I planned to shoot sunrise images at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park. However, upon arriving, I found the mountains were shrouded in clouds.
After waiting and hoping for clearing, I went in search of other opportunities. Finally, I came upon this stream that was framed by grasses and trees. After studying it for a few moments, I decided to try and make it work.
While setting up the tripod, I noticed some clearing on the bottom half of the mountain. The colors and the mystery of the clouds and fog shrouding the mountain show off the beauty and the wildness of one of my favorite places.
This image was taken during the last week in September, which is prime time for the fall Aspen colors and wildlife activity.Upload YOUR Picture • WIN $200 Cash
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Dimitri Vasileiou • Editor
I admire your patience for waiting a while for the clouds to clear. I think I would have done what you did, search for a scene where I wouldn’t have to include much of the sky, if at all. I’ve never visited the Tetons, nor any national park other than Yosemite (and that for only a few days) — and that was probably 35 years ago (pathetic, huh?). I could well imagine being in a place as beauty rich as the Tetons, and wondering if some scenes don’t pop out at you because you’ve seen other locations that would set the world on fire — and yet scenes that you might take a pass on would amaze those of us who haven’t visited the Grand Tetons? This is what I imagine could happen to locals who, although they have the tremendous benefit of visiting time and time again, might pass on anything other than the locations they most adore? That’s the advantage of having a fresh eye — it’s ALL amazing!
Thank you. I struggle with patience and have to work at slowing down. Even though I live on the east coast now, I am still able to get to Wyoming and Montana every year. I am very lucky in that sense. As I become more familiar with the Park and my artistry has evolved I have learned to look for different ways of expressing how I view the scenery and am learning to focus on the smaller scenes that enforce my changing views and appreciation. Like almost all visitors I was overwhelmed by the grand scenic vistas at first but now look for the smaller stories that build up to the grand vistas.