Chukar, Lichen and a Tintic Quartzite Boulder

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A Chukar, Lichen and a Tintic Quartzite BoulderA Chukar, Lichen and a Tintic Quartzite Boulder – Nikon D810, f11, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday was a nice day to be out photographing on Antelope Island State Park, the sun was shining, the wind was minimal and there were a few birds to be found. The Chukars were up calling on the rocks and very soon I expect there will be some skirmishes over potential mates and the days warm up and lengthen. The chukars on Antelope Island are an introduced species that has adapted very well to the environment found there and birders and bird photographers alike enjoy seeing and hearing them.

What isn’t introduced in this image is the tintic quartzite boulder and the lichen that covers the top. Tintic quartzite boulders are common on the island and date back at least 550 millions years and the pale greenish colored lichen on top of this boulder, probably a Lecanora sp, could be several hundred years old itself. I’m going to have to learn more about lichens on the island because I am always curious about the web of life around me.

For now though, life is good.





  1. Scott Simmons February 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I haven’t heard the term “tintic quartzite” since I was a geology major in college–nice reminder. Lovely photo as usual.

  2. Julie G. February 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  3. Patty Chadwick February 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Love how the colors of bird, background and boulder coordinate and curvy lines os bird are echoed by the rock…

  4. Liz Cormack February 16, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Such a beautiful bird. Thank you.

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