Of the two shoulder seasons in Jackson Hole, fall is by far the more enjoyable. Days like today, at the exact midpoint of October, when the wind stays soft and the still-strong sun fights few clouds, are as good as it gets.
The streets of Jackson are alive on a Sunday afternoon, but far more subdued than the throngs of summer. I’m in the office at our downtown Jackson office today. Autumn brings out the locals and draws dedicated visitors enchanted with its blend of summer’s harvest and winter’s promise. There is work to be done to prepare for out-of-town clients, but also time to reflect on the season.
Outdoorsmen convene on the area’s abundant private lands, spreading out on the rivers and fields like at no other time of year. The trails are buff, the fish are hungry, and the hills and skies alive with the urgency of wildlife in transition.
Fall photos often focus on the bugling elk, fast-changing foliage and the first snows of the season. Most home sellers and listing agents request photography at the height of summer or well into winter when the valley’s blanket of snow is sufficiently thick, so I don’t take a lot of pictures this time of year. It’s also true this is the very busiest time of year for sales as owners can see the end of the selling season fast approaching and buyers see an opportunity to make their move.
Over the years, however, I’ve taken a few I thought worth sharing.