Flying in and out of Jackson can be an amazing experience â€“ or incredibly frustrating if you happen to be unceremoniously, anti-climatically smashed into a window seat on the wrong side of the plane. Iâ€™ve always wanted to shoot the Tetons from the air, so with a healthy bit of snow already frosting the high peaks and a two-day window of photo-friendly high pressure last week, I decided to take chance out of the equation and go up in a little Cessna at sunrise to see what I might see.
At the worst I figured it would be a fun, though somewhat costly adventure, but at the very least I knew the photos would probably be pretty decent. I got up at 4:45 and drove over to Driggs in the dark last Monday morning, only to find a thick bank of clouds over the Grand, and called off the flight. Aerial photoshoots always generate the most anxiety, but the next morning I repeated the nervous drive and everything came together on cue â€“ I spent two hours above 14,000 feet, circling the Tetons in perfect morning light â€“ the sum of which was one of the most ridiculous, incredible spectacles Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to witness since living in Jackson. Turns out the photos were pretty good too.