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How Beautiful Upon the Mountains
Thursday 18th of August 2011 08:08 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

No matter how sophisticated you may be,
a large granite mountain cannot be denied.
It speaks in silence to the very core of your being.

- Photographer Ansel Adams

I think I loved the Grand Tetons even more than Yellowstone ... and that's saying something.

Maybe I loved it because we experienced the Tetons at a more leisurely pace, including walking a trail between Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake.

Maybe it was the fog that played hide-and-seek with the mountaintops on a beautiful August morning, creating a study of light and shadows.

Maybe it was the break in the trees that revealed a mountain peak reflected in the waters of Jenny Lake.

The walk was a study in contrasts. Along the smooth-as-glass surface of Leigh Lake, we found an overturned National Park Service canoe perched at the edge.

Birdsong was the only accompaniment to our footsteps until we reached the banks of the Snake River, where water fell over the rocks with a different kind of music.

How could you leave this spot feeling anything but thankful?

A Panoramic View of the Grand Tetons

Within this space, the Creator
must have intended
to bring man in humility to his knees.

-- Margaret E. Murrie, Grand Teton Official National Park Handbook, 1984

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