Day 10/21 – Part 3/3

Southern Reconnaissance

I depart to the south and drive to Grand Teton National Park. Halfway I encounter a nice green valley.

Beautiful green valley in Yellowstone National Park on the road to Grand Teton National Park

Beautiful green valley in Yellowstone National Park on the road to Grand Teton National Park

At the north entrance I rent a wooden cabin at the first possibility. I do not want to repeat the same kind of adventure yesterday to find a sleeping place. Time is a bit to valuable for that. I go directly into the park after that and soon the first photograph of the beautiful Teton Range follows.

Teton Range

A while further, a herd of Bison are fouraging on the Antelope Flats. I leave the road and walk into the grass for a couple of nice closeups. I have to be very careful, because Bison are very unpredictable. Slowly I approach them step by step until one of them starts te become a bit nervous. I remain completely motionless for a minute and it continous grazing. So this is the boundary, I better not cross it.

Bisons on the Antelope Flats

Bisons on the Antelope Flats

Bisons on the Antelope Flats

On my way to the north towards Jackson Lake I notice a juvenile deer along the road. Beautiful animal and barely shy.

Juvenile Deer

The sun is already quite low in the sky when I arrive at Jackson Lake. It’s peeking through a thick layer of clouds, which results in some special lighting. This photograph takes a lot of work to complete because it’s infested with ‘false colors’ in the water: very thin vividly colored lines. Apparently caused by some optical interaction between lens, sensor and atterns in the water. Most of it has been removed now while the remaining is acceptable to me.

Jackson Lake

The water itself makes a nice image as well.

Jackson Lake

Around sunset, I shoot a couple of panorama’s of the mountains from the Jackson Lake Lodge. From here you have a good view on the Teton Range. This one is 13.000 * 4.200 pixels.

Teton Range vanaf de Jackson Lake Lodge

A small part of the panorama for a better view.

Teton Range vanaf de Jackson Lake Lodge

Some color appears just after sunset. This is the largest panorama of the evening, a whopping 30.000*4.200 pixels, showing the complete Teton Range.

Teton Range vanaf de Jackson Lake Lodge

The colors become more reddish quickly…

Teton Range vanaf de Jackson Lake Lodge

…and become very bright on the right side for only a few minutes.

Teton Range vanaf de Jackson Lake Lodge

Then it’s over. I start talking with a couple of professional photographers overthere and one of them would like to see the photographs I have taken during the last weeks. He tells me he really likes them and he wants to know where I have taken them and how I did it. That is really nice to hear (-; Incidentally there is wireless internet here. Very handy to read and write some emails.

Finishing a Wonderful Day

I return to my cabin in the dark. Thinking about today I realise that running down that hill was not the smartest thing to do. I wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible, but a fast moving ‘prey’ could trigger the hunting reflex of a bear, something I thought about halfway down the hill. Suddenly my thoughts are disturbed roughly. I have to make an emergency stop, because a large bear is crossing the road right in front of me. I would not like to have that one on my engine cowling. Better to keep sharp lookout.

Back in the camp I have problems finding back the cabin because everything looks very different in the dark. Apart from that, there is barely some lighting overhere. Finally, after finding it, I can look back on an exciting day of travel photography.

I need to get back some discipline. I notice that I have been missing some sun rises and -sets these last days. I get up too late and stay active all day (harsh light). In the evening I have already depleted all my energy and skip the sunset. This has to be changed during the next days (-;

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, Canada Spring 2010, Day 10

Download the original gpx file here.

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