The Tetons – Classics of Autumn

We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. -C.S. Lewis

This week’s post is about my having looked for classic Teton scenes to photograph in the Fall. A few are known classics, while others are secret spots that I scouted out during the season that I thought might have a classic feel to them. Perhaps they’ll age like a fine wine.

The full moon illuminates the Autumn colors even in the night. From Schwabacher’s Landing.

First Light from a hill on National Forest Land above Pacific Creek

This is the arguably the most classic scene in the Tetons, the view from Oxbow Bend.

Fall colors adorn a valley along Pacific Creek in Grand Teton National Park

Mt Moran beneath an autumn sky. You have to hike a little ways to get to this jewell of a view. 

My friends laugh that I’m no wildlife photographer, but I can still spot them in their natural setting. They told me I could only find moose among willows. Nonsense I told them. Here, a couple of moose walk around the hills laden with sagebrush.

I was out photographing, looking for scenes that you might deem “classic,” when I ran across this place.

The Ends.


37 thoughts on “The Tetons – Classics of Autumn

  1. Your photos of the Grand Teton in its fall dress is lovely! We were not as lucky as it was poring down the two days we had there. So I am enjoying yours instead. We found moose in the willows by the way:)

  2. Wow, Russ! They are picture perfect – amazing place, magnificently caught. I’ve read books with The Tetons featured but had never seen them. Thank you for what I’m sure it’s going to be, an everlasting impression. 😊

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  4. These are all so utterly spectacular! I especially love the first photo and the second to last. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when it snows. Do you ski? I’ve always wanted to ski out that way. I sure love mountains!

    • I cross country ski a bit, downhill yes, but haven’t telemarked. Not a skill you readily acquire growing up down south. The first snows are starting to fall, but alas, I’ll be canoeing in the Everglades for the winter. But I should be around long enough to catch a couple more snows. And these mountains, along with Eastern Sierra, must be some of the finest mountains on the planet.

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