The weather called for rain during our trip to Utah but we got lucky. We only saw rain on one day. The morning we went to Antelope Island, just after getting off the plane, was a perfect day even though it was a little warm and the bugs were more annoying than ones in Florida. The ride on the causeway out to the island was amazing. We pulled over several times.
Far across the lake I could see hundreds of avocets. Avocets are fairly rare in my area and I’ve only seen one. I was bummed they were so far away but the water levels were extremely low due to a long drought in Salt Lake City.
Across the island a coyote was running for the trees. He stopped for a brief second as if to say “Take a picture quick lady cause I’m outta here.”
The roads were lined with yellow flowers.
Stopping along the way to take pictures of the bison.
The horses were on a historic farm on the island. Even they were getting annoyed with the bugs.
We loved Antelope Island. Since it’s so close to Salt Lake City, we stopped by twice. The bugs were vicious and the birding was slow but the landscape was amazing.
Horse Pens 40 Park sits at the top of Chandler Mountain in northern Alabama, the 3rd highest elevation in the state in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I hadn’t been since i was a toddler so I didn’t have any memory of being there. On the way home from hiking around Noccalula Falls, my sister and I decided to stop in for a quick walk. The park has cabins and trails and is known for holding music festivals during the summer. The park was originally settled in 1880 and the name comes from the deed containing the amount of land the horses were kept on, horse pens 40 for 40 acres.
I hadn’t been to Horsepower for Kids horse farm/sanctuary in a while so I stopped by on the way home after a walk at Chesnut Park. It had started raining so I walked around with my umbrella since the weather had cooled off.
Said “Hi” to the chickens and pigs. The one above came over to give me a snort.
The mandarin duck family seems to be growing there.
The kids out for a ride did not seem to mind the rain.
A few of the fowl I snapped while watching the horses.
I spent another morning relaxing at HorsePower for Kids animal sanctuary. There’s something about watching the ducks swim around the pond and the horses grazing that takes the stress away. I guess because I don’t have to feed them or clean up after them. I can just stop by and chill with the farm animals.
I was watching some of the volunteer kids chasing after a crazy rooster that had gotten free and was driving all of the other animals crazy. That rooster was pretty slick and kept them running for a while. It’s always entertaining there.
I don’t normally hang out on the side of the road watching cows. I was taking pictures of the swallow-tail kites flying over the cow fields in central Florida and started snapping pictures of things you don’t normally see in the city of Tampa.
“Don’t land on me” said the turtle to the great blue heron.
Floating around the pond.
Love is in the air.
Showing off for the ladies.
I think this one needs some sunscreen.
This pond has its own “cotton ball” head duck.
This is probably my last trip to the “funny” farm this year, or least until very late fall. It’s already too hot here. It was a perfect morning in early March. All of the animals were very active. In the summer they’ll be sleeping all day and the farm will be filled with “summer camp” kids. Although, it’s tempting to go back in the summer to see if there were any spring baby animals.