Trips: Tetons Summer 2010

I spent a week hiking, rafting and horseback riding through the Tetons the third week of August 2010.  The weather was generally clear.  But on two dawns there was some early fog over the Snake River and brilliant, but brief, color in the moments before sunrise that alone made the trip worthwhile.  There was also a ferocious thunderstorm that swept across the valley floor one afternoon that could easily have passed for Twister.   More than anything - other than watch my kids jump from the 20 foot diving rock into Phelps Lake - I will remember the many large bull moose I came across on this trip, more so than on any of my prior trips to the Tetons.  Here are a few of the images I have identified from this trip.  More will be added here and to the Tetons gallery page.  Lastly, once again I drew inspiration from the magnificent gallery of David Brookover in Jackson Hole that I commend to anyone passing through that way.   I am looking forward to a return trip when fall's colors put on their show in late September.  

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The sun bathes the Teton range above a bank of fog rising above the meandering Snake River that wends its way below. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Dawn breaks over the slow moving waters below Schwabacher's Landing. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A nervous herd of elk pauses before clearing this old split rail fence as fall begins to arrive. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A briliant sunset silhouettes the Tetons and the sublette ski lift. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A late summer thunderstorm builds over the Tetons. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A large bull moose grazes in a sage meadow. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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After checking out my camera and tripod for a few minutes he gave a few good laughs and rejoined his friends. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Sunrise on String Lake. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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An intrepid way to cool off after a hike to Phelps Lake! Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A peaceful morning near Schwabacher's Landing. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Horses graze peacefully in this field even as a thunderstorm gathers over the Grand Tetons.  . Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Grand Teton frames one of the early farming homesteads built by Mormons during their migration west more than a century ago. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Fog rises above the Snake River on Oxbow Bend signaling the onset of cooler weather. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A violent thunderstorm moves off theTetons and across the valley. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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For fewer than 5 minutes a brilliant sky illuminates the pre-dawn along the Oxbow Bend. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Fog wafts just above the Snake River as late summer temperatures begin to drop into the 30s, signaling the impending change of seasons. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Sunrise touches the Grand Tetons above Schwabacher's Landing. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Early morning at the most photographed beaver pond in America. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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For a few minutes at dawn a warm light bathes Mt. Moran and the Snake River at Oxbow Bend. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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I risked missing my flight home to capture a few images of this iconic Teton scene.  This large bull moose was grazing on summer's wildflowers in the cool before sunrise before heading back toward the shade of nearby willows as the sun rose. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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A powerful summer thunderstorm prepares to strike the century old farming homestead on Mormon Row. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.