23 Mar 14. Our only trip so far to Grand Tetons National Park had us drive down WA to OR, then drive across OR to ID, and finally cut across ID to WY. The ID to WY portion of the drive took us along ID Hwy 26 where we encountered the Bear Tooth Maples for the first time. I was so fixed on photographing them that I missed a lot of beautiful country side as we made our way to where they were located. Last fall we made a trip from Yellowstone to try and shoot them again, and I believe I shared one photo from that shoot with you. Although we took a very different route this time to get to the trees, that last leg of it was once again on Hwy 26. I didn't recognize it when we initially turned onto it, but it wasn't long before I did and this time made an effort to see everything there was to see. Along the way I noticed a small grouping of what I believe to be sagebrush; a group of somewhat larger plants than I'm accustomed to seeing. The lighting wasn't good, but the group of plants was most inviting and I took a few frames thinking that they would make for some nice B&W compositions. Indeed they did, or at least the one I worked up did, but the color version came out even better than the B&W, at least on the graphics box, and I decided I'd share it rather than the B&W version. This was shot in early afternoon light in Sept so the golden color of the grasses shouldn't be too surprising.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality, and then given a slight micro contrast adjustment. And that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 7.1.