Views from the Craig Thomas Visitor Center, Grand Tetons

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

The best part about the Craig Thomas Visitor Center is that it is located in Moose, Wyoming! I happen to love everything MOOSE. On my second trip to Alaska I saw plenty of them and came home with all kinds of MOOSE crap, er, I mean lovely MOOSE souvenirs.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

To my dismay, on this trip to Big Sky Country I saw no MOOSE (meese?). Plenty of bison and elk but none of my favorites. So the name of this town had to suffice…

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

But, how can I complain when the views from here were so gorgeous?

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

As you can see from the photo at top, the architecture of the building rivaled the surrounding landscape, and that’s saying a lot.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

I couldn’t decide if the colors of the trees, the textures of the grasses or the majestic views of the Tetons were the most beautiful. This whole trip was an embarrassment of riches.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

As you can imagine it took me quite a while to walk over to the visitor center… I didn’t want to be indoors when faced with this luscious outdoors.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

I would walk a few inches and another view worthy of photographing would present itself.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Inside the center was an interesting display of Native American Indian artifacts from the Vernon Collection.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

Oh, wait, I was mistaken… I DID see a MOOSE… isn’t he elegant? Do you think my HOA would mind if I put him in front of the building?

Craig Thomas Visitor Center

This last photo was actually the first photo I took at the visitor center. 99% of my photos are “as shot” with sometimes some cropping and always post-processed in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. But I’m not a photojournalist and once in a while I go above and beyond. This is one such case. When I shot this I knew I would have to do a little Photoshop magic to get the image I saw in my mind. In the foreground was a parking lot. So I had to move the bench a couple of feet and make the parking spaces disappear to make it work.

Craig Thomas Visitors Center

This is the photo as my camera saw it. I shoot all my photos in RAW (and hi-res JPEG as a backup) and I have learned with digital photography it’s better to over-expose so I can bring out the details or dramatic effect in Lightroom.

However, no amount of Lightrooming or Photoshopping will compensate for a bad photograph in the camera… make no mistake about that! Photography is much art as skill as far as I am concerned. Ansel Adams always made his photos look like his own personal vision of the scene.

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8 thoughts on “Views from the Craig Thomas Visitor Center, Grand Tetons

  1. Jill Weatherholt October 6, 2016 / 5:05 am

    LOL! I love that you love everything moose, Roslyn. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your fabulous photographs. What a beautiful place. I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave if I visited.

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    • RMW October 6, 2016 / 8:29 am

      I would love to have a pet moose but I’m afraid I would have trouble getting those antlers through the front door!

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  2. Dalo 2013 October 6, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Such incredible photos ~ and for me there is nothing quite like the look and feel of the air of the Tetons 🙂

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    • RMW October 7, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Thanks, It is like another world.

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  3. Annika Perry October 9, 2016 / 7:31 am

    A wonderful post about Moose! Great place name but no moose?! But you did get to see bison – wow, I’d be so excited to see them in real life! The scenery is stunning and had to smile at your phrase of it being ‘an embarrassment’ – oh, never but all round beauty -plus your moose statue.

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    • RMW October 9, 2016 / 10:24 am

      If there was one disappointing thing on the trip it was the lack of moose sightings… however, everything else more than made up for it! It was great to see so many bison herds.

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  4. Kamila Pala October 13, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Fantastic place ad amazing set of photos – thanks for sharing! Bye. Kamila

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