Harvest Moon

October 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Mormon Row

 

We just returned from a week in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. What a great trip. I tried to time it for peak fall color. The last week of September is usually a safe bet, as it was this year. The bright clear yellows of aspen trees looked great early in the week but, had turned to "dirty" yellow by week's end. Leaves were starting to fall. It was evident that NW Wyoming is suffering drought much like here in Kansas, resulting in diminished color in some areas.

 

I had a wonderful time observing and photographing wildlife. We saw elk, bison, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, black bear, bluebirds, ravens, magpies, and plenty of crazy tourists. 

 

The photo above is the Thomas Moulton barn on Mormon Row, located NE of Jackson in the Gros Ventre River valley. Thomas and brother John were part of a group of Mormon pioneers that settled and started farming this area in the 1890's. The Moulton barns are the most photographed barns in the country. I drove out before dawn to get to the barns in hopes of capturing the full Harvest Moon. The moon was quickly dropping behind the Tetons just before sunrise.

 

Many more photos to come. Just give me some time to get them organized, processed, and uploaded. Check my homepage www.thanerogersphotography.com in 3 weeks or so and I should have a Yellowstone/Tetons gallery for your viewing pleasure.


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