Category Archives: Wyoming

John Moulton Homestead

It’s been awhile since I’ve gone back into my archives, but since I’m heading back to Grand Teton National Park I thought I’d look back through my images to look over some past scenes and also to see if there were some I never got around to processing. I noticed this one of the John Moulton Barn and Homestead.  Many images are taken of the famous Thomas Moulton Barn, but this is his brother John’s Barn and homestead.

I caught this image right after the morning sunrise and used a 17mm tilt-shift to capture the wide perspective as the storm clouds rolled past the homestead. The morning light is really nice on this homestead after sunrise and the sage give it a nice foreground element leading up to the homestead.

I’m looking forward to heading back to Wyoming again and hopefully showing some photographers this area who have never seen it before.  It’s truly a sight for the senses!

Home on the Range

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Miller Cabin | Grand Teton National Park

This is Miller Cabin.  This cabin sits just outside of the National Elk Refuge near Grand Teton National Park along the road to Flat Creek. It’s a wonderful peaceful property with great views of Teton Mountain out behind the Elk Refuge.

Miller Cabin was the cabin of  Robert A. Miller the first superintendent of  Teton National Monument. Miller took up residence in Jackson Hole in 1865 and then eventually settled along Flat Creek. He helped organize the town of Jackson back in 1901 and was the president of the local bank. His wife actually served two terms as Mayor back in the 1920’s.  Miller was chosen to be the administrator of the Teton Division of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve and eventually established the National Elk Refuge in 1912 near where this cabin resides.  Miller ran the refuge from the house near this cabin. This cabin served as Miller’s home before his time with the Timberland Reserve when he was with the Forest Service. This cabin is now maintained the U.S. Forest Service.

Miller Cabin | Grand Teton National Park | Rick Louie Photography

Miler Cabin near the National Elk Refuge along the road to Flat Creek in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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12 Best Landscapes 2013 – Part 2

This is part 2 of 12 Best Landscapes 2013 and I continue on today with 2 more of my favorite landscapes. We stay in the Grand Teton National Park area. My first image today was however not in the National Park, but on the west side of mountain range on the Idaho Side of the Teton mountain range. This image was taken from Driggs, Idaho and a view that was a first for me this year. It challenges for one of the best views of Grand Teton Mountain I’ve ever seen. The west side of the mountain range is surrounded by farmland the mountain is magnified as it standup among the rolling grassland on the Idaho Side of the Tetons.

Idaho Grand Teton Sunset

Idaho Grand Teton Sunset | Click to Enlarge

Image number 4 takes us back into Grand Teton National Park, but this time at night along Oxbow Bend. Oxbow Bend is a quiet bend in the Snake River with amazing views of Mt. Moran and is known for some amazing sunrises with spectacular reflections on the Snake River. The river at that bend is slow-moving and makes for glass like water to give off that amazing reflection. Ryan Wright and I went there at night this time to capture some stars and the Milky Way. Here is the Milky Way and the stars reflecting off of the glass-like water at Oxbow Bend.

Milky Way at Oxbow Bend by Rick Louie Photography

Milky Way at Oxbow Bend | Click to see it Large


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12 Best Landscapes 2013

Starting today I’m giving you a look back at my year and giving you my 12 favorite landscapes for 2013. I’ll be posting two of my favorites each day, except on Christmas, from now till the end of the year with a special post on New Years!  Let’s get started with the 12 Best Landscapes 2013!

The journey began this year with one of my favorite locations, Moab, Utah.  Moab is located just outside two National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands and some of the most scenic places in the county.  This year it was the host location for the NXNW photo blogger’s tour and Justin Balog and myself were host to some great photobloggers.  Be sure to check out their blogs and  their beautiful work. (Michael Criswell, Mark GarbowskiBob Lussier, Chris Nitz,  Dave Wilson). Yes we experiences some amazing scenery, but mostly creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

One of the iconic locations we visited was Delicate Arch and so we wanted to capture it at sunset and then hang around and so some light painting of the arch. We happened to run into another tour group that was going to light paint the arch as we’ll  and it just happened to be led by non other than photographer Dave Black. Such a fun evening outing in the desert southwest.  Here’s the result of that evening’s excursion, a light painting of Delicate Arch.

Delicate Arch Light Painting

Delicately Glowing – Click to Enlarge

My travels this year then took me back to Grand Teton National Park with photographer Ryan Wright.  We hit Grand Teton early in the summer and was able to capture much the Tetons with snow-capped peaks. The Tetons are such a spectacular mountain range and so different front the mountains here in Colorado. There are no foothills and the peaks just rise straight up in dramatic fashion.

One of my favorite icons is along Mormon Row and the iconic Thomas Moulton Barn. It’s just spectacular at sunrise and develops this patina finish as the sun rises in the morning. The Thomas Alma Moulton Barn celebrated its 100th Birthday this year! It’s such a beautiful site.  I never get tired of looking at it.

T.A. Moulton Barn

TA Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge

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Teton Views

I don’t think Teton Views ever get old.  Ryan Wright and I were exploring some forest service access roads this summer out near Pacific Creek and heading back saw this amazing view of the snow-capped Grand Teton Mountain Range. There mountains are so spectacular in Grand Teton National Park and I think because the mountains go directly up from the valley floor and there are no foothills like here in Colorado. I definitely need to get back again. It’s one of my favorite places.

Teton Views - Wyoming Photography by Rick Louie

Teton Views – Click to Enlarge or Purchase

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Morning at John Moulton Barn

I was just reminiscing about some of the places I’ve been this past year and thinking about some trips I want to take next year and Grand Teton National Park seems to alway pop up on the list. The park never seems really crowded and not over commercialized and the beauty of the park is just overwhelming.

This was early morning at John Moulton Barn. I love the sunlight on this barn just after sunrise and like to capture it from the willows.  You can move up along the willows and get many different perspectives of the barn. This particular morning the evening storm clouds were moving over the Teton Mountain Range onto the prairie so I capture the last bits of it along the range allowing the wonderful blue Wyoming skies to take over for the day. What an amazing view to wake up to every morning!

Morning at John Moulton Barn

Morning at John Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge

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Schwabacher Sunrise

I’m taking you back to Grand Teton National Park today for a Schwbacher Sunrise!  Schwabacher Landing is such a special place and the sunrise on the last trip with Ryan Wright was just spectacular. The road to Schwabacher Landing was closed this year, so getting down there for sunrise meant a half hour hike in the dark.  It was truly worth it! This image was just after the alpenglow had gone, but the light on the mountain tops and the clouds was still special with a nice golden glow.  I zoomed in a little closer on this image than my previous image giving more attention to Teton Mountain. A duck had just swam by so the water was still a little unsettled, but still made for a nice reflection

I wanted to give Ryan Wright a special shout out.  He’s the creator behind my new logo and has allowed me to tie my two business together with logos. He’s got a special talent for design and always a great navigator on our trips. He’s such a giving person and truly fun on road trips. If you want a special landscape photographer to follow head over to Ryan Wright Photography. You won’t be disappointed.

Sunrise at Schwabacher Landing

Sunrise at Schwbacher Landing | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

I’m extending my Labor Day Sale through the end of the Month!  I’ve just added this image to the collection. I’ve got a busy month with fall photo tours so instead of taking it down I’m just going to leave it up for the month.  Take advantage of the special savings!

Labor Day Print Sale

Labor Day Savings Extended! – Click to Save!

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Lake Marie

The Snowy Range is one of the new places I had a chance to visit this year.  It’s only about 3 hours away and definitely a place I need to go back to and explore in more detail. The trip to Lake Marie was just a quick stop along the way to the Grand Tetons, but the early morning sunrise at Lake Marie just left me wanting more. There was still quite a bit of snowpack in the area for our June trip and trails and walkways were only accessible via snowshoe. The Snowy Range held up to its name.

This sunrise shot unfortunately was not greeted with much cloud cover, but the reflection off of Lake Marie was still an awesome site for the eyes, especially as the alpenglow hit the top of the Medicine Bow Peak.  Medicine Bow Peak is the highest point in Southern Wyoming at 12,013 feet.

Lake Marie in the Snow Mountain Range, Wyoming

Lake Marie in the Snowy Mountain Range, Wyoming – Click to Enlarge

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Lake Marie Waterfall

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since I went to Wyoming. Ryan Wright and I started off the trip with an early morning drive to the Snow Mountain Range and Lake Marie. We had never been to this location but have heard it was an amazing place. It’s only about 3 hours from home so I may have to make a trip up to this area again and do some more exploring.

The area and trail around the lake was still snow packed and while the peaks of the range was dry there was still snow. The morning was not ideal. It was a cloudless sky, but the location was beautiful and the sunrise was still wonderful. There was a waterfall coming from Lake Marie that flowed underneath the highway on the other side down to a larger waterfall into the South French Creek. I ventured out on the snow pack and captured the inlet waterfall out of Lake Marie with the Medicine Bow Peak as a backdrop.

Lake Marie Waterfall

Lake Marie Waterfall | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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