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…
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.
This morning a friend of mine, Robin Elledge and I went into Teton National Park to see if we could get some pictures of the Fall colors. Because of several fires in the area there was a strong haze in the valley making picture with the mountains in them not possible. So we decided to venture into the trees and take some pictures of just the trees. These are a few of the ones I took this morning.
These were taken at Oxbo Bend in the park. This is one of the most photographed places in Teton National Park because of a beautiful bend in the Snake River happens here with an incredible view of Mount Moran in the distance. Today was about trees. Spectacular morning. Enjoy.
Welcome to our first post to Jackson Hole Tim. This blog site is being dedicated to all the wonderful things that the State of Wyoming and Jackson Hole have to offer. If ever there was a place to put on your bucket list of things to see and places to visit – I think Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one that every person should be able to say they visited just once. There is truly few places on earth that offer such spectacular scenery, wildlife at every turn, awesome mountain vistas, wild river rides, real dude ranches and for some – modern conveniences.
Here in Wyoming we call this state the “Forever West” state. In Wyoming you can still find a place where solitude still exists, a place where you can come closer to God and all that he has to offer. You can see his magic in most everything you see. In Wyoming, true western hospitality is not just a punch line but a way of life. So please come back from time to time and see what new and exciting tales we will share with you. And, if you ever plan to visit our state come, plan to come through Jackson Hole, Wyoming and pay us a visit. I am sure it will be a memory you will have for a lifetime.