Looking for a place to vist this summer or in the future? Then look no further than Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Here are some amazing pictures of it, if I don't just say so myself!
This is it, This is the town of Jackson as seen from the top of Snowking Mountain. Go to http://www.jacksonholenet.com/webcams/town_of_jackson_hole.php
for a webcam shot taken where I took my shot. Those are the Tetons on the left to center horizon. A branch of the Rocky Mountains. Formed over millions of year as the Pacific plate has slid up and onto the Atlantic plate. The large green area above town to the right is the National Elk Refuge where every winter 1000s of elk come down to to stay while the high country is deep in snow.
As you can tell Jackson is a small town. Its about one mile from the bottom of the ski slope below to the north end of town where the road turns to the right. And its about two miles from east to west. The 2000 population was about 8,647. Be interesting this year to see how much its grown.
This is the north end of town just past the Chamber of Commerce. The mountain on the right horizon is called Sheep Mountain by the old timers, or The Sleeping Indian to modern ones. The water seen here is Flat Creek and always has many kinds of water fowl on it, White Swans, Canadian Geese,Herons, Ducks, Redwing Blackbirds, and many others.
Here is a closer view of the Sleeping Indian. See his face and headdress on the right, his neck and then his belly still covered in this picture with snow? His belly tops out at over 10,000 feet high. There is a lake behind his neck to the northeast. And Big Horn sheep are often seen grazing on him all around.
Speaking of sheep, here is a young Ram watching for danger while grazing the high cliffs for food. These cliffs are along the upper belly ofthe Sleeping Indian.
Below the Indian to the west is the valley called Jackson Hole, its actually called Jackson's Hole, after famous Mountainman Henry Jackson, a furtrapper, Indian-friend and Frenchmen. The valley was named for him as a "Hole" was a term given to a large valley surrounded by high mountains. Jackson Hole, is surrounded by the Teton Range to the west, the Gros Ventre and Wind River Ranges to the east, the Yellowstone and Absaroka's to the north and the Wyoming Range to the south.
This shot was taken from the middle upper edge of the Gros Ventre Range (Grow Vont). The road I am on leads high into the range along a side canyon called Curtis Canyon.
This is higher up to the miidle end of the Elk Refuge. The silvery scrub in the foreground is Blue Sagebrush. Shot in early Fall the grasses have all turned brown, but the Cottonwoods along Flat Creek are still green.
This shot is from near the edge of tree-line (9000') in the Tetons. Looking down you see Bradley and Taggart Lakes, Glacier dug and morrained. The mountains on the horizon are the Gros Ventre, the small forested hill in the middle of Jackson Hole is Blacktail Butte. The Sanke River stretches from left to right in the center just this side of the butte and Granite Creek flows thru the tree lined curve into the Snake.
In late Spring Buffalo, Wyoming's wild symbol graze on the upper reaches of the Elk Refuge with the still quite snowy Teton mountains behind and the south end of Blacktail Butte with the last chuttes of snow winding down it.
Summer and Winter are both popular up this side canyon called Cache Creek. The south Teton range is seen on the horizon as well as Snowking on the left, in these two shots taken one in January and one in June from the same exact spot looking back to Jackson which is below the white or brown colored West Gros Ventre Butte in the upper middle.
I Spring high country meadows like this one are abound with flowers, Queen Anne's Lace,Lupine,Indian Paintbrush,Balsom Flowers. This is about 8000 feet up South Granite Canyon.
Jackson Hole is filled with old homesteads like this one on the southern edge fo the Elk Refuge called Miller Ranch. This was shot before sunrise with just the clouds being in the new days sunlight.
Tomorrow I will put up some more images and stories about Jackson Hole.