Broad’s Fork Twin Peaks – Things I See While Photographing Birds

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Winter view of Broad's Fork Twin Peaks from the valleyWinter view of Broad’s Fork Twin Peaks from the valley – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/4000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

We’ve had some pretty gray, cloudy, foggy weather for a while now but by yesterday afternoon I could see sunshine and needed an outdoor break. I spent about 25 minutes at the local pond, it wasn’t great for photographing birds because there weren’t that many of them on the pond but it was great for me because I felt like I had been cooped up for too long.

I looked up at the Wasatch Mountains to the east while I was there because I wanted to see some snow, it is winter after all even if it didn’t feel like it down in the valley where it was about 53°F. People were walking around in shorts and short sleeves and I was a touch too warm in my sweatshirt and jeans. This is not our typical winter weather. Grass on the golf courses is even greening up and it felt more like April than January yesterday afternoon. It was nice to see some snow on the mountains.

Since things were slow bird-wise I aimed my lens at the mountain peaks and looked around as some of the clouds lifted from the peaks and the sunlight hit the tops. I’m familiar with Mount Olympus and can identify it from all over the valley but I had to do some research to find out the name of the peak above then I compared other on line photos of the peak to my photo and eventually found out the name. As a crow flies this peak is about 10.55 miles from where I photographed it and its elevation is 11,330 ft.

This is Broad’s Fork Twin Peaks, usually just called Twin Peaks, and I thought my view of it through my lens yesterday was absolutely stunning. The clouds swirled around the summit but I was able to get a clear view when I took this photo.

We really do live on a gorgeous planet.

Life is good.



  1. Laura Culley January 14, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Yes, we do live on an exquisitely beautiful planet! Thank you for sharing your vision. I wish my mountains had snow, but they’re far too low here.
    And I’m with Patty…every time I see the splendor of this Earth in a new perspective, its beauty brings me to tears. And then, a golden eagle or a peregrine, redtail, etc., soars through the image and I’m reduced to a puddle!

  2. Elephants Child January 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Absolutely gob-smackingly beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Pepe Forte January 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    WOW! This is one of your pics I can actually feel as well as see. Just beautiful. Thanks Mia.

  4. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 13, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Oh, Mia!!! That is so incredibly beautiful and impressive!!! Nothing is a majestic as a snow-covered mountain! Every time I see the Rockies again after any time has passed,it brings tears…can’t help it…they just come pouring out…..

  5. Liz Cormack January 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

    It IS stunning. Gorgeous!

  6. Bob mcphersons January 13, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Stunning. A good word.

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