Trips: Moulton Barn Sunrise 2007

A long walk in -26 degrees through modest snow brought me to the Moulton Barns where I was able to witness a glorious sunrise strike the mountains peaks of the Grand Tetons and then descend down into the valley.

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Moulton Barn Sunrise I

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Moulton Barn Sunrise III

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2007 Teton Sunrise II

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Teton Sunrise Panorama, December 2007

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Everything is frigid - it is minus 26 degrees. The snow is brittle. The air is devoid of moisture. But the mountains are on fire.

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Moulton Barn Sunrise Panorama, 2007

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The morning sun has quickly made its way down the mountain, across the valley and, now, to the Moulton Barns.

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Across the frozen meadows and valley, the Grand Teton mountain range is ignited by the glow of a clear winter's dawn.

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This image hangs as a large panoramic in my office, above a classic grizzly sculpture by Ken Bunn, a reminder of a magical, albeit cold sunrise in Grand Teton National Park.

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In the summer, the Moulton Barn is often crowded at sunrise. But when the temperature is more than 20 below, and a one mile hike through the snow is required in the dark, you tend to find yourself alone as you witness sunrise on the Grand Teton range and beyond the Moulton Barn.

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The barn may be in shadow, but not for long. In another few minutes it too will be in sun, at least until another round of snow arrives on the afternoon winds.

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From the shadow of the barns, sunrise breaks and the Tetons glow in the light of a rare clear winter day.

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A great oak is silhouetted by the Gros Ventre against a winter sunet.

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The hike in the dark and bitter cold has brought me to the barn for sunrise. On my way out, in the light of day, I see the solitary tracks of a large wolf in the snow, cuttting across the meadow and to the nearby butte where the wolf dens by day.

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Moulton Barn basks in an illusory warm morning sun.

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A herd of elk head from the open meadow to a more protected area as another winter storm begin.

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Four elk run for shelter. Winters, even on the elk refuge, can be long and dangerous.

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I was slow to migrate from my trusty films to the the world of digital photography. This image has always stayed with me as one of my very first captures using a digital camera.