Sometimes you have to get where you are going, but that doesn't mean you can't still catch an interesting photo.
Big Horn Clines
@Big Horn Mountains. The Geo-nerd requested this one. I appreciate the study of mountains. We spend a good half hour here discussing clines while I tried to get the lighting just right while waiting for the sun to set.
Big Horn Falls
No clue if they are actually called the Big Horn Falls. Sometimes you do have to stop though...
@Shoshone National Forest. Every time I pass through these hills I feel obliged to stop and take a panorama. This isn't the first place I ever took a panorama, but it will be one of the first places I remember taking a panorama forever.
Dead Indian Pass
This pass commemorates Nez Pierce outsmarting US Armies by pulling off a diversion that saved their lives. It's name is not related to these maneuvers despite the Native Americans later succumbing to American Forces.
The first animals you see in Yellowstone are always buffalo.
Mineral pools that sustain bacteria with the help of hot spring water.
Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone. It rained the entire time we were at Mammoth Springs, but the Springs seemed to almost glow. The family pictured was huge and JD might have accidentally partaken in some selfie stick shots.
The glow of the Mammoth hot spring mineral deposits cannot be understated as this shot shows the pure white deposits against the gloomy backdrop.
JD and the baby are not impressed with the large group and their selfie stick pictures.
The Upper Falls
Pulling up to the Upper Falls at dusk on an overcast day is a bit disappointing. Perhaps the lack of a good sunset makes this picture incomplete but the glass half full view is that the lack of distracting sky lets you focus on the power of the falls.
In the end, these bacteria may be the only thing to survive.
Yellowstone is the perfect landscape for exploring. Mountains, woodlands, and prairies built on top of a giant volcano. Its one of the most diverse landscapes you'll ever visit.
The Firehole River
Fed by volcanic hot springs, the Firehole River is always running. On cool mornings the heat of the river fills the air with steam.
Coffee and Ravens
Probably the best way to watch Old Faithful blow. And with company.
Teton First Look
@Grand Teton National Park (Looking Across Jackson Lake near the dam). This stop immediately after crossing the Jackson Lake Dam bridge is a great first view of the Tetons and their spectacular climb out of the ground. The lack of foothills leading up to them is one of the standout characteristics of the range. Left of center is Mt Moran looking sharp at 12,605 feet.
Signal Mountain View
Hanging out on Signal Mountain with a deer in the weeds.
Stomach half full/empty
The steak turned out fantastic, the fries, not so much.
Balance and Light
Don't mind us
Despite appearances this group of animal watchers wasn't in my way. I was waiting for the sunset that never really came. They were polite and asked if they could stand and watch. I think there was a beaver party going on.
Next time I will try to remember a cook set. The muffins were still delicious.
JD mocks all the overly enthusiastic selfies of other tourist on top of a random boulder.
Hidden Falls is just one example of the many beautiful natural waterfalls in the Tetons. One of the most easily accessible it is just a short hike from the Jenny Lake landing dock, it attracts a lot of tourists. Unfortunately all the traffic makes you wish it was further away so you could spend some time exploring in peace.
Further Up the Falls
Crossing Jenny Lake to get to the trail head we rode in by boat. Hiking was great but seeing these kayakers makes me want to diversify my next time to the Tetons (or at least spend more time there to ride, paddle, and explore all over). We also met an outgoing young woman visiting with her parents who offered to take our pictures while we were still reasonably clean. Should've brought her along.
After climbing over 4000 ft in a day, we reached Paintbrush Divide. It was a hard day but it was the perfect gateway to the backcountry.
The glacial lakes and wildflowers are something you don't get to experience unless you work for it. We only stopped briefly to "enjoy" some chicken in a can, but it was a lunch I won't forget.
Through the Trees
Don't forget to look up every once in awhile. The view is always incredible.
The trail work throughout the Tetons was impressive. While the terrain was very rugged (too rugged for trucks), it would have been worse without thousands of hours of work to build trails through the backcountry.
Aforementioned trail crews hard at work. If you hiked trails in 2016 for the parks 100th anniversary, you hiked on hours/days/months of work done by these wild folks.
The sunset from right below the 3 Teton peaks. Directly under middle Teton is our tent looming in the shadows for perspective.
The Tetons from Hurricane Pass
Photo Op Stop
After 4 days/3 nights on the trail JD has heard me stop to take pictures 1000 times, but Keith and Michaela were happy to stop too.
Keith stopping to capture the hike out.
Down through Death
It is probably called Death Canyon for a reason, though the day before was considerably more brutal.