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
Such Beauty. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Amanda. The Tetons are truly amazing to see.
Thanks so much for the great pics of the mountains they are awesome. We have bought the RV and we are meeting with the kids to get what they wait form the house and we are projecting being on the road by next year.
Woo-hoo! Congrats Jim on your purchase and new adventures in the future! I think you will be surprised at how “freeing” it is to get rid of your stuff.
It is so nice to be able to see the changes, thank you for sharing it with us all. We hope to get up there again, maybe next summer.
Thank you! We were happy the trees changed this year. Last year there was no change in color.
Love the changing pictures! I’d like to spend a little time there but not when all the tourists are there. Hope you guys have a nice winter. We’ll be back at Lk Mead.
We will be in Yuma, so maybe plan to meet half-way for a day?
What a cool idea, taking the same pic at different times of the year. Love it!