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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Antelope Island


Wildlife photography by Nick Oman Photography.

When seen from a distance Antelope Island appears to be an uninhabitable environment devoid of any living creature. In actuality it is a thriving ecosystem of wildlife from tiny birds to huge bison, that roam free almost anywhere on the island. Because of the close proximity to Salt Lake City, Antelope Island can be overlooked by people seeking the great outdoors and I fell into that trap myself. Luckily I went anyway.



Wildlife photography by Nick Oman Photography.

Pronghorn Antelope(not actually antelope) are the fastest animal in the western hemisphere as well as being the namesake for the island. Pronghorn are native to Antelope Island and Utah, which gave this capture a little more meaning. There's something about seeing an animal in it's natural environment that makes you smile.

Wildlife photography by Nick Oman Photography.

While hiking one of the trails I noticed this coyote checking me out from a ridge way up above. I half expected to look up again and see a whole pack staring back at me, luckily that didn't happen or I would have made a run for it(after getting a couple of shots first).

Wildlife photography by Nick Oman Photography.

After a few hours of hiking, I forced myself to stop exploring the island and headed back down to my car. As I made my way over one of many ridges back to the trailhead I spooked about 20 deer and managed to get a quick shot of these two bounding downhill.

Wildlife photography by Nick Oman Photography.

After I made it back to my car and was heading back home something hit me. By visiting this little "Yellowstone" on a spur of the moment I found something that I have been looking for to push my photography. Wildlife! In the past I have just kind of added a few photos here and there from chance encounters of animals while hiking to various landscape locations. Well my new plan is to add destinations and time just to seek out wildlife to photograph. It will take some trial and error and error and error to add this technique to my photography, but this is something I have always wanted to do(I just needed a reminder). It's amazing what a little adventure in nature can do for a wondering mind. I look forward to visiting Antelope Island again for more wildlife photos and also some cool landscapes too.

Oh and get outside!!!