This last weekend I had the opportunity to join the Photowalking Utah group out on Antelope Island for the annual Bison Roundup. Though the actual roundup took place earlier in the week, this was an opportunity to get up close to these amazing animals while being checked, sorted and vetted. My wife and two of my kids made the early morning trek from where we live, which is about an hour and a half drive, the morning after Halloween I might add! Though there were some that went up early for the sunrise, we decided the 9:30 meeting time was early enough for us.
If you have never been to Antelope Island, it is located West of Syracuse, Utah, connected to the “mainland” by a causeway. We met at the State Park gates to allow for some carpooling to save on the entrande fee. While driving on the causeway, I noticed the scene you see above and had to stop the car for a quick few photos. I could have spent a lot of time getting more of these scenes, but I wanted to get up to the corral.
Once up at the right location, our caravan of cars was squeezed into the available parking and we gathered for an early group shot. Getting the group shot right off the bat seems like a wise choice considering last time we only had a small portion of the group represented when we tried to take the shot at the end. Scott Smith, the organizer of this photowalk took the shot and has posted it on flickr.
The enclosure for the bison as they were run through their tests and sorted had only a small number of viewing points, so everyone had to take turns looking for their shots. Photowalks are a funny thing for me, depending on my mood I may spend more time with the actual subject we are there for, and other times either just socialize or take photos of other things. This time around I took a variety of bison shots, but ended up shooting more photos of the photowalkers in action. I came back with a fun set of photos and having had a great time with friends. You can view my flickr set from the outing to see more of what I ended up taking and posting. Also, check out the flickr pool of what everyone has posted to seem some great photos.
The next outing is a ladies walk, so I’ll pass on that 🙂 December will likely have a couple of events, so keep tabs on announcements on the PhotwalkingUtah.com site.