Fall Colors on Shadow Mountain

Fall colors cover the forest road on Shadow Mountain in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming as the Grand Teton looms in the background. (Mike Cavaroc, 2009)
A dirt road winds through aspen trees with fall leaves in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

I think this may be my favorite fall shot thus far this season. Earlier in the season I had driven up Shadow Mountain in Bridger-Teton National Forest for sunset and was stunned at the colors bursting off the leaves. I went back the other day, this time for sunrise and was thrilled to find that there was still plenty of color left along the entire road. The last shot I got was this one as I was driving through the last stretch of aspen trees and there in between them all was The Grand Teton shooting up over the tops of the trees. It was a perfect end to a fantastic morning!
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Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing

The first light of the day hits the Teton Mountains viewed from Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
Sunrise lights up the Teton Mountains from Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park.

Last week I headed out to Schwabacher Landing for the first time in Grand Teton National Park for sunrise. The cottonwood trees along the Snake River were all in full transition to fall colors which only helped to make the scene that much more scenic. It’s a quiet and peaceful place just off Highway 89, but set back and down a hill enough so that road noise is minimal.
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The Gros Ventre River With Early Fall Colors

The pastel colors of dusk settle in over the Gros Ventre River and the Sleeping Indian in the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson, Wyoming (Mike Cavaroc)
Cottonwood and willow trees begin showing fall colors along the Gros Ventre River, Wyoming.

The other night I was heading home from town and noticed the sky in the east lighting up to some amazing pink and purple colors. I kept driving, glancing back every now and then to see if a spot would jump out at me and as soon as I crossed the Gros Ventre River I impulsively slammed on my brakes and got out onto the bridge to capture this shot. It was only helped by the fact that the Sleeping Indian is resting in the background and the leaves on the cottonwood trees are just beginning their turn for fall colors.
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Fall Leaves in the San Francisco Peaks

Massive aspen trees shade and blanket the Inner Basin Trail with fall leaves in the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona (Mike Cavaroc)
Golden aspen trees line the Inner Basin Trail in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona.

With fall right around the corner here in Jackson Hole, I started digging out some of my fall leaves shots from Arizona. This was taken in the Inner Basin in the San Francisco Peaks just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona as all the aspen trees between the Inner Basin and Lockett Meadow were turning yellow. The Inner Basin Trail was one of my favorite places in the state not just for fall leaves but for the general scenery as well. Perhaps that’s how I found my way to Jackson Hole, since the whole area looks like the caldera of the San Francsico Peaks.
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