The full moon provided some good light at a couple of my favorite spots.
Moonlight on the Tetons
A few of the moose have been around but the campers are more numerous. I’ve never been in this area for Labor Day weekend and it is so totally different than after the holiday.
A moose cow has been around a bit but it’s easy to tell she’s not happy with all the activity. She’s very protective of her calf.
A few Bulls have been spotted but it means getting up and out very early. It can be pretty chilly, too. Some still have a lot of the velvet on their antlers. They rub the antlers on the bushes to remove it and sharpen the points. Sometimes the foliage gets caught in the antlers.
An hour or so later and they may well have laid down for a long period.
Catching them in the sunlight really shows up their good condition.
Night photography in the Tetons is so much fun! There are certain places that make great foreground for the Milky Way. The Moulton Barn on Mormon Row has been captured many times at sunrise and sunset but I prefer it at night.
The Milky Way over water is particularly special for me.
Lastly, a new location, a pullout at the side of Jackson Lake provided a view across the lake with the mountains on the right. The water wasn’t really still so there weren’t any interesting reflections but it was another opportunity to see the spectacular night sky in all its glory. Truly humbling.
I was even lucky enough to capture a meteor in a couple of the images. More fun!
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On my way to Yellowstone I stopped in the Tetons for only 4 nights. Got another great site at Gros Ventre CG. There is a lot of smoke around, sometimes you could be at the south end of the Tetons and couldn’t even see the north end of the range. Last year the fires were raging in both Yellowstone and GTNP, this year they are not in the parks but still affecting them.
The second night I was there it was wonderfully clear so I went out to see what I could photograph. First stop was one of the old Mormon barns. There were a couple of guys there already and they were using some LED flashlights to light the barn. Not the best light since it tends to be a very cold white but I warmed it up a bit in the processing.
The night was so clear I wanted to take advantage of it so I headed down to Schwabacher’s Landing unsure if the setting would work or not. Yes! Just the spot to capture the Milky Way over the calm waters.
Sunset over the Tetons
A colorful sunset over the Tetons is always a delight. After spending a long time at the riverside hoping to see some moose I gave up, threw the camera gear in the truck and headed out since it looked like there might be a good sunset. Turns out the gamble paid off!
I was up very early the next morning and caught the sunrise lighting up the Tetons and then happened on some bison that were still frosty from the cold night. While driving around or
being stopped I’ve also seen two foxes and two coyotes.
The night of the full moon it was very clear so I headed out to see what a couple of places
Full moon light on the barn on Mormon Row with the Tetons and Big Dipper
looked like in the moonlight. First stop was the iconic barn on Mormon Row with the Tetons behind it.
After that I went to another spot on a hunch. On a good day the
Full moon light at Schwabacher’s Landing with Tetons and Big Dipper
Tetons are reflected in the river and I thought if things came together right the moonlit Tetons would be reflected in the river. Sure enough, they were!
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