Gateway to Paradise ranch

Two summers ago I pitched a tent at Signal Mountain Campground in the Tetons. It was late June/early July and the temps at night got down into the 30s.

Right outside the Park is a horse ranch and I was there at first light (@ 5:30 am) to photograph some prancing stallions.

Unfortunately, none materialized.  The ‘golden moment’ quickly dispersed and I was left with this ‘consolation’ image of a gate framing the Grand Tetons in the distance.

🙂 🙂 🙂

10 Replies to “Gateway to Paradise”

  1. Wow, now this is somewhere I wouldn’t mind camping, or hiking for a week. These are the places you can let your mind relax a little.


    1. I have started to visit the Tetons/Yellowstone regularly now, and find them to be very special places. Thanks…


  2. Beautiful John!!!!

    Enjoyed your company this morning John shooting the Eagle hope you can find time to do it more. 🙂


  3. I LOVE this photo. It is so enchanting to just stop and stare at a gate for a while because you never know ahead of time what doing so may bring to mind. We all come to gates during our lifetimes, open, broken, locked, forbidden, inviting. A friend is a landscape artist, well known now, and painted a gate made of fence posts and barbed wire hanging open into a snow-covered with ice field in Iowa. I bought it because my entire life went through my mind when I saw it. About 6X8 feet. Hope you get to see it someday.


    1. Yes, gates to me are like the proverbial glass half full. I always see them as open and inviting, something to be climbed or circumvented. There’s always more world out there.

      Thanks, Martha.


  4. Been going thru our old email exchanges … pretty fucking entertaining and at times outright hilarious … pulled up the “Gateway to Paradise” and waited again for the fucking stallions … to no avail …

    I’m out of the poor me I can’t get anywhere or do anything right and no one likes me so I guess I’ll go eat worms phase of my acne free old age teenage depression, so I think I’ll start up harassing you again and even send some writing … be warned …

    Where the hell are you and Tzuri?

    Richard Huss Editor, Pulse the Magazine

    Cell: 203-209-6628



    1. That Xmas gift certificate I sent you, 2 hours with Dr. Phil – you didn’t use it?

      You expect me to moderate and approve your filth-laden comment when just last year you wouldn’t publish me in your now-defunct magazine because I used the fucking “f-word”?

      Where am I? Follow this link and Tzuri expects a NICE comment from you this time!

      😀 😀 😀


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