Each spring this a common scene for a couple weeks on the slopes of the Fish Lake hightop dropping down into the floor of the valley in Wayne County in southern utah. There is a large hanging valley at about 7000 feet to the west of Capitol Reef National Park where all the little towns, ranches and settlement in the upper half of the county sit. The deer spend the winter eating dry grass and scrounging around the valley floor looking for food because it is usually clear of snow. In late February and early March, as the days lengthen and the angle of the sun rises, the south slopes of hightop melt off and fresh vegetation appears. At times there will be hundreds of deer and the occasional elk or antelope picking through the new growth.
Visually, I like the alteration between the warm greens and browns of the sagebrush and grass and the cool blues and whites of the snow and shadows. The sense of space and the effects of aerial perspective and the scattering of cool blue and violet light I think are just naturally interesting, triggering some sort of instinctual recognition of great spatial reaches and visual depth.
Spring Land, detail