Grand Teton National Park

 

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Bruce, Harley & Me

We spent almost 2 weeks in this amazing area.  When we first arrived we spent the first full day just riding through the park.   We ate lunch by a Two Oceans Lake, then travelled north almost to Yellowstone Park.  These are some of the pics we took that day.

The Cathedral Group

 

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The grand center mountain gives the park its name, Grand Teton which stands at 13,770 ft.. The mountain to the left is Middle Teton at 12,604 ft. and to the right is Mt. Owen at 12,928 ft.

The Tetons are not very high or large as far as mountain ranges go, but in terms of beauty and drama they rival any other.   The highest peak, Grand Teton is 13,770 feet compared to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in The Sierra Nevada which is 14,505, and Denali in Alaska at 20,322.  The entire range is 40 miles long and 15 miles wide compared to the Rocky Mountains which are 3,000 miles long and 200 miles wide.  The Tetons are a young mountain range as well, being about 9 million years old, compared to the senior The Rocky Mountains which began 50 million years ago.

It is believed that The Tetons were created by a process called “Faulting and Uplift”.  This is when tension produced by  plate tectonics causes shifting in land mass, up and down or sideways. (Information from Grand Teton – The Story Behind the Scenery, by Hugh Crandall.) Constant erosion by snow and ice which causes chunks and blocks to fall from the mountains create the peaks and valleys which make the mountains so jagged in appearance.

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Mount Moran is the other mountain dominating the park landscape. It is 12,605 feet high.

Glaciers

The glaciers of the Grand Tetons have shrunk 25 percent in the past 40 years.  Glaciers are an indicator of climate change.

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Skillet Glacier on Mount Moran

 

 

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Close up of Skillet Glacier

Some Late Blooming Wildflowers

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Bridges Evening Primrose (Denothera longissima)
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Daisy
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Not identified
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Not identified

Insects

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Beetle
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Butterfly drying wings at water’s edge

Area around Two Oceans Lake

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Aspen Trees
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Meadow
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So many contrasts in plants across this vista
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A leaf I spotted when getting out of the car for lunch

Two Oceans Lake

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A beautiful place to eat lunch

 

 

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Aspen grove across the lake
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Water’s edge

 

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Osprey fishing

Oxbow Bend Turnout

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This is beautiful, but if you want to see a professional photo go to Google + and check out Tim Lyden’s photo of this point posted in September, 2015.

Jackson Lake

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Sign for Dam
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A young man trying to fight his way close to the dam
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Jackson Dam
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Jackson Lake

Heading Back to our Campsite

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The late afternoon sun gives the meadow a golden glow
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Bison grazing in the late afternoon
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A grove of aspen trees line the base of Mount Moran

Jenny Lake

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Jenny Lake
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Fall Colors Framed
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Classic Photo
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Close up of the mountains across the lake
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Peek a Boo through the trees

We were glad we took an overview of the park on this day, the next day was smoky from fires in California and Idaho.  Its been a long, dry summer in the west.  We hope for lots of snow and rain.  We need an El Nino winter!