Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bits of history and other fun things!

Stormy and rainy day yesterday so Murphy and I took a ride - really because we wanted to get out and because light and clouds can be fantastic during storms. We got a little wet at Horseshoe Springs during our walk in the rain, but then  the rain pretty much stopped and we had a great time.
There's a lot of history in these desert valleys and it is fun exploring and learning.  Here's some from yesterday.

First a couple of views of Stansbury Island in the morning sun.



Here is the Stansbury mountains in the morning sun.


The back side of the Iosepa sign on Skull Valley Road. Google Iosepa and read the history sometime.


These two and several others were messing around on the road to Dugway just before the Lincoln Highway cutoff.


The plaque and then a 180 view from the point. Man, the wind was horrific up here, had to hid behind rocks to get a steady shot!


Oquirrhs on the right and Stansbury mountains on the left - you'll want to click on this photo to see it better.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Farmers Market

As you might expect, in a rural agricultural area like Tooele Valley, there are a number of farmer's markets every Saturday. One that we frequented was just up the road at the Tooele Valley Nursery and we found organic crops, great sausage, and good conversation.  Here's a couple of shots from a Saturday.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More Birds

You can usually find at least 4 hawks between Lakepoint and Stansbury - so I pulled over yesterday and snapped a couple of photos.







Sunday, November 16, 2014

Looking back through

I'm going back through photos to delete those that I have multiple copies of or otherwise will not use. As I looked through the Timpie Springs WMA photos from a couple of weeks ago, I found these that have a simplicity and peacefulness to them, yet share a part of the beauty of the refuge with us. I hope you enjoy also.





Friday, November 14, 2014

A cold gloomy fall day!

Despite threatening skies and light that required me to add +1.5 stops to the camera in order to get any kind of a decent photo, Murph and I meandered around the countryside.  Not too far because the wind was cold and I got hungry :-) but far enough to get some photos of the day.
We start with another red-tailed hawk, then a raven and then landscape photos - the Indian statue is up at the end of the road of South Willow Canyon. Interesting what you find in the back of the beyond.




Murphy looking for rabbits!


Hawk in sunlight in distant valley.


Love clouds!


Looking toward Deseret Peak in the Stansbury Mountains.


Look closely and you may see a bird painted on his upper lip!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk

Murph and I stopped to photograph this hawk yesterday - and he flew from his perch on the power pole. Since much of their beauty is only seen when they open their wings, I thought you might enjoy seeing how this one looked.






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Murmuration

A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. You may have seen examples on the internet of some incredible scenes of thousands of birds flying together. Mine is not that glorious, but it is the largest I have seen out here so far. Hopefully more will occur AND I'll be here with a camera!



The house finches are another story - here they are all huddled on the deck in the colder weather.


The light and shadows are fantastic this time of year!