Jax Camera Club
Jacksonville Camera Club
Running on Snow
Canon 5D MkIII, 70-200 lens at 155mm, f6.3 and ISO 800…plus a tripod
The Turban Lily (lilium superbum) grows from Alberta, down through North Florida and all points East. They thrive in cool moisture.
Jack (Stephens) and I were driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Ashville NC on June 6th, 2016 when these beauties caught my eye.
They were growing out of a crevasse in a wet granite cliff at a sharp narrow turn in the road. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out of the car with my camera, ignoring Jack’s warnings of imminent death by auto.
Every minute, or so, I had to flatten myself against the cliff to let traffic go by, then wait another minute for the turbulence to subside. A tripod was out of the question.
My wife and I had a chance to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. As skiers we always read about Jackson Hole but we never made it there.
The image was taken in the Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton range is one of the most spectacular in the world. What makes it stand out is the fact that it rises to a vertical height of 7000 feet, with virtually an unobstructed view, from the Jackson Hole Valley.
We visited there in May of 2012 and spent about three days photographing before moving on to Yellow Stone Park, In May there are almost no tourists. The mountains are still covered in snow and the temperatures are cool, with plenty of fog banks in the morning and clouds later in the day.
Lodging in Jackson Hole is plentiful and only 20 minutes away from the entrance of the park.
Gordon lives in the westside of Jacksonville. Most approach via Roosevelt Blvd (US-17). See Map below.
5547 Ortega Farms Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32244
Notes: Gordon has a gate across his entrance that is locked after 7:00 PM. If you need access phone him at the home number and the gate can be opened from the house. The studio is in the building to the right as you enter, entrance is on the back side. Park carefully, avoiding any sprinklers. Paved surfaces are best.