Wallpaper Monday

Blue Teton

Grand Teton National Park, early one morning in May. The park’s name actually refers to only one of the mountains in the Teton Range. Grand Teton was originally named Mount Hayden by some extremely unimaginative people who said, “Hey, you know what we need more of? Geographic features with musical Indian place names renamed after white men!” Fortunately, greater minds won out at least this once.

(Click the image to tetonize.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Power Wench says:

    Except the Grand Teton is not shown in this view. It’s further south (left) along the range. That biggest peak on the left side of the image is Mt Moran.

  2. Cathy White says:

    Tetonize, really ?!! Lol

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    Okay, let’s be serious, I mean, not serious. After enjoying this gorgeous photo, I laughed because “Tetón” means big tit in Spanish and tit in French. You talk about Indian name, but Wikipedia says:
    “The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons.”
    I’m a bit afraid to click the image, because I really don’t know what is going to happen…

    • Lilaine says:

      Right, Ana_ñ !
      I had a good laugh, too. 😀
      And I can’t (fore)see anything frightful about “tetonizing” (especially when you know what it’s related to… 😉 )

    • oregon expat says:

      LOLing at you two!

      Wikipedia says:
      “The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons.”

      True, but Wikipedia also says, “However, other historians disagree, and claim that the mountain was named after the Teton Sioux tribe of Native Americans.” So, you can choose whichever explanation you prefer. 😉

      Besides, if the Christianist right who currently control the Republican Party ever got wind that a US National Park was named after a big tit, can you imagine what would happen? It would be renamed “Hayden National Park” in the blink of an eye. Don’t tell!

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