I've been itching to get back to the Wyoming-side of the Tetons for some time. Today was the day, and what a day it was! The afternoon light poured across the valley as we visited a few of my favorite locations. Instead of beginning southeast of the park, coming from Jackson Hole, we chose to drive the northern route from Idaho to Wyoming on the Ashton-Flagg Ranch road then head south to Oxbow Bend. From there we drove the scenic byway towards Jenny Lake and the park headquarters. We then finished our evening at Mormon Row and Schwabacher's Landing. Wildlife was scarce, likely due to the time of day we visited (mid-afternoon), however, Pronghorn antelope made quite the debut at Mormon Row including a young shy fawn!
Wildflowers are still abundant across the park, though the full bloom has passed. The forest has grown thick, nearly covering the northern dirt passage along certain narrow stretches. The weather was perfect! A warm breeze carried the scent of pines and pollen through the air. Gratefully the rivers and lakes weren't depleted like this time last year, giving me hope for this year's potentially brutal fire season sure to come.
We found tangible peace on the shores of Jenny Lake as we listened to the waves wash ashore and gazed upon the staggered towering peaks. The harsh light of the afternoon sun made for difficult photography, hence the lack of abundant pictures this time around. Though I lack the quantity, I really think we nailed the quality of photo!
If you haven't been to the Tetons, you need to make the trip, if even just once! Plan on at least 2-3 days, and go to these spots in the morning and evenings. Mornings are best for photos, while evenings are prime for animal spotting! I have visited this park every month of the year now, each month offers incredibly unique experiences. Let me know as you plan your trip what you want to see, and I'll direct you as best I can!
Enjoy a few shots from today!