Monthly Archives: July 2018

A Full Moon and The Beginning Of Sunrise Over The Teton Mountains

Full Moon And The Beginning Of Sunrise Over The Tetons

A full moon and the beginning of sunrise over the Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming.

I was so very tired the day before from all the driving and hiking of the previous days, that I didn’t think I could get up early enough to do any sunrise photography. Besides, I had not really scouted out anyplace per se. So I figured I’d just sleep a little later that morning. Then, at about 4am, I had a HUGE cramp in my left calf. This was the same leg in which I’d pulled the calf muscle while on the North Rim. The pain was so bad that it woke me immediately and I didn’t get back to sleep. So, I figured what the heck, might as well get up and get going. I checked out of the hotel in Jackson and drove to an overlook I’d passed by a day earlier on my way to the park. Turned out to be a nice spot. And it was cold! Lucky for me I had my wool cowboy hat with me and I was wearing long sleeves. As I stood there getting pre-dawn and sunrise photos, I had to grin to myself that I was no longer in heat and humidity and the air was sweet with the fragrance of sage.

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons Scenery

An afternoon view of the Grand Tetons

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.

Becky In Grand Teton National Park

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Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunrise Seen From Upper Inspiration Point

Sunrise as seen from Upper Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

This is not a trick question, but more of a rhetorical one, actually.  Today’s National Parks Traveler has published a Featured Story regarding the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and how it could impact those species living / foraging within our national parks.  It’s a worthwhile read, and if you want to check it out, just click on the photo above.

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Where Will The Rainbow Lead You?

The Perfect Ending To A Great Day In Bryce Canyon

A perfect end to a perfect day in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Where, indeed, will that rainbow’s end find you?  I’m hoping for more photographic adventure (ok, and maybe gainful employment, too, once I get to central Washington).

I’ve been staying in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, for the past couple of days.  Every afternoon, sometimes starting as early as 12 noon, the monsoon rains would drift through, either where I was, or far off into the distance.  For this photo, the rain had just left the Bryce Canyon Lodge area and I knew there would be some great stormclouds in the distant scenery.  So, I hotfooted it to the Rim Trail in the Sunset Point area and sure enough, there was a combination of sun and stormclouds and, to my delight, a beautlful rainbow, as well.

Heading out of Bryce Canyon today and on to Park City, UT, where I will finally get to meet face-to-face, the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the National Parks Traveler, Kurt Repanshek.  I’ve been contributing articles and photos to the Traveler since 2012, but we’ve only ever communicated via email (mainly) and telephone (sporadically).

After spending the day in Park City, it’s on to Jackson WY and then to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, where I will spend time wandering and photographing before arriving at the end point in central Washington.

See you up the road!

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Note:  This was written yesterday but it turns out the spotty internet at Bryce Canyon Lodge was just not strong enough to upload everything.  So, a day late with this post.

 

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Distant Storm Clouds And Forest Fires On The North Rim

Storm Clouds Forest Fires And Late Afternoon Over The North Rim

After my visit to Petrified Forest National Park, in eastern Arizona, I drove west and then north to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where I stayed for a couple of days.  During that time, small forest fires broke out and distant thunderstorms showed up (it’s the summer monsoon season in the West and Southwest).  I could see all of this from a small overlook perched just below the Grand Canyon Lodge.

I happened to overhear a visitor mention that he really liked the North Rim better than the  South Rim because they could do so much more on the North Rim.  I thought about that for a moment, and decided that he was correct.  Granted, there are more stoppable view areas and more services and infrastructure at the South Rim.  This, of course, means more people and more tour buses.  However, for do-able trails that don’t require hiking waaaaay down into the canyon and then waaaay back up, I’d say the North Rim wins.  In terms of beauty and great photography, both areas tie for that position, I think.

The North Rim is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the South Rim, and it’s far more forested, sitting on the Kaibab Plateau.  If you visit, then be on the lookout for a small bison herd that comes through the park along Hwy 67, and see if you can spot the beautiful and unusual Kaibab squirrel.  I was lucky enough to see both, but only lucky enough to photograph the bison herd.

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Photographs That Teach Both Photographer And Viewer

Sandstone Cross Beds

Being on the move means I don’t always have access to internet, decent or otherwise.  This past Tuesday, July 24th, the National Parks Traveler published my latest Photography in The National Parks column.  To read the column, click on the photo above.

 

 

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Looking Out Over Blue Mesa Trail

Looking Over Blue Mesa Trail

Looking over Blue Mesa Trail, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
 
I spent the day in the park, yesterday. It was a dry heat (grin). This place is pretty amazing. Oh, there are no mountains or rivers or streams, and I saw very little wildlife (a dear, a bunny, and a raven). The the geology is really cool. I mean, think about it a moment: this place, once a swampy area with tall, thick trees and dinosaurs, is now a semi-arid (felt totally arid, to me) land with the petrified (agatized) remains of fallen trees. The conditions at the time had to be just right in order to petrify the swaths of logs you can see from your car window and from the hiking trails.
 
This image was captured at a view area overlooking the Blue Mesa trail and surrounding scenery. The rocks really *are* blue (and purple, mauve, beige and buff), with fallen logs, many longer than I am tall with a girth of 2-4 ft.
 
If you ever have the chance to visit this national park, you can see it in a day, although I always advocate maybe 1-1/2 to 2 days exploring. The first thing you should do when the park opens up at 7am is to hightail it out to the Blue Mesa Trail to hike it when it’s coolest and when the sunlight is angled just right.
 
Now, it’s on to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
 
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