Most of you out there are probably like me: where ever you live, even if you live in Utah, probably didn’t even know that it was possible to get out to Stansbury Island. And if you did know that, pat yourself on the back and then refrain from calling me a retard. The point is, most people think of everything from the Great Salt Lake on west to be an ugly, barren wasteland. And I have to admit, I was in that category for a good chunk of my life.
Turns out I was mistaken.
There is inherent beauty in most places we go. You just have to know where to look. Photography has helped me enhance the ability to see the best of things and people – to see not just the good stuff, but the great and incredible in everything out there.
There is an undeserved misconception about what the Great Salt Lake is or is not. It is created by people who may only drive by on the interstate and never stop to enjoy the sites of the lake. Some claim that Great Salt Lake stinks.
I’m here to tell you all that these ideas are completely misleading and grossly wrong.
I’ve had the opportunity to go out to the lake in a couple different location with Scott Stringham, who’s entire photography mission is to showcase the sites of the Great Salt Lake in its incredible beauty. Just look at his stuff- breath-taking work.
Back to the main point- Stansbury Island.
This place used to be illegally closed before the state of Utah fought the rancher who had closed the island through the courts and won. So the island is completely accessible. After traveling to the extreme north end of the island we got to a kiosk. At this kiosk, you learn about lake Bonneville, which is what the Great Salt Lake used to be after the ice age. From there you can follow a trail marked with signs that show you the level of the lake at certain periods of ancient history. This trail winds through a maze of big red rock overlooking Stansbury Bay, creating an amazing panoramic view.
Heading west down to the beach I noticed that the water had a red tint to it from the brine shrimp and bacteria there. This red tint coupled with the near rock hard salt bed of the lake in some places forms the conditions for and extremely calm waterscape that perfectly reflects the intriguing sunset sky above. This is such an incredible place.
Later on that night we had the chance to get some great nightscapes as well. It was a different animal from silver lake however. When facing east for the Milky Way view, rather seeing the stars against a black backdrop like at Silver lake, we were looker out over Salt Lake City, with the glow of light pollution adding a middle layer of bright highlight to the exposure. But I think it just added interest to my photos.
I really had a blast getting to go out to Stansbury Island for these photographs, and I couldn’t be happier with how mother nature provided us with such a great evening for photos. Check out the gallery HERE.