Grand Teton National Park

I have been at the Tetons for two weeks already! The park is spectacular in the winter. Snow has fallen at least 75% of the days since I arrived. This morning, the park offices have been shut down due to snow and strong gusty winds. So, it is time to catch up on some jobs at home, such as sending this post.

I am volunteering in the maintenance department at the park, working 32 hours per week. My housing is in Beaver Creek, about 3 miles north of Moose, WY.

My apartment door is just off the right edge of this image. The Tetons are visible from my living room window; at least when the clouds open up. Sony a7R III + 16-35mm lens @27 mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/3s. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

The deep snow is challenging to the wildlife. But they have adapted over the centuries and know where to go to forage. Chasing animals at this time of year puts undue stress on them. All calories are precious, just for survival.

Mule Deer buck trudges through deep snow to forage on a sidehill above the Gros Ventre River. Sony a9 + 100-400mm lens & 1.4x teleconverter @560 mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.
Now that the Bison hunt on the National Elk Refuge has ended, many of the Bison remaining in the Tetons are working their way south to the Refuge. Feeding conditions are better for the herd on the refuge. Sony a7R III + 24-105mm lens @94 mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

Living in the park has many advantages. The forecast for Sunday morning called for “cloudy” conditions. Looking to the southeast from the comfort of my apartment, I could see a narrow window of open sky. Looking west, I could see that the clouds were above the mountain peaks. So, I quickly mobilized and drove north about ½ mile in time to catch the early morning light lighting up the peaks. Twenty minutes later, the show was over when the clouds obliterated the sun.

Early morning sunlight shines underneath the clouds and strikes the Teton mountain peaks. Sony a7R III + 24-105mm lens @24 mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/25. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

5 thoughts on “Grand Teton National Park”

  1. Thanks for sharing your photos and your expertise. I love going along with you this way…lol. Do you get to scoop snow occasionally?

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