The advantage of spending the summer in one area, is getting to watch the seasons changing. This year, I made a point of taking a picture of Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend, every few weeks while we were here in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. It’s interesting to see how the mountain changes. I took these photos with the same camera, and did not edit them. Our first view this year was on May 14, 2018. The mountains are still snow-covered and the Aspen trees are starting to bloom.
By June 6, the mountains still have snow, but everything has greened up nicely.
By the end of June, the snow has continued to melt, and the wildflowers are starting to bloom. The trees seemed to have turned a darker shade of green.
By the end of July, a small amount of snow remains on the peaks. The skillet glacier on Mount Moran is more in view. The locals refer to it as the Jimmy Hendrix guitar.
The fires from California started to bring a haze over the mountains in August. The view is not as “sharp” as July, as a result of the haze.
We had our first winter storm watch of the season on August 28, at altitudes above 9,000 feet. So the next day, we ventured into the park to see the tops of the mountains with a fresh coat of snow! The snow cleared out a lot of the haze, which brought the mountains back into focus.
On September 8, the leaves were starting to change in the park, but not yet in the Oxbow Bend area. The bushes on the right have started to turn, however. It was a late afternoon photo, with haze over the mountains, from a new fire 60 miles south of the park.
By September 19, the leaves on the Aspen trees were turning yellow, and the haze was not too visible.
Fall has arrived in the Tetons, and the park is bursting with visitors for the wildlife and colors. On September 25, the color in the bushes on the right has faded, but more trees are showing color, and with the cool nights, the mountains are clear.
On our last day of work, October 3, we made one last quick trip through the park. The final “green” trees, have turned yellow and orange. The leaves on the trees to the right, have mostly fallen off. The ducks and geese are migrating through on the way south.
Good-bye Wyoming! See you next year….
Quote for the Day: “You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” – John Muir