Storm over Buffalo PointStorm over Buffalo Point – Nikon D300, f16, 1/320, ISO 500, +1.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

After 5 days of not going out into the field I was having withdrawals so yesterday Antelope Island State Park was our destination even though there were clouds. After the cold, cloudy weather I hoped that the birds would be active but that wasn’t to be, in fact very few birds were seen close enough to get decent images of but the weather did put on a show. At the group campground the sun lit up the slopes of Buffalo Point and the clouds provided the drama as thunder boomed in the distance. The thunder was about the only noise I heard other than the breeze rustling the grasses.

Clearing clouds over Freemont Island and Promontory PointClearing clouds over Freemont Island and Promontory Point – Nikon D300, f16, 1/250, ISO 500, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 48mm, natural light

Last week I read an article about photographers misbehaving in Yellowstone with a photo included that showed perhaps 30-40 photographers lined up side by side and some times they were two deep plus there were lots of other people with smaller cameras milling around in the background. I am sure there were loads more people outside of the frame. I shuddered at the thought of being in that line of photographers.

That just isn’t my cuppa tea.

What is my cuppa tea is taking in all of the beauty around me as I did yesterday looking north from Antelope Island as the clouds were clearing over Promontory Point and Freemont Island and the only noise I heard was from California Gulls flying overhead.

Stormy clouds over Antelope IslandStormy clouds over Antelope Island – HTC One cell phone image, f2, 1/4348, ISO 125, 4mm, natural light

I love photographing my subjects but I am also there for the experiences I crave in nature, the quiet, the peace and the grand views. I’m there to connect with the natural world.