"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
One of the great icons of the West are the jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons in northwest Wyoming. Old French trappers and mountain men, hungry for female companionship, named these mountains for their fantasies. They are among the youngest mountains in America, still rising, and they jut abruptly and dramatically from the plains of "Jackson Hole." Gran Teton rises more than 13,000 feet into the thin air. The Snake River reflects the evening light.