No trip to Yellowstone is complete without a visit to the Grand Tetons even if it’s only a drive-thru as it was for us. After five days in Yellowstone National Park, we left through the south entrance and followed the Lewis River
and were eventually greeted by this sign.
A few minutes later we got our first view of the Grand Tetons rising abruptly over Jackson Lake.
From there the views only got better no matter how the mountains were framed.
Behind the Snake River at Oxbow Bend,
as the backdrop to Jenny Lake,
standing alone with trees at their feet.
It was a photographer’s paradise though I wasn’t happy with my pictures. Until that is, I did some post-processing and made them more presentable, at least to me. And I did so without any guilt – here’s why.
See the picture below? It hangs in my living room. A well known classic – The Tetons and the Snake River, taken by Ansel Adams in 1942. You may have thought after taking the picture he developed it, then rolled it out for the world to see. Not quite, according to one of my photography instructors. The story goes that he spent some 30 years of tinkering until he got it just the way he liked it and it became a work of art. Sorry my photo doesn’t do it justice but you get the idea.
So I’ll go on tweaking as long as I have the patience –
but these will suffice for now.