The Teton Mountains form the western edge of the world-famous Jackson Hole, a broad valley floor rimmed by the Washakie Range to the north and east and the Gros Ventre and Wyoming ranges to the south and east.
It is generally believed that no white man set foot in Teton County prior to 1800. The valley we know today as Jackson Hole was once the summer hunting ground of the Blackfoot, Crow, and Arapahoe Indians, and a hideaway for men escaping from the law.
In this photograph the first light of an early autumn morning spreads down the face of the Tetons, gently bringing the natural world to life. Snow from the night before cloaks the entire Teton range in a fresh blanket of white while the sound of chickadees and meadowlarks fill the air. Nearby, elk, bison, coyotes, and bears are often seen along the lakes’ edge, feeding on whatever is available as the day breaks. The granite peaks of the Tetons remain snow-covered throughout most of the year and may often melt around late July.