When the Birds are Slow In Utah There is Always Great Scenery

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Sunflowers blooming in front of the Stansbury MountainsSunflowers blooming in front of the Stansbury Mountains – Nikon D810, f16, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm at 40mm, natural light

Finding birds was very challenging yesterday in the canyons of the Stansbury Mountains but it wasn’t hard to find beauty in the scenery. The birds have finished nesting, most of them have raised their young past the fledging stage and because of the summer heat it has gotten harder to find birds to photograph in many areas. We (bird photographers and birders) call that slow.

Yesterday my best images were photos of these wild sunflowers in front of the Stansbury Mountains.

Stansbury Mountains and Wild SunflowersStansbury Mountains and Wild Sunflowers – Nikon D810, f16, 1/250, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm at 95mm, natural light

The ruggedness of the West Desert of Utah’s mountain ranges, flats, grassy slopes and sagebrush steppes never fails to mesmerize me. Add some wildflowers and I am hooked.

Mountains, Canyons and SunflowersMountains, Canyons and Sunflowers – Nikon D810, f16, 1/250, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm at 200mm, natural light

I may have dipped on birds yesterday but I did not miss the gorgeous scenery. I am so glad I stopped to enjoy the wildflowers.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Elephants Child August 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Ahhhhh.
    And thank you.

  2. April Olson August 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Smiling

  3. Patty Chadwick August 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Oh! Boy!!! These are food for the sore soul!!! Ilove them all, especially the second and third….

  4. Laura Culley August 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    That’s the thing about our spinning rock. It’s just so darn gorgeous! Here in the west, we’re blessed with outrageous vistas both on the macro and micro levels and everything in between. I’m endlessly entertained with how the sunlight and shadows play along the mountains throughout the day and over the seasons. Life IS good, very VERY good if you just stop and open your eyes!
    What a privilege it is to begin my day with your photography! Thank you SO much!

  5. Liz Cormack August 11, 2017 at 6:19 am

    And I’m glad you stopped too. Gorgeous.

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