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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Grand Teton National Park - Day Four

On our last day the skies were still mostly cloudy, but we saw a lot more of the sun.  We spent some time looking for and not finding bears.  We did find a variety of wildflowers and enjoyed the mountains.  I have tried to identify the flowers as best as I can.  The source of the identification is from "Mountain Plants of Northeastern Utah" by Berniece Andersen and Arthur Holmgren.  Since the book is over thirty years old the scientific names may have changed.

8x10 Grand Teton IMG_1667

8x10 grand Tetons IMG_1643

8x10 Grand Teton IMG_1592

8x10 Grand Teton IMG_1578

8x10 Yellow Mountain Violet IMG_1634
Nuttall Violet  (Viola nuttallii)

8x10 Yellow Fritillaria IMG_1630
Yellow Fritillaria  (Fritillaria pudica)

8x10 Shooting Star IMG_1597
Shooting Star  (Dodecatheon pauciflorum)

8x10 Waterleaf IMG_1566
Waterleaf  (Hydrophyllum capitatum)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Grand Teton National Park - Day Three

On day three it was raining hard at Grand Teton National Park, so we traveled up to Yellowstone and visited the Old Faithful area.  On the way back to Jackson the skies began to clear over the Tetons.  We finally saw some bears in the Tetons.  A lone black bear feeding on an elk carcass and a black bear with her cub.  Even with the bad weather it was a fun day.

8x10 Blue Star Spring Yellowstone Upper Basin IMG_1468
Blue Star Pool

8x10 Pump Geyser Upper Basin IMG_1472
Pump Geyser

5x7 Yellowstone Upper Basin IMG_1477
Geyser in the Upper Basin, forgot the name

8x10 Black Sand Basin IMG_1498
Bacteria growth in the Black Sand Basin

5x7 Emerald Pool Black Sand Basin IMG_1506
Emerald Pool

5x7 Black Bear Grand Teton IMG_1533
Black bear near Jenny Lake

8x10 Grand Teton BW IMG_1518
Another black and white shot of the Tetons

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Grand Teton National Park - Day Two

Day two at the park started out pretty good, but by about 3:00 pm the rain came.  We went back to Jackson Hole and did the shops.  Later, we went back to the Park.  No bears were seen.  Not much for pictures a few landscapes and some flowers.

8x10 Grand Tetons IMG_1447

8x10 Grand Tetons IMG_1441

8x10 Spring Beauty IMG_1456
Western Spring Beauty (Claytonis lanceolata)

8x10  Jenny Lake IMG_1461
Not sure the name of this bush with the tiny flowers.

8x10 Sagebrush Buttercup IMG_1459
Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus jovis)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Grand Teton National Park - Day One

Our first day at the park was actually only a couple of hours in the evening.  After getting directions to some places to find bears, we traveled into the park.  The skies were overcast and the tops of the Tetons were in the clouds.  It seemed like a black and white day.  We did not find any bears, but on Signal Mountain male Dusky Grouse were strutting alongside the road.  They were very cooperative.  In fact, if you stayed low and got closer to them they would go into full display.

8x10 grand Teton BW IMG_1370

8x10 Grand Teton BW IMG_1375

8x10 Grand Teton BW IMG_1377

8x10 Dusky Grouse IMG_1434

5x7 Dusky Grouse IMG_1421

8x10 Strutting Dusky Grouse IMG_1435

8x10 Strutting Dusky Grouse IMG_1439