Last Wednesday, June 11, was an interesting day to be on Antelope Island. We need good light for bird photography and clouds usually don’t cut it for us (much different from landscape photography, I know) so we’re seldom out there when it’s overcast. But the forecast called for clearing so we took a chance and left home right after 5:30 so we could be there at sunrise.
It turned out to be mostly cloudy all morning so we didn’t have much luck with birds but the clouds and light gave us some dramatic vistas that I couldn’t help but photograph.
1/200, f/9, ISO 400, 17-85mm @17mm, hand-held
Just after sunrise we had this view of the island from the causeway. I liked the unusual combination of fearfully dark clouds with no wind which made the water almost as smooth as glass for some interesting reflections. The cluster of American Avocets on the right added to the natural scene for me.
1/640, f/9, ISO 400, 17-85mm @17mm, hand-held
Traveling south on the island I liked the play of light on the clouds, prairie grasses and sagebrush to go along with the curved horizon line.
I’m certainly no landscape photographer and have no plans to give up my “day job” photographing birds but I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of images from that wonderful morning.