A couple of weeks ago, we went on a fantastic trip to Grand Tetons National Park and Yellowstone National Park (see the Yellowstone post here). It had been a pretty stressful few weeks at work with all of the projects on my plate, so it was nice and somewhat necessary to get away for a weekend.

There were a lot of things I loved about the Grand Tetons, but my favorite part was definitely the farmland.┬áThe Moulton Barns on Mormon Row just north of Jackson Hole were absolutely incredible. Even if they are the most photographed barns in the world (and they definitely are), it’s something every photographer has to do at one point or another.

All of the “experts” I found online said that the best time to photograph the barns is at sunrise, so I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and drove 35 minutes north from Jackson Hole to the barns (which I had already visited two days earlier during a rain storm — you’ll see that in the gallery below as well). It was still really dark when I got there, so I sat in my car and meticulously got my gear ready.

By the time I got out of my car and made my way to the edge of the property, I had been joined by 14 professional photographers from Thailand. I’m not just talking about Thai tourists with nice cameras. Every last one of them was a professional photographer. They really wanted to get the most out of their time, apparently, because they sprinted all over the place for about 20 minutes getting every possible angle before running off to another barn.

In their absence, I was left with an old man taking photos on his iPhone 3, a rich podiatrist with photography equipment only a doctor could afford, and an Apple employee from San Francisco who downgraded from a professional Nikon camera to something less “mainstream.” Together, we enjoyed the beauty of the morning’s first rays hitting the peaks of the mountains behind a glorious rustic barn.

I returned to the motel to find a dozen Germans leaving on a Harley ride.

All in all, it was a great trip.