Just before we reached Yellowstone NP on our four month trip around the US last fall, we drove through Grand Tetons National Park. I’ll be featuring photos Peggy and I took of the Grand Tetons and the Absaroka Range today.
As Peggy and I drove across the 9,658 feet (2,943 m) Togwotee Pass, we were excited. We were in the Rocky Mountains and had just crossed over the Continental Divide. We were back in the West! Rivers would now be flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Soon we would get our first views of the Grand Tetons— not that there was anything shabby about the scenery on pass.
The Grand Tetons are a baby range, relatively speaking, less than 10 million years old. Compare that with the Rockies at 50-80 million years or the Appalachians at over 300 million. That’s what gives them their rugged, good looks. Erosion hasn’t had time to wear away their jagged peaks. Earthquakes along the Teton fault on the east side of the range are responsible for their height. Plate tectonic movement, which is stretching the region in an east west direction, is responsible for the earthquakes. When the tension becomes too great, an earthquake takes place, usually of 7 to 7.5 magnitude, i.e. big. Seesaw-like, the mountains rise and the valley next to it falls along the 40 mile fault, with each earthquake averaging around 10 feet of up and down movement. It is estimated that the mountain range has risen some 26,000 feet with 6,000 feet showing above the floor and 20,000 buried under it. Geologists estimate that the last major quakes were about 5,900, 8,000, and 10,000 years ago.
19 thoughts on “The Grand Tetons… Mountains Close to Perfection”
The mountains are gorgeous all on their own, but my favorite photos are those that combine the water, the ducks, and the mountains. That’s a fine portrait of your father, too. It definitely has a Norman Rockwell quality to it. I’d say the shot through the glass didn’t negate its quality at all.
Ha, I’ve always been a fan of ducks, lakes, trees, bushes, grass and mountains as well, Linda! An elk or a beaver would have been nice too. As for the photo, it is a treasure of ours. I had to crop it substantially to get around the glass reflection problem. The Norman Rockwell look has been commented on many times, mainly by folks like us who grew up on the Saturday Evening Post.
Wow, Curt, your photos are stunning! The aspens are beautiful and the photo of your dad is priceless. No wonder you became a wanderer; he inspired you. The Tetons are beyond spectacular. Thanks for taking us along!
Yep, Pop was a wanderer. 🙂 Thanks. One of the things I love about blogging besides sharing, Lauren, is I gat tor relive the experience.
And it’s great for us to see your beautiful photos, Curt. 🙂
That picture of your father painting is fabulous. Thanks for sharing that. Clearly the love of mountains runs in the family.
Clearly, Peggy. Thanks.
I’ve seen the photo in person, and I didn’t notice at that time that your Pop had his cell phone in his breast pocket. I’ll bet none of his friends and family realized what a trend-setter he would be. Heh heh. “Baby mountains” are my favourite, since they are jaggedy and sharp enough to cut your finger on them. These scenes are just gorgeous, and as you have implied, in my opinion it’s the mountains that add the most to the scenes. ❤
It does look like it, doesn’t it. It was probably a notepad and a pencil. I looked to make sure it wasn’t his pipe tobacco. It was never far away.
I keep telling myself, I’ll backpack in the Tetons, Crystal. I’d best get to it. Grin.
Aaah. The Tetons. They still make me cry. 🙂 I can’t wait to get back there (2024) with a visit to Yellowstone and Glacier! I love the deep green evergreen, the yellow aspens and cottonwood, and those beautiful blue peaks. Great photos. Now, I’m off to check out the Nile!
And I forgot to mention that the photo of your dad is precious. What a great image. I enjoyed that.
Thanks, D. He was special.
Laughing, D. I was wondering if you would catch my reference. 🙂 I didn’t know if you’d be comfortable with me referring to you directly. They are beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the post. –Curt
I wouldn’t have minded, but I did get the reference. Lol. I was showing your photos to my guy this morning. He’s never been there, so we’re excited to go. 🙂
Good! 🙂 One of my goals is to excite people to got to beautiful places!
thanks a lot for sharing your fine pictures and your explanations.
Your father’s photo is great. We suppose you love it.
Next time you’ll blog about Breisach, a little town we know quite well as one of Master’s publishers has his summer house there.
Wishing you all the best
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Finished my post on Breisach yesterday and scheduled it for Monday, a beautiful town with a little quirkiness thrown in. BTW, my WP hasn’t been letting me get into your site lately, as well as a few other blogs I follow. One of my goals over the next few days is to make it behave. 🙂 –Curt
We wish you good luck, dear Curt 🍀🤞
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