Antelope Island reflectioning….

That might not really be a word, “reflectioning,” but I’m not too concerned about what it really might or might not be.  It struck me as appropriate when I was viewing the photos I made from my fourth and most recent trip out to Antelope Island State Park, Utah.  Maybe it can become a word if enough people begin and continue to use it…so go ahead and try it out, if you’d like…use it in a few sentences…try to fit it in somehow on your Christmas cards this year…it’s not trademarked or anything….

Anyway…my Utah son and I made another trek to the island this past October and I brought home these photos.  If you can recall any of my other trips out there (you can find them by searching in the archives [below] of February and September of 2012, and again in February of 2014), you might notice how much lower the water level is this time.

This Wikipedia article on the Great Salt Lake addresses the fluctuating lake levels, record lows and highs…as well as many other interesting things lake-related.

There wasn’t much of a breeze, no gusting winds, and no scalding sunshine (it was sunny, but nice), so while the inversion/smog layer was out there in the distance polluting the sky, it made for nice layering effects for the captured images.

I would have preferred the above photo to include the top of the island in the reflection, but that was not to be had, thanks to the water level.  Hmm…having just typed that, I might have been able to get it in the image if I had stood on top of my son’s car as it was parked on the causeway behind us….  I don’t think he would have appreciated that, though, as he just picked it up from the dealership that week.

This person was of a similar mind, being out there with a camera (phone?) and taking advantage of the simple marvels offered by a little trip to the island on a Saturday afternoon.  All of those black specks in the image are actually birds, not dirt on the camera lens.  🙂

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19 responses

  1. -N-

    I’ve driven through Salt Lake, and spent the night up on the hill toward the center of town, but never actually thought about visiting the shores. I will be sure to do so next time.

    December 3, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    • Be prepared for bugs if you go in the warmer months…otherwise, it’s absolutely wonderful out there.

      December 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm

  2. The Salt Lake is like a mirror reflectioning the world around it. 😀

    December 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    • Yes, it is, Gunta…. 🙂

      December 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm

  3. Upon reflectioning on my own life, I am saddened to never have seen (in person) a spectacle more descriptive of the word reflectioning. Would have loved to have reflectioned it in person and, of course, with my own single-reflecxioning camera.

    Very nice, indeed.

    December 3, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    • Reflecting upon your words, Emilio…and what I understand to be your own appreciation of this type of natural wonder, I am confident that you would have a great time out there and would take home probably hundreds of images…to reflect upon…and later share with the rest of us.

      December 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      • Yeah, hundreds sounds about right.

        Hope you’re enjoying the holidays and have good things to look forward to in the New Year.

        December 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        • Thank you, Emilio…I wish the same for you and your bride….

          December 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        • Thank you, Scott.

          December 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          • You’re welcome. 🙂

            December 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  4. Beautiful photos!

    December 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    • Thank you, Peggy.

      December 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  5. Scott, these are simply extraordinary. Yes, the inversion layer worked for you! You’re always really good at composing and framing, and once again, you found the perfect angles. I will need to look at these again, and again. Such subtlety in those reflections, and yeah, I guess they really are reflectioning – it’s a verb-y process that’s happening, very alive. I like that you chose to photograph the landscape with and without people – both are very satisfying. These are so serene. Thank you!
    p.s. I’m aware of the lake’s ups & downs from reading Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge. I was in SLC twice but didn’t get out there – next time I will, for sure. And speaking of Terry, I bet she’s incensed about Bears Ears and Grand Staircase. I hope this action by that *%#! doesn’t allow destructive drilling, etc. to begin on these lands. We have enough of that elsewhere. So discouraging.

    December 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    • Thank you, again, for the feedback and kind words, Lynn…and you are most welcome. I hope you do get down to Salt Lake and have time to go exploring Antelope Island or other parts of the shore/lake. I know I would enjoy your pictorial souvenirs.

      I was only minimally familiar with Terry Tempest Williams, but have now read more about her and her books (after your above mention), so I have added her to my list and actually bookmarked her “books” link from her website for a more speedy search. And yes, I too, am fearful of what “that *%#!” will do to our public lands…..

      December 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  6. Reflectioning – i like the sound of that word and what beautiful examples you have shown of this fantastic place, Scott. The light is soft, the reflections precise. A place that speaks of serenity and calm.

    December 5, 2017 at 1:22 am

    • It struck me as fitting, Andy…the whole elegant mess of other words seemed to condense appropriately into just that one…and work. And you summed it up, too…it has only been serenity and calm out there in my experience…each of the four times I made it out there left me with those feelings exactly.

      December 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

  7. Those are excellent photos of a very beautiful place!

    December 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    • Thank you, Allen…I’m certain that you would enjoy exploring out there….

      December 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

  8. Liana

    These are so damn fine . . . not even a fence could improve them. 🙂

    January 16, 2018 at 8:30 am

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