Longing for Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

A pair of Red-tailed Hawks looking out over the Centennial ValleyA pair of Red-tailed Hawks looking out over the Centennial Valley – Nikon D300, f9, 1/250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

It is raining here in the valley this morning and snow is falling in the high country in the middle of June so I am sitting here dreaming of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge holds a very dear spot in my heart because of the birds and animals but also because of the stunning beauty of the Centennial Valley and the Centennial Mountains.

View of the Centennial Mountains from Wigeon PondView of the Centennial Mountains from Wigeon Pond – Nikon D200, handheld, f16, 1/160, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

The Upper and Lower Lakes, Elk Creek, Red Rock Creek and Wigeon Pond all have their beauty too. It is difficult to see in this small image that there are ducks and coots around the little grassy islands in the picture above.

I feel a sense of wonder and peace whenever I am visiting Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and I also feel that way when I view my images of this great location. So today as the rain falls and the gray clouds float overhead I will be thinking of my next journey to Red Rock Lakes, in fact I am longing for it.


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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. We may have to go check that out one of these days! So beautiful there!

  2. It as almost stopped snowing here at Red Rock Lakes NWR for the moment. But we have more rain an snow in the forecast. It will be too cold tomorrow to check my bluebird boxes. I hope all the babies make it through this 3 day cold and wet spell.

    • Marilyn, I wondered if Red Rock Lakes NWR was getting snow, thanks for letting me know! It is snowing just a few thousand feet above me here in the Salt Lake Valley too, Park City and Parley’s Canyon is a mess.

      I hope the bluebird chicks make it through the cold too. Last spring a lot were lost because of a late snow storm.

      Be safe!

  3. Pure magic. Thank you for the healing solace these images have given me this morning.

  4. I hope you can visit Red Rock Lakes soon. Fantastic photograph of the Red-tailed Hawks! Beautiful scenic image too!

  5. Beautiful images Mia. As for the rain, we received a lot last night and, happy to say, more today of the much needed water.

  6. Mia, thanks for respite. Just looking at this gorgeous setting through a photo is a much needed breath of fresh air.

  7. The stunning beauty of your photographs should inspire a deep and abiding love of nature in all of us, Mia.

  8. What a beautifulphoto! I love birds of prey :)

  9. OOOOOH! How beautiful can a place be! Our current generation is so removed from this restorative beauty it scares me! There is a theory floating around that one of the reasons there is so much ADD and ADHD in our children is that they are “environmentally starved”…The neurologists supporting this theory are onto something, I think. As an ADD kid who spent every moment I could outside, I’m sure it saved me a lot of grief…backpacking, wilderness camping and hiking as an adult always calmed me and “recharged my batteries”, enabling me to be more focused and productive.

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