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Photo of the Week 95

Photo of the Week 95
So, here we are again at another Friday morning.  This means it's time for us to share something important with you.  It's time for you to see our pick for featured "Photo of the Week."  For this week, we have chosen to feature this landscape photograph of the destroyed Teton river dam in the mist.

For those who were not alive when the dam was built, the Teton dam was the last of the great hydro-electric power dams which was built.  It was completed in late 1975.  When they went to release the diverted water into the reservoir, the dam structure did not hold and the water burst out of the dam and into the surrounding communities.  Several towns were washed away in the flood waters.  The dam has not been rebuilt but sits as a historic landmark in the area.

The actual spot where the water broke out is not depicted in this photo.  That spot is just to the left side of the remaining dam section you can see depicted on the left half of the image.  The area which you see carved out was actually because of some geological studies conducted after the dam failed in order to determine why it failed.

This photo started out with hopes of getting a shot of the Teton mountains.  It was late May in Idaho.  For those of you who do not understand what that means, it means that the weather is unpredictable.  It may decide to snow or blow at a moment's notice.  Such was the case that day.

On the way into the mountains, the weather turned off nasty with rain.  The mountains we were seeking were only visible for very short bursts of time.  Since we had lots of time to spare, we diverted over to the historic site on the way in to Driggs.  I had never seen the dam before so here was an opportunity.

When we turned down the road leading to the dam site, it was raining pretty hard.  By the time we arrived, the rain had greatly lessened.  I got our of the car and turned to face the destruction in front of me for the first time.  It was then that I noticed something beautiful in front of me.

As you can see below, there was a mist in the canyon surrounding where the reservoir was to be.  It added something soft to the scene.  However, it was fast fading thanks to the rain letting up.  I scrambled to get my camera and get into a spot to shoot in time.  Once my camera was ready, I had about a couple of minutes to nail this shot before the sun changed the light and the mist dried up.

This time, I was ready for the shot.  I had everything work out for me to capture this landscape photo for you to enjoy.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape nature photograph of the Teton River Dam canyon in mist near Driggs, Idaho