Why we love the Tetons
Four of our favorite Teton pictures
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My first impressions of the Tetons, when I was seven years old.
Grand Teton National Park which is located in Jackson Hole, in the northwestern corner of Wyoming, just below Yellowstone National park. The Tetons have got to be one of my all-time favorite spots in the world. I guess you might say that I have a full-blown love affair with the Tetons that has gone on for most of my life. The jagged, craggy peaks of the Tetons are, in my opinion, the most magnificent scenery in America.
I first went to the Tetons when I was seven years old. I grew up in Wyoming and when I was a little kid our family used to take at least one vacation in the Tetons every year. One of my most vivid childhood memories is pulling into the Jenny Lake campground, finding the world's best campsite, setting up our antique 100 pound canvas umbrella tent and listening to the sound of the stakes being pounded into the ground, ringing and echoing in the still pine scented air of the Tetons. Oddly enough, that sound is one of my strongest chidhood memories.
I remember the quietness of the Teton forest, the absolute crystalline clarity of the water in Jenny Lake, boat trips on Jenny Lake, hikes around String lake, fishing in Cottonwood Creek, Crandall's black and white photography studio, and most of all the towering, hulking, brooding, presence of the Tetons on the other side of Jenny Lake.
When I was maybe twelve or so, I promised myself that I would be back and that I would climb these mountains one day. And I did; I have returned to the Tetons almost every year since then and I did climb a number of the Tetons including the Grand when I was in my early twenties.
One of the things I most remember about my very early days in the Tetons is the old Crandall photograhy studio at Jenny Lake. As I write this, I look at the wall above my desk where two black and white photographs of Jenny Lake that my mother bought on her first trip to the Tetons in the early 1930's are hanging. I suspect these photographs still look exactly the way they did the day my mother bought them for $1.40 each, eighty-five years ago. The price tags are still on the back of the matts. I suspect that these pictures are one of the few surviving remnants of Crandall Studio.
Today, Crandall Photography is long gone. It first turned into the Jenny Lake ranger station and then into the general store. And Jenny Lake campground now has a waiting list several months long, but almost nothing else here on the shore of Jenny Lake has changed much.
The Tetons and the surrounding forests and rivers and lakes are the same as they were in my childhood: the waters of JennyLake are just as crystalline, the sky just as blue and the peaks as majestic as I remembered them as a small boy. In the many years since I first visited the Tetons as a young boy, few years have gone by that I haven't found some excuse or another to come back for yet one more visit.
If there is a single reason I'm a landscape photographer today, it is almost certainly because of these early experiences in the Tetons.....
This is part a longer article that has all kinds of information about the Tetons. You can read all of this longer article as well as look at a lot more pictures of the Tetons by clicking here.
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Golden Teton Dawn, Teton National Park, Wyoming
Moose and Berry Bush, Teton National Park
Teton Barn and Mauve Dawn, Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jenny Lake and Mt Teewinot, Teton National Park, Wyoming