Bison babies and Lewis’s Flax

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!


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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. absolutely cute, and the flax, beautiful

  2. Aww. And how nice to belong to a species which moves from cute to majestic. The flax is a delight too.

  3. Nice shots, Mia. Love the calf in the flax. So pretty.

  4. yeah, the calves are cute, and the flax is great. I would call the adults majestic, not cute definitely.

  5. Wow, what a perfect shot. So delightful to see the detail on the calf’s tongue (ew, didn’t mean to refer to people food, there…). That lighting & focus is crisp yet not harsh at all. Delightful. Saw a good # of baby bison at Theodore Roosevelt NP–SUPER cute, fuzzy creatures. =)

  6. Beautiful, darling babies :)

  7. Patty Chadwick

    I love both the baby bison, with its little horn bumps, and the blue Flax….I love blue, it’s my “happy color” and have tried to grow blue Flax in my garden. Beautiful images…Thanks!

  8. Jane Chesebrough

    The flax and the calves coats look so nice together.Great close-up so adorable! My goodness, I’m gushing!

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