Desert Brush Flowers – Stansbury Island

It’s been a month or so since I’ve been out to the west desert and I’m itching to get the camera and tripod out. There’s one problem: It’s overcast so the lighting is flat. There aren’t too many waterfalls in the desert so I’m not sure what I’ll get if I go under these lighting conditions.

I check the weather satellite feeds to see if there will be any let up in cloud cover. Doesn’t look like it. I don’t care. I’ll take the kids, explore the desert, and maybe get some photos along the way. You never know what you’ll find. Besides, it’s not raining and the temperature is pretty moderate. It sure beats milling around the house.


Heidi’s running a baby shower so the kids help me pack up the FJ and we head out to Stansbury Island in the Great Salt Lake, just outside of Grantsville and Tooele. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there. We drive around the island for a bit and decide to drive up past the foothills along a jeep trail. After a few miles the trail ends and becomes a foot trail so we park, have some food, and begin exploring. Of course, the kids haven’t been out of the car for more than a few minutes before they’re up the mountainside, hiking to a small cave they spotted from the road. They’re like little mountain goats.

I follow the kids to the cave and, while they’re exploring it, I notice some desert brush with beautiful, small flowers. I like the complimentary colors of the foliage and decide to do a macro shot. The lighting will work for it. There certainly won’t be any shots of sweeping vistas today. I get the tripod out, swap the center column to a horizontal position, splay the legs out, and compose. It’s a simple shot but it’s great to be exposing. I love this tripod and the seemingly endless configurations it can be placed in. The ease with which the center column can be moved and adjusted horizontally is one of my favorite things about the legs. Great design, Manfrotto.

Macro image of small flowers in desert brush

After checking the exposure and image on the camera’s LCD, we continue our exploration of the island. We hike around for a bit, find some old seashells from Lake Bonneville embedded in exposed rock, find some petrified wood, and call it a day.

After grabbing some food at In-N-Out in Centerville we head home. It was great to be out with the kids exploring and photographing the desert.