The Grand Teton Photo and Field Guide is an encapsulation of the flora, fauna, and photography of Jackson Hole Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park. Also included are thumbnails of the history and geology of the valley. This is an overview, not an encyclopedia. It is a guide and not a novel, so skip over what doesn’t interest you and find what tickles your curiosity. This book is for all visitors with a desire to seek out wildlife, photograph the landscape, or merely learn about the history, geology, and lay of the land of Grand Teton National Park. The author provides general overviews including hot links with more in-depth descriptions of subjects of individual interest.
In the “Lay of the Land” section, includes the obvious highlights along the loop through Grand Teton Park. Hot links to side roads will give you more in-depth description of side roads and feeder roads and their highlights. Also included are descriptions of all two-rut roads that are legal to travel on in Grand Teton Park. GPS links to Google Maps are provided throughout.
As a field guide, profiles of most of animals and birds in the area are described. Jackson Hole is full of wildlife but there are places where animals are, and there are places where they are not. It is a waste of time to scrutinize a landscape devoid of what you are looking for, so this guide narrows options down to the hot spots. Provide are maps of the likeliest places to find the popular critters of Grand Teton National Park. Flora is also covered with an overview of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers with minimal explanations. Also included are explanations of the Greater Yellowstone ecology and wildlife safety tips.
The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. The author shares Grand Teton Park’s plethora of famous vistas as well as many which are less clichéd that can bring new perspectives of a well-documented landscape. In this chapter are explanations of how he sees, what he look for, where to go, and reasons why he shoots the way he does. Grand Tetons’ iconic landscape photo opportunities are described in detail; however, they barely scratch the surface of opportunities as it takes a photographer with an artist’s eye to unveil as they follow their own intuition and vision. The author who shies away from clichéd landscapes provides a chapter of his favorite places that aren’t landscape clichés.
In the photography section the author includes chapters on composition, exposure basics, when to shoot and why. Daryl has summarized what he teaches in his, half day, Grand Teton workshops in a simple concise way.
If you are only in Grand Teton Park for a day there is a chapter called the “Portfolio Packer Morning Trip,” that does just that, all the icons and several favorite places in a five hour blitz. But it is better to spend more time and dig deep into the embarrassment of riches of Grand Teton National Park.
My sister and I are happy to call Daryl our friend and having his excellent book is the next best thing to following him around! We spend a week in Jackson Hole and GTNP every September, and Daryl's guide book is a treasure trove of information. The photos are lovely - identifying all the flora and fauna, not to mention the roads! Anyone visiting would be smart to have this incredible guide book with them to enhance their experience.
Grand Teton Photography and Field Guide
This is an outstanding book and field guide.
It is worth more than a 5 Star rating!
Great resource, lots of info.
I was lucky enough to have Daryl as a guide in Wyoming for a day. He is a great guide and photographer. This book has an incredible amount of info from his vast knowledge. The GPS coordinates for all of the sites that he describes is incredibly helpful for me. One of great things about iBooks and other electronic books sources is that it allows experienced people like Daryl publish a book and share their knowledge. Sometimes the "big" publishers have too much fluff from people who do not actually live where they are writing about. Daryl is out in the field probably every day, and it shows.