Star trails over my campsite in the Snowy Range of Wyoming. This was a wonderfully peaceful and calm night where I decided to take an easy one night backpack trip into the wild. Just before heading to bed, I set up the camera and left the shutter open all night long.
I found this composition in the backcountry of the Snowy Range a few years ago, but I had to return this summer with better skies. This unnamed peak almost glows in the predawn light of late summer, and this particular pond reflects the scene perfectly. There’s literally hundreds of lakes in this small mountain range which leaves a lot more exploring to do!
Hike: Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, via Jenny Lake
I decided to stop at the popular, and crowded, Jenny Lake halfway through my visit to Grand Teton National Park. After choosing to take the short boat ride across Jenny Lake (instead of the 2.5mi trail) I arrived at the trailhead on the western shore. I started by hiking the 2mi roundtrip up to Hidden Falls and sat to cool down in the mist. I then returned to the dock to start the ~4mi roundtrip hike up to Inspiration Point (the connector trail was closed). There was a long steady ascent up the mountain until the trail opened up with a great panoramic view of the lake area from up high. After a hike down and boat ride back to the visitor area I proceeded south again for another late afternoon hike.