Road Trip: Day 1
Schwabacher’s Landing, in the southern part of Grand Teton National Park, is a great spot for morning photographs of the Cathedral Group (Grand Teton and Mounts Owen and Teewinot) reflected in a sidewater of the Snake River. Driving north from Jackson on the Jackson Hole Highway, past Moose Junction, Antelope Flats Road (on the right) and Glacier View Turnout (on the left), you will come to the gravel road to Schwabacher Landing on the left — take it all the way to the parking lot at the end. A fisherman’s trail parallels this Snake River sidewater, offering various ways to frame the Tetons with river, reflecting pools, grass, trees and a beaver dam in the foreground. The best spots are to the north (to the right as you face the river), amid some woods. Don’t hesitate to walk a few hundred yards up this trail; many people do not actually make it to the best reflecting pool since it is not visible from the parking lot. I prefer to shoot at Schwabacher Landing 30 minutes or more after sunrise, when the sun has risen enough to shed some light on the trees in the foreground. Sunrise photos at Schwabacher Landing can offer pink mountain tops and clouds, but the shadows in the foreground will be deep requiring split ND filters or HDR digital blending.
A beaver dam floods a sidewater of the Snake River, creating a pond near Schwabacher Landing.
Image ID: 07341
Species: Beaver, Castor canadensis
Location: Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA