Grand Teton and Yellowstone Photography Trip Report of Fall Colors

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Although I have photographed in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks before, I had not been there in the Fall. I have been spending the fall season shooting in Utah and Colorado in the past, but it was time for a change.

We spent the first part of the trip in Yellowstone, and while there are not Aspens or other trees that turn color there in the Fall, there is so much else there.

The hot springs at the Geyser Basins, Grand Prismatic in particular, offer a wonderful opportunity to capture some great colors with the rising steam.

golden layers of color in Grand Prismatic Spring with sunset skies in Yellowstone National Park
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Lines of orange colors leading into the sunset in water in Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park
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The massive waterfall in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, never ceases to amaze me. It was suggested that the landscape around it formed the shape of a heart. I didn’t see it before, but I do now.

a dramatic view of the waterfall at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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I have previously passed on shooting Gibbon Falls, but it occurred to me that maybe a close-up of the lower part of the falls would work. The light was hitting the rocks in the upper right and it worked beautifully. Sometimes you just have to give some locations some extra thought.

A closeup of the colors in the rocks among the flowing water at Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone National Park
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After Yellowstone, it was on to the Grand Tetons. We were excited by the opportunity presented to us with an unexpected snowstorm covering the mountains. It is so rare to have an early season snowfall. While we waited for the skies to clear, we spent a few days tracking down some really nice fall color scenes.

Yellow and orange fall colors in the Aspen trees at Grand Teton National Park
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Aspen trees tilting outward like wings in yellow and orange colors in Grand Teton National Park
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Late day light on red leaves in the dark forest in Grand Teton National Park
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I even delayed my flight out to be able to be there when the weather improved and the mountains were visible. It was two incredible days. On the third day, as I headed to the airport, the snow moved back in and the mountains were gone, once again. I didn’t mind. I had been given photographic opportunities that were previously only in my wildest imagination.

A vertical view of a snow covered Mount Moran reflecting in the Snake River lined with Aspen trees in Fall color in Grand Teton National Park
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Dramatic storm clouds swirling around a mountain peak in Grand Teton National Park
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The mountains of the Grand Tetons in the background from the Snake River with fall color surrounding the river valley
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The northern barn on Mormon Row in front of the Grand Tetons with warm early morning light on the barn and grass field
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Yellow, orange and red fall colors on the banks of the Snake River in front of the mountains at Grand Teton National Park
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Pre-dawn soft light on the Grand Tetons at Oxbow Bend with the mountains reflecting in the Snake river lined with Fall colors
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Next up will be an exploratory trip to Utah to locations that I have not been to before, some quite remote. Of course, I’ll be searching for fall color.

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