|Lewis Falls, Yellowstone National Park.|
Devices attended to, we could settle in for dinner and a glass of wine. It was a clear day, so there was no need to rush out for sunset. We had picked up a 2014 Larch Hills Marechal Foch Reserve, from the North Okanagan wine region in British Columbia, Canada. I had never tasted a Marechal Foch before. Now I have. It had a very different flavor profile than more common red wines like cabernet or syrah. It was more like Argentinian malbec meets "young wine" (think Beaujolais), with perhaps a trace of residual sugar.
There were only a couple of people at the barn when we arrived, but it quickly got more crowded. There wasn't anything exciting going on in the sky, so the scene of photographers was about as interesting a subject as anything.
The area just to the north of this is known as Antelope Flats, and true to its name, a buck antelope had a few girlfriends alongside the road. It being close to mating season, at times he would spontaneously jump around and prance and dance, either to impress them or simply as an outlet for his excess energy. If they noticed, they pretended to ignore him.
Jackson Lake was nice and calm when we drove by, so there were some nice reflections of Mount Moran. Oxbow Bend was calm as well, with the added bonus of bright yellow aspen reflecting in the still water of the oxbow. I've encountered moose here on several occasions, and moose, elk and grizzly bears at Willow Flats just to the west, but this time people at the Oxbow Bend turnout were looking across the water for a moose they had seen over there.
Other animals were pretty much in their usual places. Horses were feeding in a large field north of the historic Cunningham Cabin, and across the Jackson Hole Highway bison were feeding in their usual place on the Wolff Ranch. Bison were also near the northern end of the Mormon Row barns. In the evening, several bull elk near Teton Park Road south of Jenny Lake were bugling to warn potential challengers not to try to take their harem of cows.
We returned to Jackson Lake for sunrise the next day, which I describe in my next post:
End of the Road for My SUV!
|Sunset at Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park|