Stormy day on Antelope Island State Park

////Stormy day on Antelope Island State Park

Storm clouds over Fremont Island and Promontory PointStorm clouds over Fremont Island and Promontory Point from Bridger Bay

Some days the weather forecasters are wrong, some times by a little, sometimes by a lot. Yesterday morning they were wrong about how quickly a storm would roll in, the storm came in sooner than they predicted. I had left my camera at home that had a wide angle lens so I brought out my cell phone and took images with it of the stormy weather over Antelope Island State Park.

White Rock Bay campground under the storm cloudsWhite Rock Bay campground under the storm clouds

More often than not when I am photographing birds you might not get a feel for the island like you can with images like these. How wild the island feels.

Antelope Island with a storm rolling inAntelope Island with a storm rolling in (two images stitched together in Photoshop)

Or how this island in the Great Salt Lake looks under stormy skies.

Stormy day on Antelope IslandStormy day on Antelope Island

The Great Salt Lake is low, very low. That swatch of sandy beach should be under water but the water isn’t reaching the lake from the rivers and rain just won’t fill it back up. In a “normal” February this wouldn’t be rain falling, it would be snow. But it has been too warm to snow in the valley.

View from Frary Peak Trailhead as the storm moves southView from Frary Peak Trail head as the storm moves south

High above the lake the storm moves between the island and the Wasatch Mountains. It is hard to believe that the east facing slopes on the island are already starting to green up. It is only February.

The rain comethThe rain cometh

Eventually there wasn’t enough light to photograph a bird if I had seen one so it was time to head home. I wish I had taken taken my wide angle lens but these cell phone images will have to do.

We needed the rain.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover February 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    The early arrival of the rain surprised me too and was very welcomed, but too brief. Nice shots for a cell phone camera. My favorite is the third one where you stitched two images together.

  2. Elephant's Child February 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Dramatic, stunning and very, very beautiful. And rain is always welcome (to me anyway).

  3. Mary Howell Cromer February 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Mia, your shares have started popping up on my home page, top right corner for Google+. I do not really use it, but I am thinking that we used to visit each other’s blog before, or maybe on FB. I absolutely found these images to be stunning and wanted to attempt leaving a comment for you

    • Mia McPherson February 18, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you Mary! I appreciate your comment.

  4. Susan Stone February 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Just gorgeous! One day I hope I’ll get to visit Antelope Island.

  5. Patty Chadwick February 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    That is such a dramatic place…always awe inspiring…love these scenes!

  6. Wally February 10, 2015 at 8:31 am


    Thank you for these images! As you know, here in Florida, we don’t have such stunning vistas. This really helps me visualize the really wild, wide open nature of Antelope Island. Stunning!

  7. Liz Cormack February 10, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Spectacular storm cloud shots!

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