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June 2003

In June 2003 my wife and I traveled again to Jackson, Wyoming to visit our son, Derek, who is working there for the summer.  I had been doing some more reading about the area so was anxious to get back and try some other locations.  I only had a chance to get out for two sunrises and took a few more pictures during the day.  There are still plenty of places I'd like to visit and re-visit, so I expect we'll be going back.  This was the first trip with my Canon 10D.

Alligators Piggyback
Canon 10D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L @32mm, ISO 200

This image, as well as the two following, is taken at a large beaver pond near Schwabacher Landing on the Snake River.  It was a fairly cloudy morning.  I started out by myself, but by the time I finished there were three other photographers with me.  We despaired of getting any sunlight on the Tetons, but were blessed with some nice patterns as the sun made its way through the clouds.


Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon PE 45-90mm, Fuji Velvia 50

It was interesting to see how the light patterns on the mountains changed over time.

Anhinga Closeup
Canon 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @32mm, ISO 200

When the light finally reached the trees in front of me the greens just lit up beautifully.  I was a bit disappointed that the mountains didn't light up at the same time, but you can't always get everything you want.

Great Blue Heron
Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon PE 45-90mm, Fuji Velvia 50

This image and the next one were taken at Oxbow Bend on the Snake river.  The large peak is Mount Moran.  There were 20-30 other photographers at this location.  I moved away from them and down over a bank to the water's edge.  I thought I was out of their view, but promptly got yelled at when my head stuck up too far. With no clouds (the opposite problem from the previous day), I liked the images that were taken with just the alpinglow before the sun came up.  There was enough light to pick up some of the colors in the wildflowers in the foreground.

Great Blue Heron Waiting
Canon 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @70mm, ISO 100

This image is taken just a minute or two later.  Two pelicans landed and swam across in front of me.  They turned and headed away from me.  That added a bit extra to the image which again relies on the muted pre sunrise colors.

Great Egret
Canon 10D, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L @16mm, ISO 100

Many of the larger wild flowers looked like they had been damaged in the wind, or were just starting to dry up.  I liked the variety of flowers here with the Tetons in the background.

For all my images from this trip check my Image Catalog under Tetons Summer 03.