Alpen Glow over Hayden Peak

Mirror Lake Alpen Glow Sunset

Hayden Peak sits within the Uinta Mountains of Utah, along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway – 50 miles of pure outdoors, surrounded by mountains and wildlife. It’s only open between May-September and is frequented by backpackers and campers. The scene above was photographed from Mirror Lake(the most popular lake along the byway).

That evening I almost lost my gear to the lake; I was setting up my camera and tripod and lost my footing in the rocks and the tripod went falling towards the water. Luckily, I regained my composure and caught the tripod before it went under.

This is one of my favorite shots; probably due to the fact that it was the first time I had camped at Mirror Lake. I’m sure if I were to camp there again, I’d find more compelling compositions.

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Lake Blanche First Winter

Almost 4 years ago I took my first trek up to Lake Blanche, which at 3 miles in, was a strenuous hike; By the time I made it back down the mountain, I couldn’t walk. However, the hike to the Lake was worth all the pain and it showed me that some of the most beautiful scenery is tucked away from all civilization.

Lake Blanche is located in the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah, in the Twin Peaks Wilderness area.

This image remains one of my favorites of this location; due to the fact that it has snow, fall colors and grass in the lake. Sundial Peak stands alone in the background.

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Portrait of a Rough Legged Hawk

Earlier this year, while there was still snow on the ground, a Rough Legged Hawk became a little famous. Several Photographers that I know were able to photograph it with success. As for myself, I was able to get a couple decent images, including this side-view portrait. Hawks are usually skittish and fly away before you get the chance to snap a picture; however this one was unusually tame as it would perch still for a few minutes, not caring about the vehicle parked nearby.

Rough Legged Hawk Portrait

Red Fox in the Shadows

A while back, I visited an area in Northern Utah, known to have several Red Foxes and while I did find multiple Foxes, they were a bit too far away to get a decent picture of.

Well, I got lucky and saw this Adult Red Fox creep out from the forest and stand still for a moment(watching me in the distance), before disappearing the rest of the day.

Foxes are one of my favorite wildlife to observe and photograph. I have seen their family dynamics multiple times over the years and one thing I’ve learned… they are cautious, yet curious.

Red Fox Adult

American Avocet at Sunset

On May 10th, I drove to a local bird refuge(this time of the year it’s usually teaming with a variety of migrating birds) and while there I saw the opportunity to photograph a male American Avocet in the water, with breeding plumage.

I always try to take advantage of early or late evening light(sunrise/sunset), because the light produces a nice glow during Golden Hour, allowing the colors to be naturally saturated.

The below image, is of an adult in non-breeding plumage:

Swainson’s Hawk in Low Light

Last week, while driving around in Northern Utah, I saw this Swainson’s Hawk perched on this wooden pole. The light was pretty low as the sun had already set below the mountains; but I didn’t want to leave without getting at least one decent image, of a beautiful hawk I rarely get to see.

Swainson's Hawk

Burrowing Owls on a Monday Evening

I took a drive to an area by Golden Spike National Monument in search of Owls. I saw several Burrowing Owls and 2 Short Eared Owls; however, was only able to photograph the Burrowing Owls. The first image was photographed under harsh evening light and the second was after the sun had dipped below the mountain’s horizon creating even low-light.