Grand Teton National Park’s Buck Rail Fences

 A Disappearing, Distinctive Park Feature

Buck Rail Fence

Until recently, buck and rail fences, or buck and pole fences, we found commonly throughout Grand Teton National Park. One of the most commonly photographed section of buck rail fences ran along the highway just west of Triangle X Ranch. The fence line traversed the rolling the terrain and provided a terrific year round subject. The majestic Teton range rose from the Snake Rive—and the fence provided a distinctive and memorable foreground subject.

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Disappointed but Learning

Two weeks ago I went to a conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Chris, my wife, is on the local School Board and the conference was about schools, so Koty (our dog) and I were just along for the ride. I’ve heard about the beauty of Coeur D’Alene for years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to spend 3 or 4 days hiking around the majestic lake taking photos. A few days before the conference the weather report was sketchy, but I was confident that a little “weather” would be just fine as long as there were a few sunrises and/or sunsets with good light. Continue reading "Disappointed but Learning"

Disappointed but Learning

Two weeks ago I went to a conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Chris, my wife, is on the local School Board and the conference was about schools, so Koty (our dog) and I were just along for the ride. I’ve heard about the beauty of Coeur D’Alene for years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to spend 3 or 4 days hiking around the majestic lake taking photos. A few days before the conference the weather report was sketchy, but I was confident that a little “weather” would be just fine as long as there were a few sunrises and/or sunsets with good light. Continue reading “Disappointed but Learning”

Bristlecone Loop

Old Bristlecone Pine

Elevation Profile for Bristlecone Loop

Elevation change for Bristlecone Loop
Elevation profile and route courtesy of the HAZ Tracks App

Distance: 1 mile (loop)
Difficulty: Easy
Best time of year: Summer, Fall

The Bristlecone Pine Loop is probably the easiest trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s located at the very end of the main road in the south end of the park, and over the course of a one mile loop brings you past a 1,600 year old bristlecone pine tree. Continue reading “Bristlecone Loop”

A Photographer’s Morning Experience with the GTNP Elk Hunt

Is it Safe?

The Park Service suggests tourists (and photographers) wear florescent orange if they are roaming around in areas where hunting is allowed. However, there are places in GTNP where visitors are still in jeopardy of being shot while still on some of the major connectors like Antelope Flats Road and the East Boundary Road.

Ditch Creek

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Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Elevation Profile for Queen's Garden to Navajo Loop

Elevation change for Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop
Elevation profile and route courtesy of Route Scout

Distance: 3.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall

Crowded. Loud. Disrespectful shortcutters. Yelling. This is most likely what you’ll encounter on the Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop, and you should absolutely do this hike. It has its down sides (most of them just mentioned), but for the majestic splendor and wonder of Bryce Canyon, this loop is an absolute must see. Consider it a best-of for what Bryce Canyon National Park has to offer, in a hike that can be done even by novice hikers. For those novices, however, hiking out will prove to be a challenge. Continue reading “Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop”

Artist Paint Pots

Artist Paint Pots

Elevation Change for Artist Paint Pots

Elevation change for Artist Paint Pots
Elevation profile and route courtesy of the HAZ Tracks App

Distance: 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall

Artist Paint Pots is an appropriately named collection of mud pots that have some incredibly unique coloring and actually do resemble pots of paint. It’s one of the fantastic displays of mudpots in the park, where the water is so acidic it gradually eats away the ground around it. Continue reading “Artist Paint Pots”

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Black Pool and Moon

Elevation Change for the West Thumb Geyser Basin

Elevation change for West Thumb Geyser Basin
Elevation profile and route courtesy of the Route Scout App

Distance: 0.8 miles (loop)
Difficulty: Easy
Best time of year: Year-round

The West Thumb Geyser Basin is an easy walk around some very colorful hot springs set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. If you’re coming in from the South Entrance, it’s a great way to acquaint yourself with some of the features that you’ll be seeing much more of. Continue reading “West Thumb Geyser Basin”