Today it was absolutely beautiful and cold too – about -2 degrees. This morning we counted in excess of 25 moose all around the valley. We saw cows and with their calves, big brutes with full racks on their heads and some younger males trying to keep up with their elders. This was one of the best mornings for spotting moose in weeks.
The sun was just rising on the ski resort so we took a shot of the slopes from across the valley floor. This morning there was an inversion in the valley and you can see it in a few of these shots. Again I wish I had a better camera with a much better lens selection. I need to get real close to these animals to get even these shots. A new camera is on my wish list for sure.
Peyton and I are constantly amazed at all we see each morning we take a drive. We see things that we do not take pictures simply because they are out of the range of our lenses. But today was saw Bald Eagles, beautiful vistas, many animals at a distance and more. If you come and visit you must take in some of this for your selves. Truly blessed!
As I woke up this morning and looked out the window all I could see was stars! Then I realized that today was the first day of winter. As I laid in bed contemplating where I wanted to go this morning I realized that with clear skies I would have a nice shot of the Teton Range as the sun came up. If you have never witnessed the early morning dawn in the Teton Range you are in for a treat. These pics do not do justice to the beautiful scene that unfolds right in front of you.
I headed out early before light and got my much-needed companion, my coffee. And once again headed north out-of-town, only this morning I was alone. The elk hunt is still going on for a few more days so I chose a safe spot to watch the magic unfold. Incredible! I never get tired of seeing this. As the dawn arrives you can start to make out the features of the Teton Range. Then as the sun makes its way over the horizon it bathes the range with its warm glow. Truly a beautiful morning!
I have also added a few shots from yesterday morning. This past week has been a real treat for professional photographers (which I am not – obviously) but there has been almost 20 moose to choose from, males fighting, and 6 grizzly bears to view. Two sows with their cubs. Yesterday I finally got close enough to one to take the shot above – I wish I had a bigger lens but this is what I got. She was digging around in the sage brush all the while keeping an eye on those who were watching her.
I have never seen grizzly bears this close to town before but this fall and now winter they are seen on almost a daily basis. Griz in the wild is awesome to see. In yesterday’s paper there was an interview with Tom Mengelsen who is one of Jackson’s premier wildlife photographers, where he sat and watched the two mother sows fight over a fallen buffalo while the cubs sat an waited for a victor. These two sows were mother and daughter and mother apparently won. National Geographic kind of stuff. Come visit Jackson this winter and see some of what we share.
As we move ever closer to the start of the winter of 2011 we are blessed with a variety of beautiful days here in the Rockies. On this morning we were blessed with clear blue Wyoming skies and almost no one on the roads north of town.
Our plan was as it is most mornings, grab a cup of coffee and just drive. On this morning we decided to visit a different coffee shop that sits on the West Bank of the Snake River in the business center at the Pines . Elevated Grounds is a very cool eclectic place to visit. The coffee is good and HOT! If you are visiting or living in Jackson try a cup from Elevated Grounds.
As we left our daughter at school and turned onto the Village Road (heads to ski resort) we passed a mother and her two calves helping themselves to some tall grass right on the road. We turned around as went back to take this quick shot of the young family. As the temperatures drop the moose move to any place they can find food to fatten up.
This time of year the Moose Wilson Road closes just north of the resort so the only way to the north part of the town is that you have to travel back through Jackson and back north alone the East Bank of the Snake. It was absolutely gorgeous this morning and as we turned onto the road that takes you to Kelly, Wyoming I took these next two pictures. This area is a favorite spot for us to view antelope, bison, deer, moose, coyotes and birds of prey.
I usually don’t find any compelling reason to take pictures of the Tetons from here but on this day the Grand seemed to be barking at me. So I stopped and took a couple a pics. I think the contrast between the browning grass and the fresh powdering of snow on the Grand against the blue sky is what grabbed me. These smaller pics do not even grab the brilliant colors that existed this morning nor do they show how really blue the sky was but they should give you a feeling of the beautiful solitude that exists just north of Jackson Hole. Morning coffee in Jackson Hole can be a really fun adventure you can take when you visit. Almost any day and any time of year you will find something you will want to snap a picture of. Enjoy…
Here I go again! Another morning coffee story. The past couple of days have been leaving us with the feeling that our beautiful fall days had come and gone. Last week we had snow in town, the first snow of the season, then rain, then wind, then more rain, you get the picture. This morning when I woke up and peaked out my window it was really hard to tell how the day was going to be. It gets dark early and light late these days.
So I climbed into my jeep and headed for the gym. Still dark out but I could see stars so I was feeling good about the prospects of another beautiful fall day. As night turned to day my expectations were confirmed. I rushed home from the gym as I do every morning to pick up Peyton and Brynn and we headed out to drop Brynn off at school.
By the time we left her school it was clear that this was a morning we needed to get our coffee and find a place of solitude and enjoy the many wonders this valley offers. So off to our favorite coffee shop, grabbed a bagel, a latte and a large coffee and we headed north of town. There is a favorite spot of mine where we can park right in front of the Grand Tetons and this time of year you have this spot all to yourself.
For the next hour or so we sat in front of the Grand Tetons and this was our view this morning. The sky was blue and clear. The smoke from the summer fires were gone and it was crystal clear in every direction. It had rained and snowed the day and night before this morning. The clouds were all nestled against the mountains as if they did not want to leave. Kind of magical in a way. As you can tell from the last picture here there are still a few trees that are not wanting to give up their leaves but sadly in another week or so they will all be gone. But what a morning and what a great way to enjoy a cup of coffee!
It is that time a year again when those of us who live in Jackson Hole have mixed emotions. Summer has come and gone and the fall weather is upon us. The beautiful colors that we all look forward to have changed and are quickly disappearing. But if you keep a sharp look out you will see things here that can stir a man’s (or woman’s) heart.
On this morning after we dropped off our daughter at school we headed once again for the coffee shop and on the way we passed a typical fall morning where we passed some of the local cowboys moving their cattle from one pasture to another. What better way than to just run the heard right down the highway. It is kind of nice to have to stop on the road side as part of the American West passes you by. Unfortunately for some of these cattle they are heading to the pasture to fatten them up before they hit your plate. But for those in the city – this is a real as it gets.
After passing our bovine friends we headed again north of town for one of our morning coffee drives. One of the incredible things about living up here is you never know what is going to jump out at you and speak to your heart. As we headed north of town we turned into Moose Junction and made our way to one of our favorite morning drives, the Moose Wilson road. Like I said you never know what to expect and as we made our way to the turn off – BAM! We pass this spot all the time but for some reason I felt the need to stop and take this picture. All alone on the road, just after a brief morning sprinkle, and the leaves starting to fall we stopped and gazed at one of God’s most spectacular works, the Grand Tetons. Truthfully there are no bad views and all are worthy of taking a picture or two. This picture does not do a good job of conveying how absolutely beautiful this morning was. We are blessed to be able to see this on any given morning and we never tire of the views.
As we got back in the car we headed down the road a bit and we came to this place only to see the clouds break open and heaven shined upon the Grand as you see it here. The weather has certainly changed in the past few days and it is clear what Mother Nature has in mind for us in the coming months. But for a few more weeks we will have days like this where we only need a light jacket to help ward of the chill, a hot cup of coffee to keep our insides warm. And, more important to share a moment with our creator that has blessed this valley with some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Every day we see a new painting on the canvas set before us. It is our hope that by sharing some of our mornings with you it will inspire you to come visit Jackson Hole Wyoming and come see for yourself what a simple morning drive with a cup of coffee in hand can do for you well-being. Enjoy!
Just about every morning I start my day by going to my local gym. After I get finished with my morning workout I almost always make my way to my favorite coffee shop for a cup of morning joe. Now most mornings after getting my needed cup I head back home to read the paper and check my email. But about 3 days a week I get in my jeep and head north of town to see if I can find some of my favorite neighbors.
We are blessed here in Jackson Hole to have a fairly large number of wild buffalo (Tatanka) available to us. Just drive north of town and you might be surprised at who you might run into. On this morning I drove north of town and finished my coffee with one of these very beautiful creatures. Although there were many buffalo to visit with I especially like this guy. He was a large male that probably out weighed my jeep. I am alway cautious when I am around these awesome animals but on this day we kind of hung out together and when he had enough of me he just mosied on by and headed to the rest of the herd immediately to the west. Pretty Cool!