe. The only warning I give is that the road down there is unpaved, with potholes and uneven surfaces. I carefully maneuvered my loaded Honda Fit along the road and made it in and out with no issues, but I thought I’d mention this, anyway. The parking lot, such as it is, doesn’t have much room to it, so you need to be careful there, too.
Once you are parked, just follow along the trail. Everywhere you look is a wonderful photo op.
This was my first sunrise in this national park. I’d actually slept in a little late because I was just so tired from all the going, going, going of the move and road trip up to that point. By the time I checked out of the hotel in Jackson and hit the road, I knew I wouldn’t be anywhere iconic for sunrise shots.This was my first time visiting this park, so I didn’t even really know where a good location might be for sunrise. That morning was a crapshoot that turned out not too badly.
First-time visits to national parks are always recon visits. You aren’t quite certain of the lay of the land, you have no idea what kind of parking you’ll encounter or what kind of crowds, and of course, weather and lighting always play their part. All in all, it wasn’t too bad of a location, and this image shows you something you might not even think about, in your desire to drink in the mountains dominating the entire scene: all that sage blanketing the valley floor is very important to the park’s ecosystem. According to the NPS site, while sagebrush, is eaten only by pronghorn antelope and sage grouse, it *does* provide protection from the wind, rain and snow.
The beginning of sunrise at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
I’ve finally finished up all the Yellowstone images I captured during the course of my 3-day visit there. I’ve moved on to editing the photos I took during my Grand Teton National Park stay. My sister worries that I’ll be bored after I am totally finished with the photo edits, but I assure her I have never been bored ever, except during those last months at my old job in Texas. I figure it will probably take me this month to finish up Grand Teton as well as the North Rim. Once I am finished with the photos, I will have plenty of time to start writing articles for 2019 for the National Parks Traveler, using the photos I took during my road trip move. I already have ideas brewing, but just haven’t put virtual pen to virtual paper yet.
As for this shot: Oxbow Bend is an iconic location within the park, and many a sunrise image from there has shown up in various and sundry publications. For those of you who have never been, there is actually a small parking lot on the river side of the road, but to me, the best views of the mountains are to be seen if you park on the wide shoulder alongside the road on the same side as the parking lot. The shoulders are actually marked, so it’s legal to park there, but on that side only and not on the other side, which has no shoulder to it at all, if I remember correctly.
On the day I arrived in the park, as I was driving to the Jackson Lake Lodge that early afternoon, this area was jam-packed with people (since it was late July). The mornings, however, are a different story, but it’s a good idea to get there pre-dawn to stake out a place for sunrise images, because more people began to arrive as the day progresses.
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An early-morning view of the Grand Teton Mountains across Willow Flats Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
I’d finished my last breakfast at the Jackson Lake Lodge and noticed these wonderful colors and clouds right outside the dining room windows. So I hoofed it to my car, brought out the tripod and returned to this spot to capture a few morning images before heading on to Yellowstone National Park, that day.
From Bryce Canyon National Park to Park City, Utah, to Jackson, Wyoming, to Grand Teton National Park. I arrived a couple of days ago, was able to check in early to my Jackson hotel, then did a little exploration of a small portion of the park before finally pooping out from the driving and previous hiking. The 12 days I’ve been on the road have been full, full, full, either with driving or hiking and photographing. As I’ve found out the hard way, if you keep pushing yourself too much without an occasional nap, then it’s hard to carry on. Don’t worry, I’ve managed.
Anyway, I spent all day yesterday in the park and will do the same today before heading out tomorrow for Yellowstone National Park.
FYI, mornings all the way up to around noon are the best time for photos out here, before the sun and the haze from the forest fires set in to cover up the incredible scenery out here. Mornings are also the time to get your photos prior to all the crowds coming in, and trust me, there are crowds out here in Grand Teton National Park. And this is just a precursor for Yellowstone, I know.
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