Grand Teton and Yellowstone Nat. Parks (Part Two).

Mormon Row was a surprise discovery in the sense that I did not realize there would be interesting historic buildings along the road.
The settlement disbanded in the early 1900`s as land was purchased to increase the size of the Grand Teton National Park which until then had only included the Tetons themselves.
Life must have been hard for these settlers, especially in the winter when ditches dug from the distant river would freeze and water must be carried in buckets for several miles in sub-zero temperatures.

All that remain now a a selection of the original houses and barns, with fields once more occupied by Sagebrush and the farmyards offering cover for ground squirrels and Mountain Bluebirds.

Mormon Row 413 (54)

Mormon Row 400 (80)

Mountain Bluebird at Mormon Row 400 (63)

Uinta Ground Squirrel at Mormon Row 400 (75)
Near Snake River and around the lake-shores of the park, butterflies are abundant in the late Summer sun. Dragonflies and damselflies bearing a striking resemblance to British counterparts also tempt the camera lens...

Tetons butterflies 399 (106b)

Tetons dragonflies 399 (96)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 400 (96)
There is much to see in this lovely park without too much effort - although bears are an ever-present danger (apparently)....

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