Grand Tetons reflecting on water
Mirror Image

I had the opportunity this past week to take a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I desperately needed to get away and felt that this opportunity would not only provide me with photographic events but would also offer me the chance to clear my head and re-focus. I had heard of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and its incredible landscapes and wildlife but never thought it would have the effect on me that it did. 

I felt like being in this incredibly beautiful place not only enhanced my ability to refocus, but helped me to be more driven and motivated. This may sound a little sentimental, but watching the morning sun scatter its rays amongst the mountain peaks helped me to understand the lyrics to the song “America The Beautiful.” While the words “purple mountain majesty” was originally inspired by Pikes Peak in Colorado, I was able to witness that in Jackson Hole as the sky was painted pink and the light shone purple on the great summits of this stunning scenery.  

I try to attend workshops at least twice a year and look at it as continuing education so that I can stay up to date on trends and learn new things. I want to make sure that I am staying educated so that I can provide my clients with the best possible product. I was set to meet my group on a Thursday evening although I arrived in Jackson Hole a day early. The first day that I arrived, I rented a car for one day and decided to go for a drive. It was approximately two hours before sunset so I wanted to explore and see if I could locate any wildlife. I decided to cruise down the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive. It was absolutely beautiful. There were very few cars on the road and it was very peaceful. At one point, I stopped and rolled down the window so that I could get the full effect of the environment. 

Immediately after I stopped, I thought I saw movement amongst the trees. I sat and watched to see if anything emerged. I saw a dark figure walking underneath one of the trees. I grabbed my camera and waited to see if I would have an opportunity to snap a few pictures. I saw the figure lie down under one of the trees. Since I couldn’t see exactly what it was, I decided to pull up a few feet so I would have a better angle. When I began to pull up, I noticed that the animal I was watching got up and came out from underneath the tree. He was beautiful. It looked like a fox, but I have never seen one with multiple colors. He was black and red. His tail definitely looked like a fox but I had a difficult time convincing myself of that since I had never seen one with multiple colors. I later learned that he was a Cross Fox. A Cross Fox has multiple colors due to being partially “melanistic” which is the opposite of albinism and are not often seen. I just know that he was a beautiful creature. 

Cross Fox near Jenny Lake
Moose in Grand Teton National Park

During my time in Wyoming, I had a lot of time in nature and saw many different wild animals and beautiful landscapes. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. If you’ve never been to Jackson Hole, I highly recommend it! It’s a family friendly town with many things to do from hiking and water rafting to skiing and observing wildlife. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and I look forward to returning in the future.