American Bison calf in a field with Lewis's FlaxAmerican Bison calf in a field with Lewis’s Flax – Nikon D300, f8, 1/200, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 242mm, natural light

The Lewis’s Flax are blooming on Antelope Island right now and to my delight there was a large herd of American Bison and their calves resting and grazing among the wildflowers yesterday morning. These rusty red bison calves were born last month and they are growing rapidly.

Lewis's Flax and an American Bison calfLewis’s Flax and an American Bison calf – Nikon D200, f9, 1/200, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 200mm, natural light

I have hoped for some time that I would be able to photograph at least one species of the mammals that inhabit Antelope Island State Park among the blooming Lewis’s Flax and yesterday my hopes were realized. The flax don’t bloom for very long so there is a limited window of opportunity.

Not many people would call adult bison “cute” but I think the calves are!