Last weekend, I was fortunate to get a birds eye view of Grand Teton National Park with a couple friends. After a storm passed that dropped over a foot of new snow in the upper elevations, the weather cleared and my friend Rodney asked if I wanted to hop in his plane and check out the fresh coat of white on the peaks. We took off from the Driggs airport in the late afternoon, just in time to fly around while the sun was setting off to the west. We headed north to where the range meets Yellowstone, swung around to the east side of the mountains and circled over Jackson lake. We did a few loops right above the cathedral group of peaks, where I had to drop my camera and press my face against the glass to get the most remarkable view of this range that I have ever seen. After living in Jackson Hole for 9 years, you would think I have photographed every angle of the Park, but getting up in the air gives you a brand new perspective on this incredible region. An experience like this solidified in my mind that I am lucky enough the live in the most beautiful region in the lower 48 states, and I can’t wait to spend another 9 years exploring it.
Taking off from Driggs and looking east into the range
The edges of Jackson Lake starting to enter the deep freeze of winter
Ellie took a break from her pilot lessons to take in the view of the park at sunset
As the light started to fade and it go harder to shoot clear photos of the mountains, I had to put down my camera and enjoy the view