Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing is a scenic place on the snake river in Grand Teton National Park. The river winds through the fields and forests at a slow pace providing some mirror like images of the Grand Teton Mountains. It's been said that photographs taken from here are the most famous of mountain-scape images.

Schwabacher Landing is why Teton National Park is famous for its scenery. Click on this link for a map on how to get to the parking area. When you arrive at the parking area you will see a good view of the Grand Tetons, but in my opinion this is not the best spot. Head down to the snake river and you will see a trail heading north. Take this trail that follows the river for about a 1/4 mile to an opening and a calm area in the river. Most likely there will be a group of photogs already in place. The mountain range runs north and south, and Schwabacher is on the east side of the mountains, it's almost exclusively a sunrise spot. You could get some cool silhouettes in the evening with an orange sky, but mainly your best bet will be right when the sun strikes the peaks of The Grand Tetons.

When I was photographing at Schwabacher Landing I could hear an elk bugling. It's a beautiful scene for all your senses, but one must be aware that this is a wild area and it's wise to take caution, especially at dawn or dusk when the animals are out and about. Beware that this is also bear country, it's always wise to carry bear spray.

When in Grand Teton and the Yellowstone area Schwabacher Landing is a must see. This weeks post picture was taken at sunrise with a 16-35mm at f16. I used a 2 stop split grad ND filter to help balance the light in the scene.