Wildlife in a blizzard two years ago today

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Great Horned Owl in a snow stormGreat Horned Owl in a snow storm

From one year to the next you can never tell what the weather might do on the same date each year.  Today there are great big clouds with small patches of blue sky but two years ago it was very different, we were having a blizzard. I mean stiff winds, blowing snow and very poor visibility but despite that I was on Antelope Island photographing any way.

This Great Horned Owl was near the first bridge of the causeway to the island hunkered down on top of a snow-covered boulder. I know it had its feathers to keep it warm but I still felt badly for this owl.

A herd of Bison and one Raven in a blizzardA herd of Bison and one Raven in a blizzard

Despite the strong winds, the icy temperatures and the falling snow the Bison on the island were pushing their muzzles through the snow to get at the grasses underneath it. The raven didn’t seem bothered by the wind or the snow as it flew over the herd calling. Maybe it couldn’t see its mate and was calling for it, I am not sure but do know I couldn’t see very far into the distance either.

Two Bison and blowing snowTwo Bison and blowing snow

Down near the group campgrounds at White Rock Bay there were more Bison and even though these two are standing side by side it wasn’t so peaceful between the two of them just moments before when they were butting their heads into each other. Perhaps the cold temperatures made them feel frisky.

It just made me feel chilled to the bone. Going home and grabbing a hot cup of coffee helped to thaw out my fingers while I previewed the snow images I took two years ago today.

Neither snow nor wind nor lack of light will keep this photographer from nature’s delights or stop me from seeing wildlife in a blizzard.


Sorry this post is later than normal I had other pressing matters to deal with earlier today.


  1. Utahbooklover November 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Both the owl image and the image of the two bison in the blowing snow are outstanding — thanks for enduring that cold for us to enjoy your work.

  2. Lois Bryan November 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    such amazing beauty!!!

  3. Elephant's Child November 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    So very, very beautiful. Thank you.

  4. Ian Holland November 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Really nice shot of the bisons!

  5. Jolanta November 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Awesome pictures! Thank you!

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