Every February, for the last three years, we have made a trip to Antelope Island State Park in Utah . We usually spend a couple of day there spending the early mornings and evenings photographing on the Island and spending the day in Salt Lake City.
So last month we headed out there again and we were joined by our nephew Nigel Ivy who traveled from Belfast, Northern Ireland to photograph the Bison with us.
Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles, is the largest of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels. It is home to a great variety of flora and fauna. It really is a wonderful place to view wildlife which include mule deer, coyotes, pronghorn antelope and some bobcats. But most famous are the Island’s American Bison which were introduced to the Island in 1893. The heard now numbers around 600 animals. The Antelope Island bison herd is significant because it is one of the largest and oldest publicly owned bison herds in the nation. It is one of the two bison herds managed by the State of Utah, the other being the Henry Mountains bison herd.
The bison may steal the show on Antelope Island, however the island’s name comes from the native pronghorn which still roam freely. Pronghorn antelope are the fastest land animals in the Western Hemisphere. We were lucky this time to see a good number of them in the early morning light.
In photography, the term “golden hour” refers to that ‘magical’ time period before sunset when sunlight traveling through a larger portion of the atmosphere creates stunning landscapes in every direction. We experienced the most long lasting incredibly rich sunsets from the Island.
At Sundown the Great Salt Lake becomes surreal with color, light and reflections. Even the dried out portions of the lake, with their veneers of salt, perform a dance of light and shadow, a photographer’s dream.
We usually never spend much time in cities but we have enjoyed Salt lake City. Of course we always stop by “Pictureline” because it’s fun to check out new cameras and enjoyed a meal or two at the “Squatters Pub”. Nigel, being a coffee connoisseur took us to “Public Coffee Roasters” and as we had never been to the “Temple Square” we decided to do a little exploring. We enjoyed a morning perusing the grounds and admiring the stunning workmanship of the building and the serene beauty of its immediate surroundings. We loved the beautiful contrast of the old and new architecture.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”– Ansel Adams
Make sure to browse through the Into the Wild and Desert Landscape galleries for more photographs from our trip! And then feel free to also check out Nigel’s photographs!
“You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.” -Joel Meyerowitz