Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
"Spacious Skies"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Moulton Barn

In 1910 the land east of Blacktail Butte was homesteaded by Mormons. The Moulton Barn is a popular photographic subject for visitors as well as the meadows across from the barn.  The area became known as Mormon row and is located on Antelope Flats Road.

Approaching Storm Bridger-Teton National Forest

We drove down Antelope Flats Rd to Gros Ventre Road into the entrance of Bridger-Teton National Forest.  A Storm was approaching so plans to explore the area and drive to Shadow Mountain was postpone.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mount Moran Turnout

On a cloudless morning with a perfect blue sky, Mount Moran Turnout offered another panoramic view.

Meandering Snake River

In 1942 photographer Ansel Adams took a picture of Snake River standing on a car to give him better elevation and scope.  His pictures are world famous and were taken in black and white.  The photo above is my picture in black and white of the same landscape except there are trees and bushes now blocking the view of the river's curve. How technology and photography has changed since his time.  I am an amateur photographer but the advancement of the digital SLR camera and a computer with editing software gives me as good results.

Schwabacher's Landing and Beaver Ponds

At Schwabacher's Landing there were spring creeks, beaver ponds, and a hiking trail around the different ponds.  I was surprised at the number of beaver dams that backed up the water. It is located down a marked dirt road north of Moose Junction.

Oxbow Bend Turnout


Signal Mountain and Mt. Moran dominate the background of Oxbow Bend with a rich array of pine, spruce and aspen trees.  There were many ducks in the water at the far end of the lake. The water surface was very calm and reflected the clouds and trees.  Another nature painting in many colors in process.

Geologic Drama Teton Glacier Turnout


This turnout is located between the Moose Visitor Center and Jenny Lake.  It offers a close view of the rugged canyon between the Grand Teton and Mount Owen.  A herd of elk came out into the nearby meadow.

Jackson Lake Shades of Blue

The lake has splashes of blue watercolor shades from the sky, mountain peaks to the mirror reflections in the water.  The depth of the different blue values is dramatic and aesthetic to behold and alluring. This is when photography frustrates me because no camera can possibly capture the stunning panoramic scene.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Valley View at Signal Mountain Summit


More spectacular views of the valley from the Signal Mountain Summit.

Signal Mountain Summit

We drove up to the summit on a narrow road to unsurpassed panoramic views of the park.  The road continues to a dead-end parking area, and there is a short trail that leads up a flight of steps.  It is a spectacular spot for views across the valley and the Teton range. 

Jenny Lake Loop Grand Teton National Park


Jenny Lake Overlook Grand Teton National Park

In the east shore of Jenny Lake is a scenic turnout and view that is sixty feet above the lake.  There is also a hiking trail along side of the shoreline. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Teton Range Highway 89

The Teton Range is 40 miles long, 7-9 miles wide. The Highest peak is the Grand Teton, elevation 13,770 feet. There are Eight peaks over 12,000 ft in elevation. Bison among the wildflowers on Highway 89.

Windy Point Turnout Grand Teton National Park

 Windy Point Turnout is the southern angle view of the Grand Teton.

Albright View Point at Grand Teton National Park


The morning view at Albright View Point on Teton Park Road.  From left to right are Albright Peak at 10,552 ft, Static Peak 11,303 ft and Buck Mountain 11,938 ft.

Grand Teton and Teton Glaciers

Wildflower Showcase Teton Park Road at Grand Teton National Park

Various images of the vastness and magnitude of the meadows and the Teton range in the distances. 

Silver Lupines Early Summer at Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Wildflower Antelope Flats Road Grand Teton National Park


The scenic drives of Teton National Park includes meadows of wildflowers.  The photos are across the road from each other at Antelope Flats Road.

Morning Greetings Grand Teton National Park


This was the mountain greetings when we arrived in Jackson Wyoming for a four day vacation.

Georgian Country Flowers


Each year, I like to post pictures of Mary's flowers.  She is now 87 years old and still tries to nurture and care for flowers that were past down to her from her mother Eloise McArthur.  Some of these plants are over 100 years old.  I love the country charm of the old wooden fence and flowers growing out of concrete blocks.  The bottom picture will someday be a oil painting hanging on my bedroom wall.