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Grand Teton National Park; Iconic Images 2

John Moulton Barn, Mormon Row, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
Copyright Andy Richards 2012

After spending a sunrise on Sunday morning at Schwabacher Landing, we headed back down Wyoming Highway US 89 about 2 ½ miles to Antelope Flats Road. Turning East, a short distance down this road, we crossed Mormon Row. Just to the North is the second of the famous “Moulton Barns,” which has been said to be the most photographed Western Barn in the United States (the Famous Jenne Farm in Vermont claims the honor as the most photographed barn in the United States, overall. I don’t know how you would prove either one of these claims, but they are both very photogenic, and that is what really counts).

The Moulton Barns are part of a Mormon Settlement around the 1890s known as Grovont

Grovont Barns, Mormon Row, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

The first or “South” Moulton Barn, built by Mormon John Moulton in the 1890s, is perhaps the most uniquely “Western ranch” in its styling, and is also oft-photographed. This area of the road, in the middle of the Valley known simply as “Jackson Hole,” was once a small village or town known as Grovont (and still shows up on my DeLorme™ mapping software and Google™ Maps), actually has several barns and structures and is all now part of the Grand Teton National Park. I am told that in season you can arrive at the barn early and still be competing with a lineup of photographers to shoot. Because we were in the Park before Memorial Day, we saw other shooters, but much of the time, had the venue to ourselves. The setting creates many different photographic compositional possibilities, from a long view out in the field to the East of the Barn, to up close.

The Teton Range in the background, with its snow covered peaks, is what makes this a special scene

John Moulton Barn, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

There are usually some horses in the fields behind the barn, and occasionally, bison, coyotes, and pronghorn sheep also in the background. It is not uncommon for bison to wander up around the barns. We visited the barns 4 times during our trip, but alas, never in that golden early morning light. The third morning, we made it our sunrise destination. Mother Nature was uncooperative, however and there simply was no sunrise. A rain/snow system was moving in, however, and we were able to get some interesting fog and cloud images of the background Tetons. I stood for a long time waiting for the fast moving clouds to clear the Grand Teton Peak and never got a shot with it completely in the clear that morning.

John Moulton Barn, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

There are usually some horses in the fields behind the barn, and occasionally, bison, coyotes, and pronghorn sheep also in the background and it is not uncommon for bison to wander up around the barns

Horses behind John Moulton Barn, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

One bit of fun was the lone horse in the corral at the barns just to the Southeast of the Moulton Barn.  “Mr. Ed” took an interest in me and my photography, giving Rich a great photo-op with two models (though one of them is a bit long in the tooth) J.

Andy Richards and “photographic assistant, “John Moulton Barn, Grand Teton NP
Copyright 2012 Rich Pomeroy (Richard Pomeroy Photography)

The second “North” Moulton Barn was built by Thomas Moulton around the same time. This more traditional looking barn is “Western” enough, nonetheless. With some outbuildings and an old corral, the North Barn gives some interesting photographic opportunities all of its own. I spent some time working this scene up close and from the traditional distance. The Teton Range in the background, with its snow covered peaks, though, is what makes this a special scene.

Thomas Moulton Barn, Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

Thomas Murphy Homestead; Grand Teton NP, Wyoming
copyright 2012 Andy Richards

The Northern-most ranch on Mormon Row (it is not now accessible other than on foot, as the road ends just before the Thomas Moulton ranch), is the Thomas Murphy Homestead. We did not walk all the way out there, but some shots I have since viewed on the internet makes me wonder why I didn’t. I will plan to do so when I return to Jackson Hole, which will be in the hopefully near future.

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