An American Bison and the Great Salt Lake

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Starling hitchhiking a ride on a BisonStarling hitching a ride on a Bison – Nikon D300, f8, 1/100, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 170mm, natural light

I am so very fortunate to live where I can see American Bison routinely on Antelope Island State Park. Each time I see Bison grazing on the island I think of how close we came to losing them and how they came very near to the brink of extinction.

I love to get images of the American Bison and the Great Salt Lake in the same frame especially if there are mountains in the background so I was happy to get the snow covered Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake in this image that I created in 2012.  I also had the added bonus of a European Starling hitching a ride on the bull’s thick winter coat.



  1. Julie Brown November 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    A very well-composed image. Each layer has an interesting element.

  2. Patty Chadwick November 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I wish our well-paid “representatives” in Washington could get along as well as these two…but, then maybe bird brains are superior….

  3. eric c11 November 24, 2013 at 2:20 am

    it s an impressive animal, well catched mia, with the little bird in extra on his back ;))
    have a nice sunday

  4. Lois Bryan November 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm


  5. Elephant's Child November 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Such a majestic animal. Such an amazing scene. Such an incredible photo.

  6. Utahbooklover November 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Wonderful composition. I especially like how we can see detail in the bison but still see the water in focus, gradually fading to the soft focus of the mountains.

  7. Ricky Jones November 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful animal, excellent shot, I love the mountains in the back Mia, wonderful job!

  8. Montanagirl November 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Amazing photo of the Bison. They are so huge. Nice you caught him by the lake.

  9. Bob Bushell November 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I’ll bet that you were so excited, your picture of the Bison is remarkable.

  10. Sally Wood November 23, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I feel very fortunate to enjoy the work of photographers and conservationists such as yourself, Mia.
    Yes! It’s pretty daunting to think we may have lost these impressive creatures forever. And yet, there are still species going extinct today, though we seem numb to the fact somehow – almost helpless in the face of it at times.

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