The smoke from the fires burning in Washington and Montana in the fall of 2017 obscured the peak of the majestic Grand Teton. In fact, we could scarcely see the top of any of the other mountains. Although the haze prevented us from viewing high peaks of the Tetons, we toured and hiked the park taking it all it had to offer before heading to Yellowstone.
One morning during our visit, we got up very earlier and drove over the pass from Idaho, where we were staying, to photograph the Moulton Barn with the mountains behind it. The sky was so thick with smoke that the usually bright morning sun was almost hidden from view. Unfortunately, the mountains behind the barn were covered in haze and smoke. I photographed the famous barn and when I turned to walk back to the car, the scene behind me was bathed in a beautiful, early morning light. This was a great reminder to always look completely around a subject when you’re photographing, you never know when the more interesting view turns out to be behind you!
We’ll go back to the Tetons one day to view all the majesty and beauty of that National Park. Maybe then the peaks won’t be covered in smoke and I’ll get that famous photo of Moulton’s Barn! If not, there’s so much more to see!
Half Dome stands high above the surrounding barren granite mountains.
I’ve visited Yosemite National Park several times and each time I’m in awe of the majestic panorama that surrounds me. The granite mountains carved by glaciers long ago stand as a testimony to God’s handiwork. Standing in Yosemite Valley and looking up at the granite structures surrounding you makes you feel very insignificant in the realm of creation. El Capitan stands guard while Half Dome watches over the serene valley below. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of visiting Yosemite National Park and the Mariposa Big Trees that have stood the test of time for centuries.
“… the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
This is what most people remember when they visit Yosemite National Park. It’s the view you first see when you come through the tunnel that leads to Yosemite Valley. El Capitan is the foreground and Half Dome is in the far right. Breathtaking!
The forest in Yosemite Valley.
In the Mariposa Sequoia grove just outside Yosemite National Park stand hundreds of Sequoia trees. These huge trees are resistant to fire and insects and have stood for thousands of years. My brother and sister are standing in a hole that was cut in one f the large trees for tourists’ cars to drive through,