Thursday, August 30, 2012

paintbrush-cascade canyon loop -- backpacking.

My summer has been crazy busy and it's been hard to find time to do one of my most favorite things -- backpacking. Back in the days when I had three days in a row off every week with David, we were exploring new parts of the forest constantly. But here, juggling three jobs and finding the right weather for this can be difficult to coordinate. A little over a week ago I found time to do one of the loops that I've wanted to do since I moved here three years ago -- Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon, done as a 19.2 mile loop. Daunting, yes, and would I have liked to do it in more than two days? Yes. But at this point I've realized that a 12 mile day hike is nothing with these mountain legs that I've acquired. With David dj-ing the night before at the Tavern, we only got about 4.5 hours of sleep before we were up and at 'em around 8 am. We headed to the ranger station to find that all of the permits for the North Fork Cascade Canyon campsite were taken. This would have been the halfway point on our trip. I ended up snagging a permit for Upper Paintbrush Canyon, but that was only 7.5 miles into our 19.2 mile trip. That would mean quite a long second day. Ugh.

Wildfire smoke filled the valley and we set out on our journey up a hazy Paintbrush Canyon. It really isn't that scenic of a hike until you get up into the Holly Lake area. And it never stops going up. Whew! I guess by the time we picked out a campsite in the upper reaches of the canyon, surrounded by towering peaks, I was happy to not have to walk anymore, even if it did mean tackling 12.something miles the next day. Our lack of sleep was not so good for the stamina. Our campsite was amazing. I've never seen anything like it up there. Wow.

The next day we hiked up and over Paintbrush Divide, the highest divide in the Tetons, and dropped (way!!) down to Lake Solitude and Cascade Canyon. And Solitude it was. Such a pretty little mountain gem, tucked way back amidst the towering Teton peaks. It had rained the night before, so the Tetons were slightly visible through the mist as we traveled deeper into Cascade Canyon. Wildflowers were abundant and little streams crossed the trail multiple times. If I was a bear I would have been hanging out there, but we didn't see one.

After lots of downhill hiking, we finally reached Jenny Lake and our car and were excited to rest our tired legs with a float down Fish Creek near our house to top off an amazing weekend. What a successful, beautiful trip!

Almost all of these photos were shot on Fuji Pro 400H film. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

jackson hole wedding photographer | ryan & sarah | preview!

Cheers to Ryan and Sarah, who eloped in Alpine, Wyoming last night at the Flying Saddle Resort. The smoke had cleared from the valley and we had a beautiful evening with incredibly romantic light. Congrats you two, and enjoy your trip to Grand Teton National Park!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

jackson hole wedding photographer | tom & milissa | preview!

Happy Sunday! It just happens to be my favorite day of the week. Lucky me, I had the privilege of photographing this amazing bride and groom yesterday for their wedding at Trail Creek Ranch. Wait till you see the rest of these images! Congrats to these newlyweds!

Monday, August 13, 2012

san diego engagement photographer | daniel & helena

I love this couple! Daniel and Helena have known each other since high school but eventually moved down to the LA area so Helena can pursue her career in costume design. Daniel popped the question in April when they were back home in Washington, and everyone was thrilled. I was down in San Diego for my sister's wedding, so we thought it was only fitting to take some engagement photos in the state where they've been building their lives together for the past few years. Congrats Daniel and Helena, and I can't wait for your wedding next summer!