2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Panorama from Glacier View Turnout

Clouds and peaks tinged in pink as the sun rises

Wildflowers on the slope at the turnout

Sun beginning to light the peaks of the Tetons

The Grand Teton towers over the Snake River valley

Recreation of Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and The Snake River" - His...

Pink on pink

The Grand Teton and the lupines

More wildflowers and mountains

Tetons and trees

Teton Panorama

John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row

One of the Mormon Irrigation Ditches


I finally got out of bed early and drove into Grand Teton National Park on Monday. To me Grand Teton NP is about photography more than sight seeing. My first stop of the morning was the Glacier View Turnout along US191/89 the runs north to south through the park. I was able to get some sunrise shots of the Teton Range and wildflowers along the slop of the hill at the turnout. As the sun rose I moved further up the road to the Snake River Overlook. The view of the Grand Tetons at this location was captured by Ansel Adams in 1942 in his famous photograph "The Tetons and the Snake River". This photograph was one of the 115 images recorded on the Voyager Golden Record aboard the Voyager spacecraft to convey information about humans, plants and animals, and geological features of the Earth to a possible alien civilization. This image was part of the Department of the Interior's Mural Project. Adams was commissioned to take photographs in the National Parks that would be used for murals to decorate a new Department of the Interior building in Washington, DC. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I recreated his image in my capture of the Tetons and the Snake River from this overlook. The trees have grown so much in the last 75 years that they obstruct the lower part of the "S" of the Snake River in my image. It was relatively easy for me to capture the image and process it on a computer. I can only imagine what it was like for Adams to capture the imager on film in 1942 when this area was much more difficult to access and then develop the film and make prints with an enlarger and chemical baths. Having done some of that a long time ago I can appreciate the art involved.

I was also able to capture some images from along Mormon Row in the early morning light. The John Moulton Barn is one of the most photographed structures in the country. Mormon Row is a complex of homesteads in an area called Antelope Flats and is comprised of six building clusters and a separate ruin and include such features as drainage systems, barns, fields and corrals. Mormons began settling in the area around 1890 and the remaining building are representative of those built between 1908 and 1955.

I'm still processing images of the last couple of day and will probably post more as I get them done in later posts. Stay tuned.

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