Grand Tetons NP Spring Visit

May 13, 2014  •  1 Comment


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This May I again made the all-day drive to Grand Tetons National Park to photograph the snow-covered peaks and some wildlife, as well as more shots of the Milky Way. 

Dawn light on the Teton Range




Early the first morning, I set out along the main park road to shoot the dawn light on the Teton Range.







At this time of the year, the herds of elk, bison, and moose are migrating from their winter home on the National Elk Refuge to their summer ranges in Jackson Hole and the surrounding mountains.  This gave several opportunities to photograph these animals at close range.

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Since some of the side roads had been cleared of snow, I was able to reach the Moulton barn along Mormon Row.  This is reputed to be the most photographed barn in the world.  The mountains in the background may have something to do with that. Grand Tetons AM 140430-7812 5DGrand Tetons AM 140430-7812 5D

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I went out on three successive nights to shoot the Milky Way, which can be quite tiring due to sleep deprivation.  And even in early May, the nighttime temperatures can be pretty cold.  But the resulting photos were quite gratifying.


On my final evening, I stayed late into the twilight to capture the crescent moon setting over the Grand Teton peak.  This was a fitting end to this visit. Grand Tetons PM 140501-8089 5DGrand Tetons PM 140501-8089 5D

To see more photos from this trip, please visit the gallery at   As always, I would appreciate your comments and feedback.


Nice photos! I especially like the dawn shot of the Tetons. The blue in the foreground is amazing!
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