WHO: My mom and I
WHAT: Oxbow Bend
WHEN: October 2014
WHERE: Grand Teton National Park, WY
WHY: Trying to catch the fall colors (as you can see from the picture we were a bit late)
"Frosted in Pink"
When going to the Tetons for photography, anyone who is anyone has heard of Oxbow Bend where the above image was taken. This past fall I was on a trip with my Mom to catch the fall colors in the Tetons. We started our trip a week before this image was created. Before we had even left I knew from posts on Facebook that I would miss the fall colors for a second year in a row. I tried to not let this knowledge get me down and told myself there would be many other stories to tell. Thankfully fall in Yellowstone National Park was turning into a photographers heaven with lovely moody mornings filled with fog. Well after 6 straight days of mornings filled with fog I was starting to crave a sunrise. I mean all of my images were starting to look the same. Every time I got up early hoping for some warm golden rays, I got fog.
Before bed that night I got everything ready. Set the alarm for 5:30am since I only had to drive just 5 minutes away for my shot. When the alarm ran after what felt like just five minutes of sleep I quickly rolled over to turn it off being my mom had no need to rise so early with me. I won't lie after a week of getting up early I was tired and exhausted, but I put on a hat and headed out the door. As I rounded the corner near Oxbow Bend I could see quite a few flash lights and the closer I got the more evident it became I would not be alone. In fact I would estimate that there were almost 150 photographers already set-up and ready to catch the sunrise! I was shocked. It had we wishing I had appreciated that moment at Lower Falls when only 15 photographers surrounded me. Apparently I was not the only person missing the sun. I felt discouraged put pushed forward with my plan. I parked the car, grabbed my bag and starting walking away from everyone. I had to find a spot that I could call my own. While walking I thought to myself "I must make it different." With so many of us I had to somehow make my image standout. I concluded that most people here would be shooting normal rectangular shots, so I was going to focus 80% of my composure on a panoramic layout. I finally located a location where not only was I away from everyone but I was even out of site of everyone. Hooray for pretending to be the only one around. I quickly turned to getting my gear ready and just as I was just finishing up I hear twigs snapping and leaves crunching. Apparently my spot also looked to be a great spot for "Mr. John Doe" to set-up his gear as well. I won't lie I tried hard to not give him the stink eye, but I was really bummed he plopped his stuff right next to mine. Then a few minutes later I had another guy just 10 feet above me. Where were they all coming from?! At some point I had to let my disappointment go so I could focus on the task at hand. The sun was just starting her display and pink began to frost the mountains. I just loved how moody the sky was behind the peaks I could not wait to see how this sunrise panned out. Just as I finished snapping the three images that were used to create the panoramic above the sun moved behind a cloud and the show was over; that was all she wrote. My first sunrise in almost a week and she lasted a whole ten minutes. Don't get me wrong I love the image that came of that morning but I will never stop wondering what might had been and she been allowed to fully rise to meet the mountains.
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Everyone has a passion in life, mine is photography mixed with the great outdoors. Though such should come as no surprise since I grew up playing and getting lost in the woods of The Black Hills of South Dakota. Making it only natural that I feel most at home when I am surrounded by mountain peaks and the voices of the animals. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, I just did not know how I could. I soon realized by documenting our planet I could share my joy with the rest of the world. It is my hope that with my nature photography I will instill the same passion and love that I have for Mother Nature into others. This world we live on is truly an amazing place, but with our personal lives filled with work and stress we often forget to stop and take in the beauty all around us.