WNTS - Grand Teton National Park - Rendezvous 2011

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WNTS - Grand Teton National Park - Rendezvous 2011

Post by Don » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:22 am

Having travelled from Pocatello Idaho to Grand Teton National Park, we (now a party of 6) set up our tents at Colter Bay campground at Jackson Lake. Camp set up, and with Dale putting together another fine goumet meal, we migrated through the woods to the shoreline of Colter Bay and beheld the panorama below:
At the shores edge, note the yellow cloudiness...this was pollen that was being blown in clouds out of adjacent trees with gusting winds that preceded afternoon storms.
At the shores edge, note the yellow cloudiness...this was pollen that was being blown in clouds out of adjacent trees with gusting winds that preceded afternoon storms.
Focusing closer, we get a preview of tomorrow's destination...
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For some, these peaks are the destinations...
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For Monica, Bob and I, our destination lies to the left of this view, and well below the snowline...
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Some of the views along the way follow...
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It was here that we began identifying Engleman Spruce that were approaching their maxima for this elevation.
Among the many charismatic megafauna we saw while hiking the Tetons, this yellow-bellied marmot provided the best photo opps...
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On the way down, with an afternoon storm rushing us out, we chatted briefly with adventure junkies who'd climbed up the couloir of the Grand Teton (very technical) with Randonee skiis, and telemarked down. The following images are successively zoomed in that couloir, but not quite enough to detect their graceful S-ing tracks documenting their several minutes of glory (earned with hours of hiking, climbing)...
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Don Bertolette - President/Moderator, WNTS BBS
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Re: WNTS - Grand Teton National Park - Rendezvous 2011

Post by dbhguru » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:03 am

Don,

Great images! Sony trumps Nikon, or possibly Don trumps Bob as a photographer. The mountains are the story.

Bob
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