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04 August 2009 @ 08:58 pm
The Grand Teton National Park  
I have no words it seems. I have been thinking for the last several minutes on how best to start writing about the short trip to the Grand Teton National Park and I just can't begin. Grand, wonderful, amazing, awesome, fantastic, beautiful and everything else seems to fit very well. It probably isn't as popular as the national park just north - Yellowstone - but it is just as pretty and in a different way. It has been claimed that the Teton range is so beautiful that the southern state of Colorado once used photographs of this range for advertising tourism in their state! Yeah, the words Colorado and Rockies seem to go hand in hand, but the Rockies are so beautiful everywhere that the political boundaries are just lines on some map.

The northern end of the park seems to support a healthy population of the Grizzly bear and seeing one on the trip was top priority. The Colter Bay campsite had fliers with a photograph of a young grizzly that had been shot dead in the campsite because bad humans taught the bear how to steal food and he had become an aggressive raider. "Save a bear" the flier screamed with the dead bear's photograph doing some advertising to save his friends and family who still roam and live in these parts. It seems that most of the tourists driving thorough the national park are on their way to Yellowstone and only a few decide to explore the place. The crowds that Yellowstone is famous far seem to avoid Grand Teton - which is probably the reason why the place seems so much wilder. The dirt roads off of the highways are empty and there is wildlife to be seen. We didn't have any luck with the grizzlies though, but the trip to the Grand Teton was a beautiful one indeed because all the other animals and the scenic Rockies more than made up for missing out on the big brown bear.

The Teton range just before dawn at the Oxbow bend

A vole. I almost ran over this one, but it was saved and chased away from the suicide spot.

A Bison

A Black-tailed Deer

Another Black-tailed Deer

A Moose enjoying some time by a stream

A Pronghorn. Only the cheetah can run faster than this animal. It is strange then that the fastest herbivore and the fastest carnivore are on two vast continents separated by thousands of miles of land and sea.

An American White Pelican enjoys a swim

The Teton range at moonrise...

...and the first rays of Sun


purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on August 5th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
What is that bow like thing on the pelican's beak?

Stunning sunrises, sunsets, moonrises those!
depontideponti on August 5th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
The pelicans get that thingy in..you guessed it..the mating season. It means "ready for action", as my St.Louis Audubon Society friend told me!

Yathin....your photographs...sing.
Aparna: Birdsinspirethoughts on August 5th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh is that what it means. I wondered too!
Jayseakaredpirk on August 5th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
nice shots as always! i keep going back to that 2nd one of the black tailed deer..i really love that one!
Jessicajojobear99 on August 5th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
really beautiful!
iblog93: grey heronavocett on August 5th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Wow , a really beautiful place and your photos are simply amazing !
I love the pelican photo :) !
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on August 5th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Wow, you really captured the Tetons. I love the park. I actually like it just as well as Yellowstone.

Lots of history there, too.

I have spent quite a few weeks there back when we were RVing.

Seal: sweetsealwhiskers on August 5th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
amazing, what colors! And the moose is so cute!
Melkendokamel on August 5th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Those are truly stunning, Yathin!
Smithasmittenbyu on August 5th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
just beautiful! I like the first rays photo... seeing the rays and the flower up front... beautiful!
kejnkejn on August 5th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
the moose is just out of this world! what a face! :)

and you know, the only downside to traveling with you that i can think of is how demoralizing it is to compare ones own pictures to yours. really, dude. amazing! :)
Yathinyathin on August 5th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
> the moose is just out of this world! what a face!

a face good enough to be in a cavalry! :)

kejnkejn on August 5th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
nah, that wouldn't work at all. all the enemies would rush forward wanting to cuddle the moose to death! :)
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on August 5th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Grand, wonderful, amazing, awesome, fantastic, beautiful
Exactly my words for your post!

That was the first time I saw a Vole. (S)He is so cute!

Loved the purple flower at the corner of the "first rays of sun" picture.
ex_neke on August 8th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)