Friday, February 24, 2012

Antelope Island State Park

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Pronghorn on the Ridge
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American Bison
Antelope Island State Park is located in the Great Salt Lake and is the largest island in the lake.  Located on the island are free-roaming herds of bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope.  The bison were introduced to the island in 1893 and became the foundation for the present day herd of between 500 to 700 animals.  Depending on the month and season that you visit, you're viewing opportunities for wildlife will vary.
Antelope Island is reached by driving over a Causeway from Syracuse, Utah.  We found that the Causeway was an excellent location to view and photograph raptors.  In order to photograph the raptors, you have to photograph them from your car, by pulling over to the side of the road, and utilizing a support on the window for your camera and lens.  People use beanbags, I utilize a Puffin Pad for support for my equipment.
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Looking Across the Great Salt Lake at the Mountains from Antelope Island
With Bison in the Meadow
History of the island showed that prehistoric people were living on the island more than 6000 years ago.  John C Fremont and Kit Carson is that explored the antelope Island in 1845, and they named it.  Antelope Island, after observing pronghorn antelope's grazing.  Fielding, Garr established a ranch on the island in 1848 and the ranch house is still standing on its existing foundation.,
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Island Scenic
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Island Scenic
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Island Scenic
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Island Scenic
The rock formations on the island are beautiful to behold. It's some of the rocks are covered with the Moss and lichen and will definitely be part of my next trip to photograph them in either early morning or late afternoon light.
The last afternoon that we were on the island it started to snow and the pictures below show the storm over the island from the causeway
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Storm over Antelope Island

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Another view of the Storm

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Another view of the Storm

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Another view of the Storm in B&W
 So if you visit the Great Salt Lake Region, Antelope Island is a worthy destination and an excellent place to spend at least one or 2 days exploring.  There is a $9 daily fee that is collected at the beginning of the Causeway
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