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Mormon Row Barn - Grand Teton National Park 1993

Mormon Row Barn - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 1993

Toyo 4x5 View Camera     Lens: Rodenstock 150mm     Film: Kodak TMax 100    Dimensions: 5534 x 3436      Size: 8.8MB

My first trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was on April 28, 1993, almost a year after moving to Salt Lake City, Utah from the Texas Gulf Coast. They had just opened some of the roads in Yellowstone but many were still closed because of the winter's snow. I only planned on staying two days and I thought I would sleep in my pickup truck. Instead of taking a sleeping bag, I took three heavy coats. I got to the park just in time to get to the Old Faithful geyser. I met one man with his son and his dog as they were leaving. No one else was there. I understood because it was extremely cold outside. The geyser erupted but it was a major disappointment. It only rose to about thirty feet or so. That night, as the sun set, it really got cold and before the night was over, the temperature fell to 5 degrees Farenheit. I had to start my pickup several times during the night to run the heater. I was amazed by the beauty of these two National Parks and I made many more trips during the 16 years I lived in Utah.

I had seen photographs and had heard of, the Mormon Row barns but I was unable to find them for a few years. Finally, I was able to locate them and, with the backdrop of the Grand Tetons, they make some truly breathetaking photographs!


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