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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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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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Blue Iris

Blue Iris

Because there can be only one …. Does anybody remember that show or am I dating myself … again? In this case, there was only a single blue iris growing in my sister and bro-in-law’s yard. At the time I didn’t think much beyond how beautiful it was (and how lonely it must have been), but later on, I realized it was summer and this iris was apparently trying to be a rebel, because iris usually just bloom in the spring, don’t they? Here it was in July.

This image was captured with a 100-400mm telephoto on my Canon 1DX. I left the macro lens at home (despite my “kitchen sink” attitude where I like to try and pack every bit of gear I have with me). The 1DX was set to track and focus on movement (flowers swaying in the breeze) and it has a fast enough fps speed that I applied the burst method (aka “spray and pray” to get clear shots of the flowers, not only in a Yakima neighborhood but also in Mount Rainier National Park.

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