Category : Desert Landscape

A bison – the symbol of life.

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


Trip to the desert.

Last month, we road tripped to Vegas to check out what was new at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo. We have often driven by the San Rafael Swell and been awed by it. This trip we decided to explore it a little. So on the way to Vegas, we spent an afternoon and a night there and we were not disappointed! The San Rafael Swell is a large geologic feature located in south-central Utah about 30 miles west of Green River, Utah.

We spent a night in the beautiful Valley of Fire and one night at the Red Rock Canyon. We had visited the Valley of Fire before but this was our first time at the Red Rock canyon..it’s always so nice to spend a little time in the Mojave Desert. “Everyone should just drive out to the Mojave Desert and just experience it!”

From Red Rock Canyon we headed to Zion National Park. We have visited Zion a few times in the past but it’s such a “wow” experience each time one visits… Here is one of our favorite photos out of the hundreds that we took during our short stay there.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts”~ Rachel Carson


Our next stop was Bryce Canyon National Park. They had had a bit of snow a few days before we arrived. As always, spectacular and you can definitely loose yourself in the orange hoodoos and stunning vistas.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert


We took a little detour to check out Kodachrome Basin State Park which we had not visited before. Definitely well worth it. We were the only ones there that morning.
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” ~ Anonymous

It is difficult to rival Capitol Reef National Park‘s sense of expansiveness; of broad, sweeping vistas; of a tortured, twisted, seemingly endless landscape; of limitless sky and desert rock. Of course we found some kind old trees to photograph. So often trees are overlooked but we enjoy their company.
“A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human.” ~Georges Rouault


We drove through interesting, almost lunar landscape. The colors and the lines at this spot along the Scenic Byway 24.
Traveling – it leaves you speechless!

Another area we had not explored before was the “Little Wild Horse Canyon” near Goblin Valley which provided peace and solitude. We are definitely going back there.
“Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.” ~Debasish Mridha

The last stretch of our road trip took us along the Glen Canyon and over the Colorado River and onto the Valley of the Gods. It is a hidden gem with scenery similar to that of nearby Monument Valley. Valley of the Gods offers isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and wide open spaces that seem to go on forever.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard


More photographs from this trip can be viewed here.

This road trip would not have been possible without one awesome rig!
“We’re all traveling through time together, everyday of our lives. All we can do is relish this remarkable ride.”