Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is known for both its abundant wildlife and stunning views. The Teton Range, which runs the length of the park is, naturally, the highlight. With jagged and ragged peaks jutting to and fro, the mountain forms a stunning backdrop. If that’s not enough, the Snake River also runs through the park along the base of the range. These two natural features come together near the northern edge of the park. Mount Moran watches over a gentle meander of the river, forming Oxbow Bend and our photograph, Oxbow Fall.
Oxbow Bend is, without a doubt, one of the most picturesque scenes anywhere in the country. Because the river widens, the current slows down. The slow current, in turn, allows the mountains to reflect in the water. If that’s not enough, aspens line the shore. In autumn this scene springs to life with unparalleled beauty.
I made Oxbow Fall just as a storm was beginning to clear. The sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds, appearing and disappearing at random. When it was out, the aspens took on an eldritch glow and providing an excellent counterpoint to the clouds above.
Oxbow Fall, for me, shows how extraordinary our National Parks can be, and how an incredible scene can become truly outstanding in the right conditions. Creating a photograph like this doesn’t come quick, nor easy. I’ve been at this location many times, and but none have been more beautiful than the moment that is in Oxbow Fall.