I have seen the Tetons from late May to late September, but never in “winter”. I decided to change that on my trip north. My thinking was, I might see some snow on the ground, and this early in the season, it would not be busy, so my chances of seeing bears would improve.
When I got here, the winter look was delightful.
The skies were pretty overcast, though. It wasn’t quite what I wanted. Still, critters were out and about. The elk herd was moving north, out of the elk refuge.
Bison were on the road near the Gros Ventre Campground.
And there it was – a male grizzly, on a hillside near Oxbow Bend.
I continued up to Jackson Lake, where we had been swimming last summer. Well, I wanted snow…
Soon thereafter, a bit of mixed blue sky showed up, and I made the most of it.
Inspired by friend Jan, I played a bit with the last shot above. My engineer’s mind wants to make every photo as accurate and realistic as I can, but Jan urged me to just experiment. So, I took that shot, and adjusted the levels for maximum intensity of white, darkening everything else.
I like it.
Next day, we had a bit of fresh snow,
and the sky turned blue. I know these are repetitive, but without an editor, I couldn’t decide what to cut.
So, the side trip with 4 extra days of driving was worthwhile. I am really glad I did it.
I know – it has been a while since I posted. I have been taking isolated pics here and there, but nothing that I felt belonged here.
Anyway, I am now on my way north from New Mexico. I stopped for a few days at Ken’s Lake near Moab, Utah. With the bike, I was able to get out of the campground. Just east of the campground is a waterfall that can be seen from my site. Riding as close as I could get, I set up my tripod.
The falls seem to just appear, but a bit of rough hiking, which I did years ago, revealed that they come from a drainage tunnel built to divert water to the lake. Sorry – no pics of that this year.
Further up the hill (about 800 vertical feet) is a 4WD trail. I went a short distance up it to a rock wall with petroglyphs.
Below the rock wall, is a nice little waterfall.
For being in the middle of the desert, this is a pretty interesting area.