Trips: Teton Fall 2013

I finally made it to the Tetons for its peak fall colors. But a few days of early snow and strong winds made the shooting a real challenge. Fall foliage was battered in many places of the park but there were a few exceptions, including especially Oxbow Bend. On October 1, the day the government shut down, the winds stopped and the clouds parted for about an hour just before sunrise, revealing the Mount Moran and the Teton Range covered in fresh snow as the aspens peaked. It was a perfect morning - until the government forced everyone out of the Park.

A Place for Moose to Feed

A Place for Moose to Feed. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Willow Textures

Willow Textures. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A bison leads her half year old calf across the brown meadow.

A bison leads her half year old calf across the brown meadow. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Snow Dust

Snow Dust. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Moose Sighting

Moose Sighting. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Billowing clouds tumble over the Teton mountains.

Billowing clouds tumble over the Teton mountains. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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 #7. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Blacktail Overlook

Blacktail Overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Blacktail Pond offers a wonderful overlook of meandering streams, golden willows and cottonwoods and oftentimes moose.

Blacktail Pond offers a wonderful overlook of meandering streams, golden willows and cottonwoods and oftentimes moose. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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 #10. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Last night the government shut down requiring everyone to leave the Tetons and all parts, as snow coated the Teton mountains...

Last night the government shut down requiring everyone to leave the Tetons and all parts, as snow coated the Teton mountains above the peaking aspen at Oxbow Bend. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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#12. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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 #13. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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 #14. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Hundreds of photographers captured a few final images of God's perfection, fresh snow and aspen's finest at Oxbow Bend, before...

Hundreds of photographers captured a few final images of God's perfection, fresh snow and aspen's finest at Oxbow Bend, before being escorted out of the Park as a result of human failings to avert yet another government shutdown. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A panorama of Oxbow Bend at peak fall foliage following a surprise snow on the mountains.

A panorama of Oxbow Bend at peak fall foliage following a surprise snow on the mountains. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Russet willows, golden aspen, snow-covered Mt. Moran and a passing storm:  what a way to wake up!

Russet willows, golden aspen, snow-covered Mt. Moran and a passing storm: what a way to wake up! Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Fall colors have peaked just as a fresh snow has coated Mt. Moran.  The slow-moving waters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend have...

Fall colors have peaked just as a fresh snow has coated Mt. Moran. The slow-moving waters of the Snake River at Oxbow Bend have grown still. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

For days the Tetons were cloaked in heavy clouds as the aspen turned golden.  At last, the storms cleared one morning, but there...

For days the Tetons were cloaked in heavy clouds as the aspen turned golden. At last, the storms cleared one morning, but there was little time to photograph: the Government had shut down in the morning. Everyone was ordered out of OUR national Parks. Fortunately, they gave us a couple of hours and one of the great scenes in the world could be experienced in its stunning splendor with fresh snow and golden aspens. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.