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02/06/2006 12:38:44 PM · #1
Hey Guys,

I am going to Both of the State Parks listed above this September. I was looking for some good information about the " must have shots" that are in either, what area they are located in and an example of the prime photo. I know tons of us have been to these areas. Any help scouting these places would be appreciated as I am 1700mi away and sadly can not do it myself.

02/06/2006 12:47:36 PM · #2
My StepFatherInLaw lives in Bozeman, MT and goes there every month or so, I'll see if he can give me a list. Knowing him, he'll probably give GPS coordinates too.
02/06/2006 01:11:16 PM · #3
In Teton National Park, there is a chapel called the Chapel of Tranfiguration, not sure how to get to it, but it is so beautiful and peaceful. The window in the chapel frames the Tetons perfectly. Also, don't miss Jenny Lake, crystal clear glacier lake.
02/06/2006 01:23:02 PM · #4
In the mean time, here's the Yellowstone interactive map, click on different things to see views of the major areas.


I have some yellowstone stuff in my portfolio under landscape, hope to get more this year.

Remember, by late september it will be pretty cold and probably snowy up there already, winter starts early in Yellowstone.
02/06/2006 02:23:38 PM · #5
I've only been to Jackson Hole/Yellowstone in the winter so my favorite spots are along cross country skiing and snowcat routes. Try the pancakes at Jebediah's House of Sourdough and the bar-b-que at Bubba's in Jackson.

Be sure to visit the Visitor's Center at Moose and get hiking trail maps. The area along the Snake River, the Moose-Wilson Road, the trails/roads from Moose to Jenny Lake are all beautiful. The drive from Moose to the Flagg Ranch on the southern edge of Yellowstone has panoramic views of mountains and lakes.

The Snake River Overlook (from the MidAtlantic AAA website):

Directions to Snake River Overlook: Drive north 11 miles from the Moose Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on the Rockefeller Parkway. Pull off at the Snake River Overlook, a wide, paved overlook with interpretive displays. The pines have grown up a bit since Ansel Adams stood here but the Snake River still dances below and the peaks of the Grand Tetons still reach to the sky.

The high peaks of the Tetons face east. Direct sunlit photographs are best made in the morning when the peaks shine with morning sun.

Wildlife viewing areas
02/06/2006 03:12:47 PM · #6
I worked at the Signal Mountain Lodge in the Teton National Park for a summer in my youth, but was not into photography at that time. Based on memory, here are some places I'd go for shots:

The inner road runs through the center of the park from near Jackson Lake Lodge, past Signal Mountain, Jenny Lake and the Chapel of the Transfiguration, ending at Moose. This road has wonderful views. Take the side road to the top of Signal Mountain for fantastic vistas of the whole area. At dawn and early morn would be an awesome time for catching the light on the mountains looking west. Looking east from the top of Signal Mountains, you've got river(?) and valley scenes that would be nice in the early or late light.

I really loved the morning mist off of Jackson Lake in the early morning. Access to the lake is easy from Signal Mountain Lodge and Campground. I often would walk south along the shore line in the early morning with the quiet water, morning mist, calls of the wildlife and mountains in the background. There is an island between Signal Mountain Lodge area and the Teton range, but the Tetons are still visible.

Enjoy your trip.
02/07/2006 06:39:16 AM · #7
Thank you all for the great information, I am sure this will help me out a bit when I go in September. Wavelength a list would be great thanks and thank your Stepfather in law. I wonder if this could be its own forum Where people can leave others shot ideas for places.

Thanks to all again.

02/07/2006 07:20:53 AM · #8
Take pictures of everything.. you can't go wrong.

A starter list:
1-Old Faithful and Old Faithful Lodge
2-Upper and Lower Geyser Basins
3-Norris Geyser Basin
4-Artist Point, Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
5-Mammouth Hot Springs
6-Lake Yellowstone

There are huge herds of elk, bison and other animals. Bears are common. Though they look docile do not get to close when taking pictures. They are all wild and people are injured by them every year.

A wide panorama picture of the Grand Tetons is one of the classic must-have pictures of the Western United States. Best done with a multiple image capture.
02/07/2006 07:59:37 AM · #9
If you are into wildlife here are a few species I like there.

Biggest Elk - Norris Gyser Basin to Yellowstone falls area, I think they like the minerals there, big racks.
Moose - Along Yellowstone, Madison and Lewis Rivers
Grizzly Bear - Hayden Valley, but you'll be luck to even see one.
Black Bear - could be anywhere, but don't expect to see one.
Bighorn Sheep - Along Gardner River south of Gardner.
Pronghorn - By Gardner entrance.
Wolves were introduce after I left, probably Hayden Valley.
Bison - everywhere, but don't get to close. More folks are killed by bison than bears. They can run as fast as a race horse.

Harlequin Duck (a beaufiful sea duck that nests there)- downstream of Fishing Bridge in La Hardy Rapids on the Yellowstone River(late-May to mid-June.
Osprey - Lake Yellowstone and Madison River
Trumpeter Swan - Madison River (just east of West Yellowstone)
Barrow's Goldeneye - Buffalo Ford and Hayden Valley on the Yellowstone.
Bald eagle - Lake Yellowstone North end best.

Best flyfishing for Yellowstone Cuttthoat - Upstream of Buffalo Ford to just below La Hardy rapids on the Yellowstone River. Up to 5 pounds, average 18".

Best times to visit - before Memmorial day and after Labor Day. Otherwise be prepared for Tourons (a tourist x Morons)they are everywhere and get up early. I lived at Lake Hotel two summers.

Let me know if you need other tips. Van

02/07/2006 08:16:07 AM · #10
I was up in Yellowstone about a year ago. Here's some of the pictures I took.

Lamar Valley was the best place for wildlife when I was there. Saw several black bears, a grizzly, some wolves taking down an elk, plenty of moose and of course lots of bison.

Mammoth Hot Springs is certainly worth a look as is the whole basin around old faithful.

More people are injured by Bison than Bears - so don't treat them like cows...
02/07/2006 12:45:19 PM · #11
Thanks guys,

Again you have been a great help in this attempt at locating the good stuff to go after once I get there. Cheers...

05/18/2006 09:08:21 AM · #12
Great Fountain Geyser at Sunset
Mormon Row at sunrise
Oxbow Bend at sunset
Cunningham Cabin at sunset
Swans that hang out just north of Jackson on the refuge
Oxbow Bend mid-day

Also, pick up the book Lost in My Own Backyard by Tim Cahill. There are some amazing Day Hikes in this one that offer some photo ops that are off the beaten path.
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