There are fires burning all around the Grand Tetons - one south, one east, several in Idaho and some small ones in Yellowstone. It makes for smoky days. We thought visibility was poor the first day, but they are the best so far. I believe the tallest peak on the left is the Grand Teton. Mount Moran is on the right.
The next day from Colter Bay, we had a nice view of the Tetons, but the smoke was already a bit heavier. I did do a little adjustment in Photoshop to get more contrast. The afternoons were better. The photo to the right is of my sister and brother-in-law at Phelps Lake. The opening to the back is Death Canyon, with Static Peak, I believe, in the background.
Yesterday, the smoke never lifted. We took a beautiful drive out Gros Ventre Road and back on Antelope Flats Road. Even with a bit of adjustment, the Tetons are difficult to see through the smoke. The photo on the right was taken Monday, showing the Grand towering above the other peaks.
When I worked here we were fortunate to not only have a smokeless summer but we saw the peaks crowned with snow. Each season and vantage point brings a different look. I wish the views were clearer - these mountains are one of, if not the most, stunning in the world. One of the guides we had said that he has seen photos of them all over the world. In India he saw a large poster and a local, when questioned, said it was taken in the Himalayas!
We did drive by the Gros Ventre campground along the Gros Ventre River in the cottonwoods with leaves turning golden yellow. There were tons of RVs parked out there. My friend, Betty, said that is a good area to observe moose. Going out that road you might also see pronghorn antelope and the large buffalo herd that roams the flats. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak