Grand Teton Spring

It had been a year since we had last photographed the Grand Tetons. Spring is a beautiful time there with the flowers in full bloom. Last year, the weather pattern had the clouds covering the mountains for almost the entire time we were there, preventing a vast majority of any photographic opportunities.

Ever hopeful of better conditions, we returned this year to these majestic mountains to try once again. As luck would have it, this time the morning skies (when the rising sun shines on the mountains) were almost completely without any clouds. A good photograph simply requires some clouds, hopefully with some sunrise color.

Accepting our situation, we worked around it the best we could, but opportunities were limited. With the clear skies, we went for the sunset photo of the sunburst just as the sun was setting behind the Tetons. The reflection of the sunburst in the water was an added bonus.

We had one morning when we knew a storm was coming through and had planned where we wanted to be when it did. It is a view of what is called Cascade Canyon and it resulted in one of the most dramatic images of the Tetons I have ever seen.
Just for fun, we headed south of Jackson to the Granite Creek area and were surprised by the huge fields of yellow Balsamroot flowers with some nice mountains in the background. Another mid-morning gave us some wispy clouds at the always beautiful Oxbow Bend. Minutes later they were gone and the sky was cloudless, once again.

We got up on our last day, a Saturday, greeted by cloudless skies once again. By-mid-morning, when we were headed to the airport, a beautiful set of wispy clouds formed over the Tetons. We blew past the airport turnoff and headed north to Glacier Point to capture the moment. I would have paid good money to have clouds like this in the early morning getting lit up by the rising sun. In a way, it was like Mother Nature gave us this small enticement to return again. We’ll have to see about that.

We’ll be heading to the red rock country of Utah in July with its 100+ temperatures and hope get lucky with some thunderstorms in addition to some nice sunrise and sunsets.

Wyoming, Tetons, Grand Tetons
Sunburst Reflection : Prints Available

Teton Storm : Prints Available

Wyoming, Granite Creek, flower, Balsamroot, Canyon
Yellow Delight : Prints Available

Wyoming, Tetons, Grand Tetons
Oxbow Reflections : Prints Available

The Variety In Oregon

Deserts, canyons, mountains, rainforests and more. Oregon has it all and spring is a fantastic time to photograph there. I returned to Oregon with my good friend, Keith Miller, who assumed the driving duties allowing me to spend the time in the car forecasting the weather, planning and re-planning our itinerary.

We got off to a great start at Trillium Lake with Mount Hood in the background at sunrise, which required a 3:30am alarm, but it was more than worth it. From there, we headed south the Bend, for sunrise at Sparks Lake and sunset at Smith Rock. It took three days, but we got just the weather we needed. Smith Rock has some of the coolest hiking trails in Oregon. While dodging rain, we explored the area and found Sahalie Falls, a wonderful surprise in the rainforest.

We ventured south of Oregon to check out Redwood National Park and were dutifully impressed by these massive trees. We returned to the Columbia River Gorge to explore some of the small streams, like Gorton Creek. Northeast of Portland is Moulton Park, with a charming scene of a wooden bridge with its reflection in the calm river.

We traveled over 2,800 miles in the 10 days we were there and barely scratched the surface of what is in Oregon to photograph. It was my third expedition to Oregon and already have a commitment to return in June of 2016.

Oregon, Bend, Sparks Lake, Sunrise
Morning Calm : Prints Available
Oregon, Smith Rock, Sunset, Crooked River
Surprise At Sunset : Prints Available
Oregon, River, Gorton, Creek, Columbia River Gorge
Three Brothers : Prints Available
The Mighty Redwood : Prints Available
The Green Portal : Prints Available