Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Then and Now #5.

In 1942 Ansel Adams went around the country on a commission from the U.S. National Park Service to record nature as seen in the parks. Below is his famous Teton Range and Snake River photograph.

67 years later, I visited what is pretty close to where he stood and recorded his scene. Different time of day, appears to be around same time of year, the trees have grown and multiplied, but the majesty of the Tetons and the beauty of Jackson Hole remains.

Go, visit.


  1. MK,

    You know that's interesting, because I recently heard or read about someone publishing all the exact GPS coordinates for some of the more famous historical pictures across the US, or something like that. And at the end it mentioned the exact shot posted above, but that tall trees have obscured the view of Snake river from the position that Ansel Adams would have originally stood when making this iconic photograph! Pretty cool eh?

    Cheers, Jeremy

  2. Very cool!

    Actually, I took down a set of coordinates before we left that I found on the web and--it turned out--they were nowhere near the right spot. Then I went to google earth and tried to figure it out for myself. You can get really low on the horizon then move around to what appears to be the right angle of view. So I marked those coordinates and went to check it out. It was close but still not quite right.

    But as I was leaving that spot, heading down hwy 89, we pulled over to take in the view at a pull-out called (appropriately enough) Snake River overlook... and it all came into focus. This was it! A freaking scenic overlook! Funny as hell.