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Reflecting on the Fall Colors at Oxbow Bend

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Reflecting on the Fall Colors at Oxbow Bend

Reflecting on the Fall Colors at Oxbow Bend Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

While Yellowstone National Park is a wildlife photographer's park, Grand Teton National Park is the home to landscape photographers. Some of the world's best mountainscapes are located right here. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park's mountains were named by a French trapper who viewed them from the Idaho side of the range and called them Tetons, French slang for "breasts" (I'm not kidding)!

On my first trip to the park I couldn't see the Teton Mountains at all since the fog hid them. This time around my view was almost ruined because the park service was doing a controlled burn in the park and is the reason why you see some haze in this mountain shot.

I took this shot of the fall colors at Oxbow Bend at about 10:30 a.m. in the morning. Yes, I broke the cardinal rule of landscape photography of only photographing in the warm, soft light of sunrise and sunset, but I was glad I took this shot in the late morning light. Normally the classic shot of Oxbow Bend is taken at sunrise, but in autumn the light is a little flat in the early morning. With the front lighting of the sun in the late morning, the autumn colors were deeply saturated. It seems like they are popping right out of the photo! After I came back from my trip I found out this was a similar shot on the front cover of Outdoor Photographer Magazine.

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