About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Monthly Archives: July 2010
The Sun’s rays shine through Disappointment Peak and the Grand Teton Over Delta Lake.
This was one of those shots that I wasn’t in much of a hurry to process simply because I didn’t really like the way it looked before bringing it into Photoshop to see what I could do with it. After a couple of quick edits just to see what happened, however, it began taking form and I simply kept going until I had this. It’s one of those images that just brings you into the zone and then all of a sudden after a short while you find yourself pleasantly surprised with an image that you begin growing fonder of that you originally weren’t all that excited to process. This is another image from last week’s quick backpacking trip up to Delta Lake.
Delta Lake is rather unique lake in the Teton Range of Grand Teton National Park.
A panorama of a rainbow stretching out over the Gros Ventre Mountains left from passing thunderstorms.
Sometimes some scenes are just too large to fit into one frame of the camera. We see an amazing spectacle of nature’s display and immediately think ‘panorama.’ Upon bringing it back into the computer however, it doesn’t always look quite as nice as we thought it would. The issue with panoramas often times is that some photographers simply don’t want to crop down to what will actually make a better composition. I know if I’ve taken the time to manually stitch together a bunch of photos, the last thing I want to do is cut some of that work out. Doing so, however, will many times yield much more aesthetically pleasing results, such as in this example.
A rainbow stretches out from Antelope Flats after a storm passes through Grand Teton National Park.
Yesterday was truly an interesting day for me. Much of the morning was spent preparing and buying supplies for a backpacking trip up to Delta Lake. The weather, however, was not very cooperative and I didn’t get on the trail until about 4:00pm when it looked to be clearing up, still plenty of time to get there and have dinner before dark. A couple of miles in and thunder was back, roaring in the distance. Hearing it in the south, I was hoping it would stay down there and simply pass through, not realizing yet that storms in the summer move northeast through Jackson Hole. I kept on moving and by the time I was about 100 yards into the Delta Lake trail cutoff, lightning began striking frighteningly close.
A panorama of the Teton Peaks glow in the first light of day in Grand Teton National Park.
One thing I’ve learned in the constant shooting with two different lenses, one being a 17-40mm and the other a 70-300mm, is not to let a shot get by. It can be easy to make up excuses, especially when you specifically have a wide angle on. However it would be much better to risk a little dirt that can always be cleaned off rather than missing a shot, such as this one.
In this example, I was out at sunrise near the summer solstice, which meant that I was up extra early specifically getting wildflowers on the floor of Jackson Hole. I was in Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park shooting all the balsamroot wildflowers with my wide angle as the sun came up.
Mule’s Ear Wildflowers bloom on a mountainside in the Gros Ventre Wilderness
Last week I headed back into the Gros Ventre Wilderness for the first time. My destination was Blue Miner Lake, a small glacial lake just below the summit of Sheep Mountain, aka the Sleeping Indian. Just about every visitor to the area sees this mountain from Highway 89 as they’re driving north toward Yellowstone (if they’re not completely absorbed by the Tetons). Many locals and a few returning visitors, however will venture back into some of the relatively untraveled trails in the Gros Ventre Mountains.
The Blue Miner Lake trail is one such trail that brings you deep into the Gros Ventre Wilderness, a 285-000 acre protected area, and offers incredible views that easily compete with anything you’ll find in the Tetons. Following the ridge just a couple of miles farther will bring you to the summit of the Sleeping Indian where you can camp and watch an unparalleled sunrise and sunset, something I intend on doing within the next few weeks.
Sunrise lights up the top of the Teton Mountains towering over Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
In checking the weather the other day, yesterday looked like it would produce an amazing sunrise. In driving out to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park before sunrise however, it was apparent it wouldn’t be much of anything too unique and alpenglow was definitely out of the question as a storm system blanketed the eastern sky. Eventually though, the sun did crest the clouds casting some very beautiful light over the peaks of the Teton Mountains to the west of Jenny Lake. There were even a few other photographers out as well finding ideal spots between the trees.
From Wilson, it takes roughly 45 minutes to get out to Jenny Lake, so in seeing the sky to the west I had 45 minutes to decide whether I wanted to even bother with what looked like it was going to be a washed out sunrise.