A trip I was on to Grand Teton National Park in the summer of 2009 was marred with rain and clouds. One afternoon, the rain stopped and the clouds broke just in time for the sunset.

I was fortunate enough to be on a hike around Jackson Lake at the time and the scene in this image revealed itself to me. What really drew my eye was the lone tree on the left hand side of the photograph. It was almost as though Mother Nature was trying to put it in a spotlight on it via the sunset.

This image was one of the best of my collection for 2009 and was used as the cover of my book, 2009 – A Year In Photography. The title, I hope, tells the story photographically, of what I saw and what I found special.

There are always moments of beauty regardless of the elements.

This image is available for purchase here.