3 hours ago
I’m turning my back on marrakech now, i’ve exhausted my catalogue and i’ve definitely exhausted your patience. for no particular reason i’m going to post on a couple of very different locations in usa. not much of a relationship between them.
my first, today, mormon row in the tetons.
we visited this part of the country on the way up from jackson, wyoming to yellowstone national park. being, in this regard at least, mildly pessimistic (actually maybe only in this regard ...oh, and the direction of contemporary politics, but aren’t we all)...anyway, being mildly pessimistic i approach iconic locations like yellowstone with some trepidation that they just won’t live up to expectations. having seen so many wonderful tv documentaries about that place how could it?
but in anticipating yellowstone i had given not enough attention to the grand tetons seeing the region only as part of the route north and not an end in itself...although on our old fashioned paper map many of the roads were lined with little green dots indicating that the route was “scenic”....turned out to be “cartographer’s understatement!” thus some surprise and much delight to find the tetons as exquisitely beautiful as they were, a dramatic mountain range as a backdrop to a land of mercury-calm lakes and sweetly curving rivers and teaming with wild life, early morning herds of elk although neither bear nor moose...but pelicans with big red rubber feet a thousand miles from the sea.
the area the subject of ansel adams’ work, his famous “bend in the snake river” and the mountains appearing often in his iconic images.
we detoured to visit mormon row, an area of meadow and a couple of the most beautifully crafted “vernacular buildings” it’s ever been my good fortune to visit. timber, really “log” construction, beautifully and ingeniously detailed and such an elegant sectional form. “tradition and craft”are among the best partnerships in architecture.
by the way, yellowstone was by no measure anticlimactic.
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