Chukar in Gold

Chukar in GoldChukar in Gold – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Before my recent trip to Capitol Reef National Park and photographing grouse in Wayne County I photographed this Chukar on Antelope Island State Park.

It is a simple image but it is one I found very appealing because of the subject (I can’t resist birds), the setting with the out of focus vegetation and the golden light of dawn. The dried vegetation in front of the Chukar seemed to create a translucent veil of gold in front of and behind the bird.

I have finished culling all the Greater Sage-Grouse images I took in Wayne County, Utah but I wanted to share this image before I post any more of the grouse.

Life is good.



  1. Jane Chesebrough April 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Like the tones and DOF.

  2. Lois Bryan April 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    truly a beauty … very artistic, Mia!! tweeted

  3. Patty Chadwick April 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I saw another honey bee today!!! Only one, but better than none at all! It was at another farm stand, buzzing around some flats of pansies.

  4. Elephant's Child April 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Images like this are what sparks gold fever.
    Thank you.

  5. Patty Chadwick April 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Just revisiting some of your incredible plant and tree shots…and pictures of the bees. Reminded me of how excited I got in Maine last year at “BETH’S” farm stand, to see live honey bees! I used to see so many, even plant my garden to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, but have seen NONE in recent years. Saw a few, very few, small bumble bees (none of the bigger ones) and not a single honey bee in years….very scary, very sad….

  6. Patty Chadwick April 2, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I have no idea how you got that soft foreground/crisp detail contrast, but find it beautiful!!! Wonderful, wonderful shot!

  7. wendy chapman April 2, 2015 at 8:41 am

    It is a unique and lovely photo.

  8. Larry Muench April 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful shot!

  9. mike kutsch April 2, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This is a sweet shot

  10. Steven Kessel April 2, 2015 at 6:13 am


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