Archive for September, 2010

27
Sep
10

Just because….

This post is just because I want to put these photos up. We were lucky to stay at the Jackson Lake Lodge. All you had behind the lodge were mountains, a lake, elk and moose. It was tremendous. These photos were taken at sunrise. The sun rose behind the lodge thereby lighting up the mountains.

The final photo is the view from our room.  As an aside there was no TV in our room. My teenage son was ok after he got past the initial shock!

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25
Sep
10

Structure

We took a guided wildlife expedition tour. As it turned out, it was just myself, my husband and my son. It was really great.  Our guide wanted us to see us moose which we did at the end when it was getting dark. All of a sudden there was huge male moose right before us. He was about 40-50 feet away. The guide immediately yelled “don’t run” which was my first instinct. My son asked if I got the picture. Not wanting to use a flash, I said no. Anyway it was pretty cool. But I digress.

While we were riding around our guide mentioned we were on Mormon Row. Since that is where the famous Moulton Barn is located, I asked if we could go there.  Although it was evening (best light is in the morning when the sun lights up the mountains), I still managed to take some photos.

25
Sep
10

Foreground

I took this at the Jenny Lake Overview in Grand Teton National Park. We were on our way to the ferry at Jenny Lake where we hiked to Hidden Falls. As long as I have a little encouragement I will keep posting images from our trip.

21
Sep
10

Debris

All along our float trip there was this type of debris. Some of it, which I guess I did not find interesting enough to photograph, was in the water. According to our guide, this stuff is left where it is. Something will be done if there are fallen trees in the river that are a hazard, ie. can’t be seen. My guess is they do it this way because 1) it is natural – this is the way things are- and 2) the cost of trying to get rid of this stuff would be prohibitive.  So here we have Snake River debris.

20
Sep
10

Massive

What I found fascinating about the Grand Tetons is the the plains go right up to the mountains. Everything is flat and then there are these massive mountains. Simply gorgeous! This was taken on our float trip on the Snake River. Lovely way to spend a morning.

14
Sep
10

Monochrome

We went to the Fountain Paint Pots and saw bubbling mudpots. A mud pot, according to the National Park Service is “Where hot water is limited and hydrogen sulfide gas is present (emitting the “rotten egg” smell common to thermal areas), sulfuric acid is generated. The acid dissolves the surrounding rock into fine particles of silica and clay that mix with what little water there is to form the seething and bubbling mudpots.” That is the technical explanation. They were pretty cool as they went about their plopping!

14
Sep
10

Solitary II

I took this when were at the Brink of the Upper Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (an awesome place). The foggy like background was from mist from the falls in the early morning. This bird was just sitting there minding his own business.