600th post – An Antelope Island Snow Day

Bison grazing in the snowBison grazing in the snow

I wanted to share a few images taken two days ago when Antelope Island was covered with a fresh snow fall. The entire island looked glorious and the sunlight caused the snow to sparkle much to my delight. The American Bison were pushing their noses into the snow to clear the way to find grass to graze on.

Plump Chukar in the snowPlump Chukar in the snow

A covey of Chukars were looking for food in under the heavy blanket of snow. Their beautiful colors, red legs and plumage patterns stand out sharply from the pristine snow.

Antelope Island snowAntelope Island snow

This image was taken just south of the road to the Frary Peak trail head, it can be hard to believe that the Great Salt Lake comes up to where the rusty colored Phragmites are at times, especially during spring melt.

Farmington complex rocks under fresh snowFarmington complex rocks under fresh snow

I’ve had a great deal of fun photographing raptors this year in this area where Farmington complex rocks jut out from the hills. These are the oldest rock formations on the island and are also older than the rocks found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Ole Scarface hunting in snowOle Scarface hunting in snow

This Coyote has many scars on its face most likely from territorial disputes during mating season. The Coyote looks old and one of its ears is very floppy. It also still has snow on its back which probably fell on it during the night.

Promontory Mountains from Antelope IslandPromontory Mountains from Antelope Island

I love that while I am on the island I can turn in all directions and see mountains, it delights me to see them covered in snow and shining brightly in the sun. On a relatively clear day the Great Salt Lake is a delicious dark blue.

Western Meadowlark on snow-covered SagebrushWestern Meadowlark on snow-covered Sagebrush

This Western Meadowlark perched on a snow-topped Sagebrush was  very cooperative and posed for a long time before it flew away. It wasn’t singing but the bird reminded me that before too long they will have a period of time when it seems they simply can not resist singing their little hearts out during breeding season.

View of snow-covered Promontory Point from Egg Island OverlookView of snow-covered Promontory Point from Egg Island Overlook

Egg Island Overlook is the northern most point on the island and has expansive views of the Great Salt Lake, the Promontory Mountains and the wide open sky.

Juvenile White-crowned SparrowsJuvenile White-crowned Sparrows

Near the marina these juvenile White-crowned Sparrows perched on a snow laden bush with the Great Salt Lake in the background.

I’ve often said that “Some Days are Magic” here on my blog and this day sure felt that way to me. But then, every day in nature fills me with wonder and joy.

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

30 Comments

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  2. Congratulations on 600 posts Mia (and Bob!)! Your blog is an inspiration.

  3. Congratulations Mia. 600 posts is very impressive.

  4. Mia, these photos are fantastic and make me long for Utah even more! You should publish a book of your Antelope Island photos. I bet they would sell it at the park!

  5. Congratulations on your 600 blog, and did it with style.

  6. What a beautiful series of photos! Thanks and congratulations on your 600th post and I look forward to many more! Stay warm.

  7. Wow, Amazing photos. The scenery, birds and critters are all wonderful. Happy New Years!

  8. Congrats on your 600th post! 600 posts of pure amazing photos and content!

  9. Beautiful images, and congrats on your 600th post. Co-incidentally, my next post, probably tomorrow will be my 600th.

  10. Your photos are breath taking!

  11. This gorgeous world of ours. You capture it so beautifully. Happy New Year!

  12. Oh my what gorgeous scenery, it surely looks like magic to me:)

  13. Congratulations Mia on your 600th post! Your blog is outstanding-a real pleasure to read and view, and I look forward to the next 600 post with great anticipation.

  14. congrat’ for the 600th ^^
    and there a lot of nice shots for this occasion, thanks mia ☺

  15. Mia, congrats on you 600th post. Thanks for sharing the wild side of Utah with so much variety, narratives, and candor.

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