Mountain Maple mixed with Spruce and Aspens.
On October 2nd of 2013, I made a morning trip down the Snake River Canyon to check out the foliage. Specifically, I wanted to photograph the colorful Mountain Maple trees. In many places, the hillsides were mosaic patterns of color and textures. The government shutdown made it easy to bail on the Teton valley floor and head south—and it turned out to be a great outing. Mountain Maple trees start showing up about 3/4 of the way down the canyon towards Alpine Junction. I left town early in the morning while the canyon was still in shadows. There were photo opportunities all the way down the canyon, but it was still too dark for photos there. Most of the shots on this page were taken closer to the Palisades Reservoir dam—actually in Idaho.
Palisades Reservoir is very low this year. Water demands downstream have been hard on this reservoir along with Jackson Lake in the Park. There were several bald eagles along the shore line.
This image and the next couple were taken in Sheep Canyon. It is located about a mile past the dam. Some of the maples close to the rock outcroppings were less bright than maples closer to the base, but it was nice to see them this year and put them on my radar for future years.
I had hoped to get back down to the same spots a day or two after I took these. You can see some of the aspens in pre-peak conditions and they might have been even better. Usually, the maple leaves hold a few days unless there is a big wind. We had snow overnight on October 4th and I didn’t get back down.
Photo Equipment: Images on this page were taken with a Nikon D800 and either a Nikon 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and even a 200-400mm lens.
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