Except for our very first afternoon in the Tetons, our winter visit to Grand Teton National Park had remarkable weather. Actually, truth be told, I would have preferred a bit more clouds for the landscape images, but hey, I certainly wasn’t complaining. To me, there’s nothing like the sight of the almighty Tetons … so rugged and iconic, easily recognized and distinguished from other mountain ranges.We visited a favorite sunrise location, but we were several hours too late. Still, the beauty of the snow, river, trees, mountains, and bluebird sky, along with the fresh cold air, made my heart go pitter-patter.Speaking of my heart going pitter-patter, so it did also when we first sighted our friend, the red fox, as it sat down nicely right next to our vehicle and did its best to mesmerize us with its stare. There’s something so very cool about fox … their stare, their expression, their movement on the landscape.I guess all of its staring and our clicking away was boring him, as before long it gave a big yawn, showing off its pearly whites.After taking a break next to us for some time, it decided to venture off. We silently begged it to stay for its “unofficial photo shoot”, but it had places to go and things to see/do. Or so we thought….
As I was trying to find out where the fox ventured, to my surprise, I caught a glimpse… right in my side mirror. Sitting right behind us on the snowplowed road, it sat motionless, probably surveying its surroundings for someone else to grace with its presence.
Caution: Objects in the mirror might be closer than they appear. 🙂Sure enough, up the snow bank it jumped, back to where we found it.Gosh, I sure love them. They seem to personify the sly, intelligent nature that they have been known for. Seems like they’re always calculating its next move as well as moves by others (wildlife or humans) around it.Yes, it lives in a place where I can only dream of living. This winter playground for outdoor play and adventure, as well as being the home of so much beauty and wildlife, I don’t think that anyone could miss living in its grandeur.As if this beautiful location wasn’t enough, it was even better to have met up with such good friends as well to enjoy it with. Thanks to Jen, Amy, and Scott for sharing the magical Tetons with us. Needless to say, the day was filled with lots of laughs. 🙂Of course, the nighttime dining in the nearby town of Jackson is always much anticipated for Tom and I. I always take images for some strange reason of my food when I travel and this appetizer was a highlight … for those of you who LOVE brussel sprouts, these were AMAZING!!! The same could be said for the wine and local craft beer.Though we love to photograph the larger wildlife, that doesn’t mean that I would pass up on some of the birds. We came across some gorgeous mallards which were feeding on the aquatic vegetation nearby.Every so often, one would take off and of course, I had to take a chance at capturing the action. On this trip, I left my trusty Nikkon 300mm f/2.8 lens at home. In its place, I had just acquired the new Nikon 200-500mm lens, so I put it to the test.Though it focused in on the flying mallard much slower than my prime lens, I was quite pleased with its sharpness once it locked in. How incredibly beautiful the colors of the adult male mallard was.I loved how it flew low to the snowy landscape and I was able to capture its shadow as well.The trumpeter swans made an appearance as well. Love it when a duet passed nearby to where I was shooting from. You have to appreciate their beauty and grace.So we took one last drive by and glance at the iconic Oxbow Bend, as seen in the winter, before we ventured on our exit from the park. Took a few moments to absorb it all again. It will have to last me for several months … probably until the fall explosion of color.As we drove on our way back to Salt Lake City for our departure back to south Florida, I couldn’t help but see this amazing sunset image in the distance. Though I know that there are a few power lines present, and some would find that the wind-powered generators are ugly (though I personally do not), I still was taken by the beauty of the colors and clouds. It was a fitting sight and image for the finale of our amazing winter trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. Can’t wait to get back out there in the spring. 🙂Hope that everyone enjoyed a recount of our memories.
Up next: More sandhill cranes … parents and colts … so cute!
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