Trip Reports: Fall 2010

Right away, on the first day back, we were greeted with big white puffy clouds against the bright blue sky. It had been so long...

Right away, on the first day back, we were greeted with big white puffy clouds against the bright blue sky. It had been so long that I thought I was seeing things! This is the northern Tetons, reflected in the perfectly still water of Jackson Lake at mid-day. 


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I had been eying up this grove of aspens the week previous, but without clouds the photo wouldn't have been as interesting. When...

I had been eying up this grove of aspens the week previous, but without clouds the photo wouldn't have been as interesting. When I saw them this day I could hardly believe what a perfect scene it was. This fiery orange grove of aspens was by far the most vibrant I've ever seen. 

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Ian waiting for a moose to possibly come out of the brush.

Ian waiting for a moose to possibly come out of the brush.

Sometimes this happens when an animal is spotted near a road. Photographers and first time visitors alike, all getting the opportunity...

Sometimes this happens when an animal is spotted near a road. Photographers and first time visitors alike, all getting the opportunity to see amazing wildlife up close. (there was a moose in the brush)

Hot air balloons on another hazy day. I can only imagine how great the view was from up there. 

Hot air balloons on another hazy day. I can only imagine how great the view was from up there. 

The same cinnamon black bear from the previous week was still in the same spot as we had left it. This time it was feeding in...

The same cinnamon black bear from the previous week was still in the same spot as we had left it. This time it was feeding in a tree just as the sun was going down. The warm light, combined with the autumn foliage made for some great images. 

They look really cute until they make this face.

They look really cute until they make this face.

Beautiful catch light on this bear's eyes. 

Beautiful catch light on this bear's eyes. 

One last photo from this particular evening. This was my favorite shot from that night.  ** This image is available as an...

One last photo from this particular evening. This was my favorite shot from that night. 

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A hazy sunset at Schwabachers Landing.

A hazy sunset at Schwabachers Landing.

Base camp, under the stars, in the Tetons. 

Base camp, under the stars, in the Tetons. 

So the next morning we were at the Oxbow bend before sunrise. Just as the weatherman had predicted, there were clouds behind...

So the next morning we were at the Oxbow bend before sunrise. Just as the weatherman had predicted, there were clouds behind the Tetons. It was a very interesting sunrise with rapidly changing conditions. 

First light casts a beautiful magenta glow on Mt. Moran and the northern Tetons. 

First light casts a beautiful magenta glow on Mt. Moran and the northern Tetons. 

This was the image that I came here for. About 45 minutes after sunrise, the weather that was developing around the mountains...

This was the image that I came here for. About 45 minutes after sunrise, the weather that was developing around the mountains rapidly transformed into really dramatic stormy skies. The sky was still clear to the east, allowing light to strike only the golden aspen trees that line the snake river. I really don't think I could have asked for better conditions than this. 

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It was a good thing I got the shots I wanted that morning. At sunset, the same day,  this was the scene. As you can see...

It was a good thing I got the shots I wanted that morning. At sunset, the same day,  this was the scene. As you can see, the storm moved through and took down almost all of the leaves on the trees that were so brilliant just a few hours earlier.

After the amazing sunrise at the Oxbow Bend we went south a ways to see what else we could photograph. I had to stop and photograph...

After the amazing sunrise at the Oxbow Bend we went south a ways to see what else we could photograph. I had to stop and photograph these horses grazing underneath the Grand. It was a great morning, with dramatic light lasting a few hours. 

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This is what happens when a bear is close to the road and people don't want to pull over to look!

This is what happens when a bear is close to the road and people don't want to pull over to look!

Later in the evening we spotted this Cinnamon black bear ravaging a berry bush in the rain. 

Later in the evening we spotted this Cinnamon black bear ravaging a berry bush in the rain. 

Reaching for those last berries on the branch.

Reaching for those last berries on the branch.

As happens fairly often when feeding in these comparatively small bushes, this bear fell to the ground. Acting as if nothing...

As happens fairly often when feeding in these comparatively small bushes, this bear fell to the ground. Acting as if nothing even happened, it already had its eyes on the nearest bush. 

A lot of times instead of climbing they would just use brute force to pull the whole tree to the ground where they can reach...

A lot of times instead of climbing they would just use brute force to pull the whole tree to the ground where they can reach them.

This picture made me laugh.

This picture made me laugh.

Ian and Tom Mangelsen checking out another bear just a few yards down the road. I was amazed at how many bears we saw on this...

Ian and Tom Mangelsen checking out another bear just a few yards down the road. I was amazed at how many bears we saw on this trip. 

Standing on the ground to get at the berries. 

Standing on the ground to get at the berries. 

Again, the dexterity of a bear's paw amazes me.

Again, the dexterity of a bear's paw amazes me.