March Across the Snake - Women & Children First
It's early October in the Tetons; there is change in the air. The first snows have fallen in the higher elevations. The aspen and cottonwood trees have shown their brilliant colors and are now starting to shed their splendid coats. Mornings are cold and crisp; refreshing, but a shock from the previous day's warmth. Steam and fog rise from the warm waters.
On this early morning before sunrise, a bull elk was shepherding his harem from their evening grazing grounds in the Willow Flats, crossing the Snake River for the safety of the forest. Over the course of ten minutes, perhaps 100 females, led by the bull, forged the Snake River. Magical!