Trial Lake View – Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest – Nikon D810, f10, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18 mm, natural light
I spent time yesterday morning inhaling cool, clean mountain air while enjoying the scenery of the Mirror Lake Highway section of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. I saw a low temp of 34°F, frost on some camper’s cars and up near Bald Mountain I could still see some small snow fields from last winter. I even shivered a few times while riding around with my window down. It was good to get out of the valley and even if it wasn’t particularly “birdy” it was nice to be some where different than my normal “haunts”. It was also great to see and breathe the clear air.
Before I moved to Utah I photographed Clark’s Nutcrackers near Trial Lake on one of my trips to photograph Utah, yesterday I didn’t photograph any birds there but I did take a few scenics because I loved view of the lake with the morning mist rising from it.
I have to say that there are more dead trees around Trial Lake now than when I first saw it in 2008. I don’t know what the impact of that is on the birds and wildlife that live there but I know it can’t be good.
Dark-eyed Junco juvenile perched in a conifer – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I was delighted to photograph a lovely, little Dark-eyed Junco juvenile perched in a conifer near Washington Lake which is not too far from Trial Lake and the Mirror Lake Highway. The young junco was one of only two birds that I photographed yesterday, I don’t know which subspecies this bird was because juveniles juncos look a lot alike.
It wasn’t a very productive day for me photographically but I felt wonderful after being up in the high Uintas for a few hours yesterday. Oh, and I believe I saw my first bobcat in that area yesterday too, it bounded across the road and I am 99% certain of my ID on it.
Life is good.
Trial Lake is at 9731 feet in elevation, Washington Lake is at 10,000 feet.