I found these young juvenile purple gallinules feeding along the trail. One was almost completely purple and the other hadn’t quite got his bright purple feathers in yet.
Views from the trail including that small alligator cruising along the lake.
The long walk around. I took the long way around Eagle’s Roost Trail to avoid the crowds later in the morning. I had the trail all to myself. This was right before my hip started hurting so I’ve only made a short trip back since then and stayed close to the parking lot area,
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.
The yellow flowers were blooming again. From across the lake, I could see the alligator swimming around.
I’m not sure what was going on with these 2. The great egret let the alligator get pretty close. The alligator looked like he was ready to take a bite. He finally slid back down under the water and left the egret alone.
I caught this great blue heron with a fish in the bushes along the lake.
It looks like all of the alligators were trying to blend in.
My Mom loved dogwood flowers. We had several in our yard when I was growing up.
Bright yellow everywhere.
Getting a bite. My sister had just fed her fish in the koi pond in her backyard.
Beautiful pine trees along the edge of the yard.
My sister and her husband have spent a lot of time working in their back yard. We were there in late March and the spring blooms were just starting to come out. Their yard looks like a botanical gardens, with flowers, bushes, benches, bird feeders, bird houses and two fish ponds. The thing I noticed the most was the dogwood trees. We don’t have them here in central Florida and I hadn’t seen any during my quick trip to Birmingham. She had several in her yard and it made me think of my Mom.
I wish I could say I was posting these to brighten up a cold winter night but since it’s been sunny and 83 degrees so far this month here in Florida I guess I can’t use that excuse. Other than I was just playing around with my macro lens. I had gotten flowers for Bosses Day back in October and had taken them home over the weekend. I never miss a chance to take pictures of flowers in the house. And if you do live where it’s dark and cold, I hope they cheer you up.