As we move west in our vast country, the look and character of barns changes. My only opportunity to photograph barns in the West so far has been in Grand Teton National park in Wyoming. I have read and viewed wonderful photographs of barns and farms in the Pacific Northwest; especially in the Palouse region of Washington. While this area is on my photographic “bucket list,” I have also read that many of the wonderful old barns are being razed and in some cases, replaced, with less photogenic new structures. I can only hope I will get there while there are still some left.
While in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in May of 2012, I had the good fortune to photograph two of the more famous barns in the United States (indeed, the first “Moulton Barn” pictured is reputed to be the most photographed barn in the world), the “Moulton Barns” in Grand Teton National Park. While these barns are both traditional “Western” barns, what makes them spectacular is the backdrop of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. We got lucky, finding snow covered peaks. Unfortunately, we worked and worked for it, but couldn’t find any dramatic skies. I will be back there.
He thinks my judgment is flawed, but my favorite image of the second Moulton Barn is of my best friend and photo-traveling buddy, Rich,contemplating the magnificence in front of him.
When photographing these barns, it is easy to overlook a couple of the other barns nearby. These barns are in an old settlement known as “Grovont.” The first one is an old homestead just beyond the second Moulton Barn.
The other is directly across the road from the iconic first Moulton Barn. I am told there are some other photogenic barns and ranches in the near vicinity and will seek them out for sure on my next trip to Grand Teton NP.