A Frosted Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area

Frosted Farmington Bay WMAFrosted Farmington Bay WMA

I have mentioned in recent posts that winter can be harsh in the Salt Lake Valley in posts with images I had taken at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area so I wanted to share these two images taken there yesterday. This image shows the hoar frost covered trees, cattails and an iced over pond. The temps were warmer yesterday by a few degrees than they had been, earlier in the week the lowest I saw was -12F and yesterday it was -1F. The hoar frost is actually quite thick first thing in the morning and as the sun rises it flakes off slowly from the items it has attached to. Somewhere behind the lake fog in the background is Antelope Island State Park in the distance.

A hoar frost covered treeA hoar frost covered tree

The hoar frost always reminds me of the “Snow Queen” written by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1845. I remember reading the book several times as a child and the visualizations I had in my mind from reading that book seemed to come alive the first time I saw Farmington Bay coated in frost.

The birds of Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area are also covered in frost in those early morning hours. It is a harsh environment in the winter but it is definitely beautiful.

You can see a frost covered Bald Eagle and a Barn Owl on some of my other posts: Bald EagleBarn Owl


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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.


  1. The tree is just lovely! I wish I could spend weeks or months in a location where winter was this apparent. Next season 2014, hopefully.

  2. ohh, i like it a lot, the ligth is soft and a bit worm in oposite with the frozen vegetation, it s excellent, well done mia =))

  3. I love photos of hoar frost especially the second with the lines of the trees and grass against the blue sky.

  4. Breathtakingly beautiful. Here it is hotter, getting hotter by the day and these images are filling me with yearning.

  5. Love the first shot…Beautiful…have decided you and Ron are NUTS!!!

  6. I agree FWMA is a greaT place, the year I was there it was warm snow in the morning melted bt afternoon

  7. Nice! That second one is my favorite. Love the composition and the frosted tree against that blue sky!

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