Friday, October 13, 2023

Geology of Tetons continues to evolve

Wide angle view of the Teton Range

When you visit a place as stunningly beautiful as Grand Teton National Park, you run the risk of having bad weather, which means you really aren’t able to see and absorb the magnificence of God’s handiwork. Even an overcast, foggy day could obscure the wonder of the landscape.

Actually that happened as we first drove through Grand Teton on our way to Yellowstone National Park last month. It wasn’t raining or snowing, but the weather was off just enough to dampen our appreciation of the scenery.

Clouds obscure most of the mountains.

However, we returned to Grand Teton after five days in Yellowstone. The Teton Mountain Range rises abruptly from the Jackson Hole valley. Although the rocks at the core of the mountains are some of the oldest in North American, the mountain range itself is among the youngest in the world. First the Teton fault lifted the range, then massive glaciers carved peaks and canyons and created beautiful lakes. The Tetons continue to change from natural forces like erosion.

Moran Mountain shines in this reflection photo.

On our final day in the park, not only was the sun shining, but the sky was filled with fluffy, white clouds, and water in the lakes was clear and calm. I literally jumped for joy. This was what we had hoped for. Conditions were perfect for the best reflection photos of this trip.

I hope these photos will inspire you to visit and to explore this remarkable park.   

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spent a week in West Yellowstone and Island Park, ID in September and the Tetons were almost always on the horizon.