"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jackson Hole Landscapes, Continued

While we were in Jackson Hole for the second time this summer a young wolf was hit by a car and killed.  Naturally this sparked our interest in viewing and photographing a wolf in Grand Teton National Park.  We were directed to an area call Uhl Hill where a den was reported.  In spite of several attempts to locate a wolf, it was not to be.  On the floor of the valley, at the base of Uhl Hill, there are some very interesting rock formations...

 
There are numerous openings that look as if they could serve well as a den for wildlife...
 


 

While waiting for a wolf to appear we did notice several birds using some of the cavities as nesting sites. The most notable being prairie falcons.  One opening especially captured my attention and imagination.  This entrance was almost at the top of the hill and appeared to be large enough for a person to walk through with little effort.  My overactive imagination pictured pre-historic humans at the entrance, perhaps scanning the valley below for woolly mammoths or giant bison...



During one of our evening "sits" a storm passed by making the sky dark and ominous.  In short order the clouds separated allowing rays of sunlight to paint the distant hillside.  It was an inspiring experience to watch as nature changed our environment in a matter of minutes...



I always try to note the Aspens in their various stages of growth...


 
 

 
 One well known landmark is "Sleeping Indian Mountain".  Although technically this formation is on "Sheep Mountain" it is best known by it's unofficial name.  Here it is on different days, and under various lighting conditions...

 


We found this campsite in national forest land above the National Elk Refuge...
 
 
The view from the summit of Signal Mountain...


The next photo is of the Cunningham Cabin.  One of the few remaining relics of the homesteading era when land was free to anyone who wished to claim it.  It was built in 1888.  A complete detailed history is available online...

 
The last photos in this post were taken from the valley floor.  I zoomed the Tamron out to 600mm and shot some of the peaks as I traveled about the valley...
 

 



 Thanks for letting me share just a little scenery of the awesome place called Jackson Hole.


 

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