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.
Not sure what got into me today but I just decided to take some pictures of all the signs we have here in Wyoming. This gallery of pics is a small example of the signs we see everyday in our state. Call me crazy but I had a lot of fun this morning. I saw many animals but today it was the signs that grabbed me. Enjoy…
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…
As you may already know Peyton and I have been blogging for the past year or so and currently we maintain 3 blogs in our family. “Insurance Simplified” (insurancesimplified.wordpress.com), “3 Feathers Flutes” (www.3feathersflutes.com), and “Jackson Hole Tim” (www.jacksonholetim.com). This has been a journey for sure that has developed and grown each and every month.
Jackson Hole Tim has been a very enjoyable blog for us to create. Our goal has always been to share all the wonderful things that we enjoy here in the Jackson area as well as all things that have to do with Wyoming. As many as 3 million people can come through the parks area each year. People come to visit Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone Park. Then in the winter people come for the incredible skiing and snowmobiling. Many people don’t know that Togwotee Pass is one of the top 5 places in the world for snow mobiles. But how can just two people share everything there is to know about an area as unique as this.
We have always wanted to be able to grow Jackson Hole Tim to include other people who share the same passions for this area and be able to let them participate in all the things that go on up here even if they have only visited a time or two. We have been searching for a social network platform that would allow us to open this up to anyone who has an interest in Wyoming and more specific the Jackson Hole area and we think we have found it.
This week we pushed live our new social network site called “Jackson Hole Tim” and now you can join as a member for FREE and participate in sharing your experiences with others on the site. Create blogs posts, upload pictures, participate in forums, upload video, music, advertise – what ever. I think you will find many of your friends will eventually be members and so it really is a community that you can get involved with.
So please take a moment and visit http://jacksonholetim.ning.com and if you like what you see join our membership and share your stories about Jackson Hole, Teton National Park, Yellowstone Park and any Wyoming story that stirs fond memories. We will still be maintaining this blog page as well so if you just enjoy our posts nothing will change here.
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!
Not more than a week ago I posted some pictures that I took while up at Oxbow bend and then a few days later I post some pics from the Moose Wilson Road. I was trying to share some of what we experience here in Jackson during the Fall colors. The word on the street that we were hearing was that you needed to get your shots taken as the first storm of the season was moving in from the west.
Well the storm arrived yesterday in the form of a pretty solid rain. Kind of nice since we had not seen much rain this summer. But rain quickly turned to snow and for the past 24 hours it has been a mix of both rain and snow here in the valley. This morning we took another drive out to the Moose Wilson Road in Teton National Park with hopes if showing the contrast from earlier posts.
This morning was cool as there were 3 black bears roaming around, 1 sow and her two cubs. But the Park Rangers were closing the road and asking everyone to leave and let the bears feed alone. Then this afternoon we heard that a Grizzly Sow and her cub made a visit to this same area. Although this could be a rumor it would not surprise me with the snow fall. They get pushed down looking for food. You never know what you will see on one of your morning adventures. Enjoy!