One of the most beautiful places on the planet, in my eyes, is Jackson Hole, Wyoming and more specifically the Grand Tetons. The iconic mountains first captured my eye with an image by Ansel Adams. After viewing this picture, I knew it was a must-see location.
I finally made it to the Tetons in 2002. While traveling there on vacation with my wife, we borrowed my daughters one mega-pixel camera (which was the hottest thing on the market)and took a number of images with it. One picture was a picture of the Tetons and a lake which was framed by pine trees. This picture was the motivating factor for becoming more involved in photography.
This image evoked numerous responses from friends and family and encouraged me to get more involved. After that trip, I invested in a better camera, some lenses and has turned into what we know as Nature Exposed Photography!
Aside from my personal connection with the Tetons, the surrounding country side of the mountains sharp features is spectacular and provides stunning pictures. There's also all the wildlife the area has to offer. I remember a trip that my wife and I took from Jackson over to the Tetons and to the north of town in which we saw and I photographed deer, moose, elk, antelope and buffalo. Those animals were all in different settings from marshes to woods to prairies and it was amazing to me that, in a span of about 50 miles, we could encounter such a vast array of wildlife with the added benefit of having the Tetons in the background. The place is a nature and wildlife photographers dream!