Sometimes nature’s best is just outside your window. Such was the case in the Grand Tetons.
It pays to be married to a photographer. Especially one with a passion for night time photography and the sun’s golden hours. I may not be game for his all-night antics chasing the Aurora, but sunsets and sunrises I can handle. And I have to admit, Rich does his homework.
Upon arriving at Jackson Lake Lodge, Rich quickly scouted the mountain views from the front of the lodge, his apps that detailed the exact location of sun movement, and the weather forecast. He deemed it a perfect sunset opportunity. We were poised and ready with our cameras and tripods well before the action began. An darn if he wasn’t spot on!
We spent a magical hour watching the pageantry of the receding sun, as it shot light rays from behind the mountains and spun color into the clouds overhead. We knew it must be something special when we spotted numerous lodge staff members dashing outside to capture pictures of the display.
I could have been thoroughly satisfied with that experience. But it was far from over. I was informed that we had a full moon, and it was due to set over the mountains early the next morning. It was a once-a-month phenomenon. And we had the good fortune to see it. So it was that I dragged my body out of bed in the dark and chill of pre-dawn the following morning. And heck, that too was worth the effort!
It wasn’t long from the conclusion of that drama to the sun’s appearance, so we lingered for the final show. Rising from behind, it slowly painted the mountaintops and slithered down the rocky slopes with pinky golden colors, ultimately meeting the mist rising from Jackson Lake.
It was the perfect trifecta. Three heavenly performances initiated our visit to the Grand Tetons. And the view in broad daylight wasn’t half bad either.