One year ago I completed a project 4 years in the making! Jackson and more specifically, the Tetons has had a special place in my heart since I moved out west in 2012. I go up there every summer to climb and play in the high mountains and escape the blistering heat of St. George. When I heard about the eclipse back in 2013 I knew I needed to make it happen. 4 years and three trips back to the Tetons for other adventures, I scouted and scouted till I found the perfect place. Farther away from exact totality (on Gros Ventre road) and off the beaten path (30 minute hike from my backcounry campsite) I could still get 2 minutes of darkness but without the crowds. And more importantly, I would be able to capture a photo of the eclipse in the same frame as those beautiful mountains and the Snake River (when at the site of totality you can't really frame a good shot where you capture these elements.
The three shots at the end are from my camera that was fixed on the range throughout the morning and show pre totality, during totality, and right after totality. The last photo is especially important to me. The first light and last light in the Teton range is something special to behold. As it is a north south range sunrise and sunset play really nicely with the mountains. It takes a little to notice but this photo is a once in a lifetime experience. When you have last light in the range the beautiful band of orange to blue appears as the sun sets, identical to the during totality shot. However when you have first light in the tetons, the backdrop behind the range is a lighter pink or blue hue. Due to the unique light of a total eclipse, this photo shows sunset colors behind the range as the sun emerges from behind the moon and bathing the mountains in a second first light.