this past weekend, my wife and i went xc-skiing up in grand teton national park. we had never been there before, and it did not disappoint! plus i had never been skiing before, so now i will have to get a pair since we live in salt lake city.
having never been there before, i had really no clue where anything was. especially in winter, where a lot of the roads are closed. most of the view points are of the same vantage, albeit a few miles apart. i didn't visit the barns, or didn't get down to oxbow bend or on the banks of the snake river. it was a birthday getaway, not a photo trip after all. just all the reason to head back up there.
on the last morning, i stopped at snake river overlook. not really my favorite vantage point - but still i wanted to check it out. if i had more time, i would've skipped this altogether and skied or snow shoed into somewhere.
after being here for the "blue hour", and right when the alpenglow was starting to show, a car pulled up and they sat in the car for maybe 10 minutes; maybe having second thoughts? well, it ended up being a workshop of 3. at least it wasn't an instructor with 5+ people - which in my opinion is strictly a money grab at that point.
so the sunrise was uneventful in terms of photography, but i still enjoyed just sitting there and breathing it all in. as i was doing nothing, i saw these sweet patterns in the snow. the wind had created these patterns the night before, and it was pristine! as the workshop was so lost in the viewfinder of their cameras, i was capturing the small scenes.
it seems that more and more nowadays, people are getting lost behind the camera that they actually miss out on the big picture; being out in nature and slowing down to enjoy it. most sunrises, i just sit there and enjoy it. i mean what is the whole point of being out there when you can't appreciate it?