Trip Reports: Tetons Aerial Photos - March 2010

On Thursday morning last week in mid March I flew out of Jackson airport and was treated to some incredible aerial views of the Tetons! I reserved a window seat (as always) and had my camera ready, but was disappointed when I realized that I was on the wrong side of the plane to see the mountains during takeoff. Soon, however, my hopes rose from the dead as the plane banked a hard left, turned around, and flew right alongside the Tetons as it gained altitude – giving me a perfect view of all the big peaks of the Teton Range. Needless to say, I was snapping photos as quickly as possible!

I could hear several other passengers gaping and wowing at the views, but what struck me as odd is how many fellow passengers I noticed seated at windows in front of me who barely glanced up from their magazines/books to look at the incredible views! I couldn’t believe it! Here we are airborne, flying right past some of the most amazing peaks in the United States, and these people hardly bother to turn their necks??!!! Do they have no souls? What were they doing in Jackson anyways? Maybe they live here and are just soooo bored of looking at the Tetons. Or on the other hand perhaps there were some killer pictures of the Tetons in the in-flight magazine…

Mount Moran, aerial, Leigh Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, photo

Mount Moran Aerial

Aerial view of Mount Moran, 12,605 ft., and Leigh Lake, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Grand Teton, aerial, Teton Glacier, Tetons, Wyoming, winter, Grand Teton National Park, photo

Grand Teton Aerial #1

Winter aerial view of the Grand Teton, 13,770 ft., and the Teton Glacier.

Grand Teton, aerial, Middle Teton, Mount Owen, Garnet Canyon, Glacier Gulch, Tetons, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, photo

Grand Teton Aerial #2

Aerial view of the east side of the Grand Teton, 13,770 ft.  The Middle Teton is on the left, and Mount Owen on the right.  Garnet Canyon is the valley emptying down on the left, Glacier Gulch on the right.

Buck Mountain, aerial, Static Peak, Tetons, Wyoming, photo

Buck Mountain Aerial

Aerial view of the east face of Buck Mountain, 11,938 ft.  Static Peak, 11,303 ft., is at the left, though from this angle it only looks like a dwarfed subpeak of Buck.

Mount Baird, Idaho, Snake River Range, aerial, clouds, photo

Mount Baird Aerial

Aerial view of a portion of the Snake River Range located to the northwest of Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, just west of the Wyoming border.  Mount Baird, 10,025 feet, is the most snow-caked peak towards the lower left corner of the photo.  It would have been a great morning to be standing on top of one of these peaks, looking over the vast cloud blanket below.

Last May I snowboarded down several of these large peaks which you can see in these photos, including Mt. Moran, the Middle Teton, and Static Peak; check out those photos here.

Tagged Wyoming, Tetons.