Look Both Ways

Andrew and Ida Chambers Homestead. Part of the Mormon Row Historic District of Grand Teton National Park

I’m kind of used to people looking at me funny when I am stooped over my tripod composing a scene instead of taking the ubiquitous ‘selfie’ with my phone. I was reminded of that while visiting the Mormon Row Historic area of Grand Teton National Park. While everyone else’s lenses were pointed at the Moulton Barns, I was facing the other way looking for compositions on the other side of the road.

Andrew and Ida Chambers Homestead. Part of the Mormon Row Historic District of Grand Teton National Park

Kathy is often reminding me to “turn around.” But this time I remembered it on my own!

Andrew and Ida Chambers Homestead. Part of the Mormon Row Historic District of Grand Teton National Park

A Very Nice View

Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park

The Chapel of the Transfiguration is a small log chapel in Grand Teton National Park, in the community of Moose. The chapel was sited and built to frame a view of the Cathedral Group of peaks in a large window behind the altar. The chapel, which was built in 1925, is owned and operated by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson. The church is open daily, and still hosts services on Sunday. On the day of our visit, an organist was playing in the chapel.

Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park

The chapel was built to serve guests and employees of the dude ranches that stretched north of Jackson along the base of the Teton Range. The land was donated by Maud Noble, owner of nearby Menor’s Ferry, predating the establishment of Grand Teton National Park in 1929 and its expansion into the Moose area in 1950. The chapel played a primary role in the movie Spencer’s Mountain, which was filmed in Jackson Hole in 1963, and featured Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.

Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park
Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park

The chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 10, 1980.

Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park
Chapel of the Transfiguration. Grand Teton National Park

A Visit To The Gordon Parks Museum

The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS

Yes, I’m sort of working backwards through my (4,888!) photos from this trip, because there are so many from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It’s gonna take me a while to get through them all!

Hoping for extra credit in Professor Curto’s History of Photography class 😉 Kathy & I visited Fort Scott, KS to see the Gordon Parks Museum. We had previously been to Fort Scott in 2020 to visit the Fort Scott National Historic Site, but the museum had been closed.

The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS

From the Museum website:

After Gordon Parks attended the first-ever Gordon Parks Celebration in 2004, he gifted the Gordon Parks Center with 30 of his photographs. This spectacular group includes many of his iconic works such as American Gothic, Tuskegee Airmen, Flavio, Ali Sweating, Ingrid Bergman on Stromboli and many others.

In 2006, after his death, his personal effects and other memorabilia, per Gordon’s wishes, were given to the Museum. This valuable collection included many of his awards and medals, personal photos, paintings and drawings of Gordon, plaques, certificates, diplomas and honorary doctorates, selected books and articles, clothing, record player, tennis racquet, magazine articles, his collection of Life magazines and much more.

Since that time, more gifts have been given by his family and friends such as his camera, gifted by his daughter Toni Parks; his film camera and tripod, donated by his son David Parks; a collection of photographs of Gordon donated by Patricia DuBose Duncan, and much more. These gifts have made this collection substantive and significant and we are proud of Gordon’s faith in us to preserve and protect his legacy.

The museum houses a nice collection of Parks memorabilia, including a number of prints, some cameras, numerous awards and displays chronicling Parks’ life and work. I knew him as a photographer and film maker but didn’t realize that he was also a talented musician, composer, writer and poet.

Photos of Gordon Parks on display at The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
Selected prints of Gordon Parks’ photographs. The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
Selected prints of Gordon Parks’ photographs. The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS
The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS

A Stop In Fort Collins

Prairie Dogs at Pine Ridge Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado

After our two weeks exploring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, we started our journey home with a quick stop in Fort Collins, CO to see our buddy Monte. We packed a lot into a little over a day!

Pine Ridge Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado
Monte photographing at Pine Ridge Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado

 Monte met us at our motel and we had fun catching up over a nice dinner. The next morning while Kathy slept in, I met Monte at Pine Ridge Natural Area, one of his usual haunts. After an hour or so of burning pixels, we retreated to Cups, one of Monte’s regular coffee shops.

Salsify blossom. Pine Ridge Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado

We went our separate ways for the rest of the morning, then met up after lunch for a drive out to the Pawnee National Grassland just east of Fort Collins. High winds from an approaching storm system made for challenging conditions on the ground but gifted us with some very interesting skies.

Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado
Monte photographing the interesting clouds over Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, Colorado

We had a second dinner before signing off and getting packed up for the rest of the journey home. It was great to see Monte again and catch up in person instead of just virtually through our blogs!

Postcard From Grand Teton National Park

View of the Teton Range from Mormon Row Historic District, Grand Teton National Park

We wrapped up our western swing with a 2 day visit to Jackson, WY and Grand Teton National Park. This is a classic view of the Teton Range from an area called the Mormon Row Historic District. The photo is a bit of a cliche but I can’t imagine a photographer passing it by. Some photographs just need to be taken! We had some pretty nice clouds on this day, which helps a lot.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a beautiful location, where the Yellowstone River has carved a magnificent canyon with several waterfalls. We were fortunate to time a visit to Artist Point to photograph a rainbow that occurs at the Lower Falls at certain times of the year.

Artist Point was originally named in 1883 by Frank Jay Haynes who improperly believed that the point was the place at which painter Thomas Moran sketched his 1872 depictions of the falls. Later work determined that the sketches were made from the north rim, but the name Artist Point stuck.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Midway Geyser Basin is home of the famous Grand Prismatic Spring as well as a number of other equally impressive features. We did see Grand Prismatic, but on the day of our visit the temperatures were in the low 30s, making for a lot of steam. Despite being in the “off season” the place got so busy later in the day when the temperatures did warm up, that we elected to go in the morning before all the selfie-shooting tourists showed up and crowded the boardwalk.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Old Faithful

Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Kathy & I have decided that there is such a thing as “Geyser Fatigue.” 🙂 But geysers are one of the highlights of visiting Yellowstone. The most famous one of all is Old Faithful, so it deserved a spot on this postcard. We had a room facing the geyser basin and specifically Old Faithful, so we watched it erupt numerous times over the four days we stayed at the Old Faithful Inn.

Postcard From Yellowstone: Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Kathy & I are wrapping up our visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It’s been a great couple of weeks, with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and some interesting weather. We had very limited connectivity in the parks (a good thing!) and also limited time to look at photos (also a good thing). This is a sample of the images from our first stop in Yellowstone, at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Yo Ho Ho, Etc.

Stade’s Rum Distillery on Barbados

Those who know me know that I love to bring home “liquid souvenirs” from our travels. Our recent cruise on Celebrity Beyond was no exception. For our visit to the island of Barbados I had arranged a tour to take us to three distilleries. As luck would have it, our driver/guide for the day is a rum aficionado, so he was the ideal person for us to spend the day with. He also had a great place for us to have an authentic Bajan lunch!

Foursquare Distillery on Barbados
Tour and tasting at Foursquare Distillery on Barbados
Barrels of Rum at Foursquare Distillery on Barbados
Tour and tasting at Foursquare Distillery on Barbados

We visited Foursquare, Mount Gay and Stade’s distilleries, and brought home several bottles from each.  Just like with bourbon, gin and other spirits, rum distilleries all have their individual stories, methods and recipes. It is interesting to learn about them, in the interest of science, of course. 😉

Original Mount Gay Pot Still from 1760. At Mount Gay Rum on Barbados
Tour and tasting at Mount Gay Rum on Barbados
Mount Gay Rum on Barbados

I have finally completed all of the processing from our winter adventures and posted galleries on my Adobe Portfolio page.

Tour and tasting at Stade’s Rum Distillery on Barbados
Stade’s Rum Distillery on Barbados

Photographs and stuff!