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Keywords:Birds, Grand Tetons, Snake River, Swans, Trumpeter Swan
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Dimensions3888 x 2592
Original file size12.7 MB
Image typeJPEG


Image ID: 12-3895c

At times I can’t believe my good luck. Not only was I in Jackson Hole, arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, but in defiance of a dry winter season throughout the U.S., it had snowed 5 feet a couple of days before we arrived. Unlucky for me, on one hand, a nagging knee injury prevented me from enjoying the powder at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. On the flip side, I was able to concentrate on my photography. And there, once again, good fortune presented itself.

I headed up early, before sunrise, to Oxbow Bend to capture images of Mount Moran on this cobalt-blue sky morning. After some landscape shots, I donned my snowshoes for a hike down to the Snake River. Even with snowshoes, I sank down to my waist in the powder and drifts. I had hoped to hike along the river’s edge to an area about half a mile downriver where about a dozen trumpeter swans were swimming. But it was nearly impossible to make any progress. That’s when my good fortune kicked in. In the distance, four swans restlessly readied themselves for flight. I thought, could they possibly be heading in my direction? Unbelievably, yes! As they flew toward me, the makings for a wonderful image fell into place: the untracked snow, Snake River and stand of pines provided for a beautiful image. Good fortune smiled on me that day!!