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March Across the Snake

March Across the Snake

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. Bears are abundant and visible . . . foraging for their dinners to tide them over for the winter. 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 leading his harem from their evening and early-morning grazing grounds in the Willow Flats, crossing the Snake River for the safety of the forest. Mystical and surreal, I have been visualizing this shot for a number of years. Magical!