October 22, 2014 Antelope Island, Utah

Great Salt Lake Sunset
Great Salt Lake Sunset

Just Enjoying the Peace and Quiet

Sunset last evening over Great Salt Lake, taken from my campsite. There are only a couple of other people here in the campground, no one within a couple hundred yards of me, and this is proving to be a very peaceful, and unbelievably quiet spot. As serene as the image above. The sun actually sets just behind the hill this time of year, but I imagine in the summer months the setting sun would be visible from the campground.

As I sat in my LazyBoy this morning, enjoying my coffee, and watching as darkness began fading into light, I could see all kinds of movement in the short grass out the front windshield. Turned out to be a “rusk” of jackrabbits ( I had to look that up, of course, at Animal Group Names ) feeding in the predawn hours, at least a dozen of them, but still too dark to bother getting the camera out. Just as it was getting light enough to consider taking a picture, they all headed up the hill, probably to seek shelter from predators that hunt by day.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

View from the hill above Bridger bay campground
View from the hill above Bridger bay campground

That’s my motorhome in the bottom right corner of the image above, taken just past sunrise this morning.

Rafts of ducks on Great Salt lake
Rafts of ducks on Great Salt lake

There must be tens of thousands of ducks out on the lake. There are rafts of ducks like this scattered all along the shore and out into the bay on the east side of the island. I’ve seen Northern Shovelers, Redheads, Gadwalls, some Mallards, and Ring Necked ducks, as well as gazillions of coots, all far too distant to get any type of photos.

There are antelope on Antelope Island !
There are antelope on Antelope Island !

On my early morning drive out the road to the farm, I finally found some antelope here on Antelope Island. I also saw, but couldn’t react quickly enough to get an image, an enormous Mule deer buck with quite a set of antlers heading into the brush to bed down for the day.

Probably the same as what the pioneers saw
Probably the same as what the pioneers saw

This herd of over a hundred bison was feeding its way north on the island early this morning. This scene is probably not all that different from what the early pioneers could have seen here, or elsewhere across the west.

Antelope Island
Antelope Island

This island has a very peaceful feel to it with it’s own kind of simple beauty, as this shot of the mountain spine of the island glowing warmly in the early morning sun.

Resting bull
Resting bull
Licking his wounds
Licking his wounds

I ran into a small band of bulls browsing along the road and two of them decided to put on a bit of a show. I can’t call it a knock down, drag out brawl, more of a sparring match, just sizing up a competitor, perhaps for a future bout, but interesting nonetheless.

Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison
Sparring Bison

And finally, one of my favorites out here, a meadowlark greeting the early morning sun with song. I have never seen so many of these songsters in one place. Both mornings I have been here there is at least one of them outside my window on the lone tree singing away until I open the door to walk the dogs.

Meadowlark
Meadowlark

Thank you for shopping Amazon from my site!

When you click through to shop Amazon from here, I get a tiny commission, one that does not in any way impact what you pay, and all those tiny commissions eventually add up and that helps me keep this blog going !


 

One thought on “October 22, 2014 Antelope Island, Utah”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *