Trips: Tetons Fall 2017

It was a spectacular late fall 2017 in the Tetons. Vibrant, snow-covered aspens; exquisite lakes reflecting sunrise on snow capped mountains; large, hungry bears hunting relentlessly for food, amorous moose, and a sense that for a few brief days, yesterday's loss could give way to new meanings.

The snow may still be melting on the road but it has begun to accumulate on the cottonwoods and fence rails, on the roadsides...

The snow may still be melting on the road but it has begun to accumulate on the cottonwoods and fence rails, on the roadsides and tree branches. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The aspen below Signal Mountain have reached peak just a winter's first snows have arrived.  In two more days, most of these...

The aspen below Signal Mountain have reached peak just a winter's first snows have arrived. In two more days, most of these leaves will fall and winter will have full control. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Autumn cottonwoods hold on to their leaves as the first snow arrives.

Autumn cottonwoods hold on to their leaves as the first snow arrives. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Even without the Tetons as a backdrop, the scene at the Schabachers Landing is hauntingly and serenely beautiful.

Even without the Tetons as a backdrop, the scene at the Schabachers Landing is hauntingly and serenely beautiful. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The Tetons can be at their most spectacular as winter greets autumn.  The meeting is brief as fall quickly gives way to  6 months...

The Tetons can be at their most spectacular as winter greets autumn. The meeting is brief as fall quickly gives way to 6 months or more of winter. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Snowy Embrace

Snowy Embrace. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Winter's arrival at the beaver pond at Schwabacher Landing.

Winter's arrival at the beaver pond at Schwabacher Landing. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The first snow begins to fall as September give way to October, and the aspen gold gives way to a long winter of snow and cold...

The first snow begins to fall as September give way to October, and the aspen gold gives way to a long winter of snow and cold. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The first snow of winter arrived overniight and has coated the trees below the Grand Teton mountain range.  The storm has passed...

The first snow of winter arrived overniight and has coated the trees below the Grand Teton mountain range. The storm has passed quickly and sunrise brings the first rays of light to the peaks above String Lake. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Mount Moran reflects in fresh snow and the pink of early morning above String Lake.

Mount Moran reflects in fresh snow and the pink of early morning above String Lake. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Magical Sunrise on String Lake

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

String Lake Splendor

String Lake Splendor. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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There is a romantic dreamy appeal to the autumn landscape.

There is a romantic dreamy appeal to the autumn landscape. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Over the years, beavers have built a series of dams along the braided channels that paralell the Snake River.  Here,  autumn...

Over the years, beavers have built a series of dams along the braided channels that paralell the Snake River. Here, autumn cottonwoods await the first light of day across the still waters of a beaver lake. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Surrounded by thousands of glowing aspen, it is easy to imagine you have fallen into some dreamy landscape.

Surrounded by thousands of glowing aspen, it is easy to imagine you have fallen into some dreamy landscape. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Autumn Day at Willow Flats

Autumn Day at Willow Flats. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A very large male grizzly bear boar smells the autumn winds for any sign of other bears.

A very large male grizzly bear boar smells the autumn winds for any sign of other bears. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

High noon at Oxbow Bend 2017

High noon at Oxbow Bend 2017. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A large grizzly boar emerges from a nearby thicket.

A large grizzly boar emerges from a nearby thicket. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Nicknamed Bruno, a large grizzly boar poses before striding into the willow thicket.

Nicknamed Bruno, a large grizzly boar poses before striding into the willow thicket. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Grizzly bear Bruno is an imposing and impressive bear who has sired many of the young bears now found in the Teton valley.

Grizzly bear Bruno is an imposing and impressive bear who has sired many of the young bears now found in the Teton valley. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Snow begins to fall across the waters at Oxbow Bend as Signal Mountain rises in the distance.

Snow begins to fall across the waters at Oxbow Bend as Signal Mountain rises in the distance. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A colorful palette of red willows and yellow aspen greet the morning sky in Grand Teton National Park.

A colorful palette of red willows and yellow aspen greet the morning sky in Grand Teton National Park. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The first snow flakes of winter begin to fall in this grove of aspen.

The first snow flakes of winter begin to fall in this grove of aspen. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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Bruno is among the largest and most powerful grizzlies in the Teton and Yellowstone region.

Bruno is among the largest and most powerful grizzlies in the Teton and Yellowstone region. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

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