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Dusky Grouse On Display

Dusky Grouse On Display

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.

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A Lovely Morning At Schwabacher Landing

A Sunny Morning At Schwabacher Landing

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.

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Sunrise Over The Mountains

Sunrise Over The Grand Teton Mountains

Sunrise in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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.

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The Beginning Of Sunrise At Oxbow Bend

Sunrise Over Oxbow Bend

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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Early Morning At Willow Flats

Morning Over Willow Flats

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.

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Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation

It was indeed splendid isolation that day. I stood on the Rim Trail between Inspiration and Sunset Points, all by myself, feeling the breeze in my face and enjoying the vast view. It was the monsoon season and the “thunderbumpers” were moving swiftly toward my area. I knew I needed to hightail it back to the lodge, like all the other sensible people were doing, but I kept having to stop to capture a photo of the scene. I did finally make it back to the Sunset View Point just as the rain began to pummel people still out there. I jogged over to one of the cabins to stand underneath the roof of the cabin’s patio as the rain, thunder and lightning continued. Of course, I was soaking wet already, but at least I was out of the elements. It’s never a good idea to be standing in a thunderstorm because of the lightning strikes, which occur with regularity in the high, exposed altitudes. 

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A Low-Key Sunrise

A Low-Key Sunrise At Sunrise Point

Here’s a low-key sunrise at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, to help most of you start out what might be a rather low-key start to your work week after a long Labor Day weekend.

I captured this image during my July return visit to this national park. I was planning on hiking a part of the Fairyland Loop Trail down to Tower Bridge, so decided this would be a good opportunity to get there pre-dawn and photograph a summer version of sunrise. I like to re-visit favorite places in national parks during different times of the year, because the angle of the sun changes from season to season. On this particular day, however, the sunrise way to my left was hidden behind some clouds, so while the landscape and morning were both still lovely, the light from the sunrise was rather muted.

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