~THE GRAND TETONS~

Towering more than a mile above the valley of Jackson Hole, the Grand Teton rises to 13,770 feet. Twelve Teton peaks reach above 12,000 feet and support a dozen mountain glaciers. The Teton Range is the youngest range in the Rockies and displays some of North America's oldest rocks. The Grand Tetons are tall sharp peaks created by fault-block action (as opposed to Yellowstone which is result of volcanic activity.) The mountains and valley show abundant evidence of glacial activity. (Source: U.S. National Park Service)
The day I was there, it was very overcast. Consequently, in many of the photos, the peaks are shrouded in clouds and mist. This gave an ominous look adding to their mystique. In one word: Majestic.






A panoramic view of the Grand Teton Range

The first few photos were taken looking across Lake Jenny on
the eastern edge of the Grand Tetons

As I travelled south some different views of the same peaks
are seen

Gently reaching for the lake

A peak with active glaciers

Multiple peaks

The same peak as above

Lodge pole pines answer the peaks

Trees reflecting the mountains

A path worn by a glacier

A valley between the giants

The Grand Teton peak

Another group of peaks

The Teton Glacier

A closer view
A glacier 3000 feet thick once filled the valley that is now Jackson Hole. More than any other erosional force, great Ice Age glaciers sculpted this mountain skyline. Teton glacier, the largest in the park, lies below and northeast of the Grand Teton. It acts like a huge conveyor belt transporting rocks of all sizes at the edge of it's melting snout. While most glaciers in the contiguous states are retreating, the Grand Teton glacier continues to advance at an average rate of 30 feet each year. This is due to the snowfall being greater than the yearly melt. So it continues to carve the mountainside changing the face of the landscape. (Source: USNPS)

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