Antelope Island, Utah August 2016  Christine Bogdanowicz (https://www.flickr.com/photos/christinebphotos/)

Join us as we journey to Antelope Island State Park in Utah. Visitors to Antelope Island State Park drive across the causeway, a narrow two-lane road spanning from mainland to island, leaving the bustle of the Wasatch Front for a refuge of rangelands floating on a desert sea. Antelope Island is part of what is known as the Basin and Range, stretching from the Wasatch mountains on the east to the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the west. Antelope Island is the largest island on Great Salt Lake at just over 28,000 acres, stretching 15 miles long and about 5 miles wide.

American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana), seen from the causeway that leads into Antelope Island State Park. We also saw Wilson's Phalaropes, Long-billed Curlews, gulls, swallows (eating lots of bugs) and too many grebes to count...

Sunflowers welcomed us to Antelope Island...

There were dragonflies all over the island--we watched many of them alight on their favorite perches. This is a Western Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum occidentale). For a brief moment, my camera captured this lovely specimen suspended in time, in space and in beauty.

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Have you ever heard of The Story of Ferdinand, the bull? We found him on Antelope Island! This endearing book was and remains one of my favorite childhood stories...

Tatanka, the bull. Before 1800, American bison once roamed the Great Plains in vast numbers: estimates range from 30 to 100 million. Look into this bull's eyes, see into his soul and find part of yours...

The pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, being built for maximum predator evasion through running. Able to run as fast as 55mph, the pronghorn is often cited as the second-fastest land animal, second only to the cheetah. University of Idaho zoologist John Byers has suggested the pronghorn evolved its running ability to escape from extinct predators such as the American cheetah, since its speed greatly exceeds that of extant North American predators. We've seen pronghorn elsewhere out West, but from very far away--we were thrilled to see a healthy herd so close-up and at peace.

Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play. I think we found where this song was written. Pronghorn and Mule deer bucks at sunset--what a magical place.

Happy trails until we meet again.
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