Trips: Grand Teton Fall 2020

A collection of photographs from Grand Teton National Park and Grizzly 399 and her quad cubs.

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The turquoise waters of this alpine lake lay only partly hidden below a thin layer of ice.

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A colorful mix of aspen show off their autumn foliage along Pacific Creed Road.

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A hillside of aspen turn from yellow to gold overnight. In another two days, these leaves will fall and the landscape will turn mostly brown, ready to feel the embrace of winter's snows.

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A brilliant sunrise highlights the peaks of the Grand Teton, just above this still frozen alpine lake. These are those moments that come along a few times a year, if you are lucky. When everything comes together and your soul is opened.

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Elk are skittish by nature and generally quickly flee to the security of the brush and nearby woodlands except when the sun is well past the horizon.

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Pines, willows and aspen create an autumn montage near Pacific Creek.

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Grizzly 610 looks down the hillside and into Pacific Creek as her two cubs, now more than two years old, forage on autumn roots.

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A grove of aspens show off their early yellow foliage against a morning sky.

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Coated in ice, a high alpine lake reflects the glow or morning's first light, below the peak of the Grand.

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Shortly after sunrise, the highest peak of the Teton Range, the Grand, stands almost 14,000 feet high, or 3000 feet above this frozen alpine lake.

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The first snow of mid autumn still clings to the upper reaches of the Grand Teton peak, catching the first warming light of a new dawn.

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It takes a long and steep climb to reach the upper realms of the Grand, the highest peak in the Teton range. But a sunrise like this make you forget the hard work, and almost forget the cold that froze this lake overnight.

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The peak of the Grand stretches to the heavens above.

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The splendor of this hidden alpine lake, that cannot be reach by any maintained trail, is a stunning reminder of the truth that preservation of these national parks is the greatest gift we can give the next generation.

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Sunrise Reflectons

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Grizzly bear 610 listens intently for a rodent moving below a field of dried grasses.

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Grizzly 610 stands to get a better look at her trailing two cubs.

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An early snow has coated the Teton Range above the still colorful ridges below.

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A bull moose strides across a ridge with the Teton Range rising behind.

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Grizzly 399 watches over her four growing cubs.

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A colorful grove of aspens and pine mix near Two Ocean lake.

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There is a timeless quality to aspen groves, especially when viewed without the glitter and distraction of autumn's glow.

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A few final fading leaves of fall cling in this grove of aspens.

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Shadows and light on Oxbow Bend, with Mount Moran looming above.

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A panoramic sweep at this alpine lake at sunrise.

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Last night's cold has frozen this alpine lake for the first time this fall. Soon it will freeze and stay frozen until next April or May.

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Grizzly 399 leads her quad cubs across a fall meadow with the Teton Mountain Range rising behind. For more than two decades 399 has symbolized the great west.

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Below the smoke from California's wildfires and advancing clouds of a late autumn storm, Grizzly bear 399 leads her quad cubs.

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Grizzly 399 leads her quad cubs from the nearby forest into the open meadows across Pilgrim Creek.

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Grizzly 399 and her four cubs cross Pilgrim road.

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Grizzly 399 and her four cubs cross Pilgrim road. Over the summer months 399 has led her cubs in a never ending search for food.

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Against an autumn backdrop, grizzly 399 leads her parade, with four rapidly growing cubs dutifully in line.

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The shores of Phelps Lake have turned a vibrant red this late September afternoon.

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A Canadian goose swims alone in the shadows of Oxbow Bend. Fall's peak has come and gone and in a few days, most of the remaining leaves of aspen will have fallen.

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Enroute to Cascade canyon, the trail swings by the colorful berry bushes along the always scenic Jenny Lake.

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A grove of aspen along Moose Wilson Road towers above.