Monday, March 31, 2008

Okay, okay. More Mountains

It snowed last night, which meant white mountains and blue skies this morning. I couldn't help myself. I had to take more photos of the mountains because although I don't enjoy the cold, my favorite view of the is this: White against the blue, with the sun coming through the clouds. This was my favorite of the photos I took this morning. There are more, but I'll mingle them in with architecture over the next month.
Salt Lake City would be just to the left of this photo. If you go to Wikipedia's Wasatch Front page you can see the entire Salt Lake Valley range in a sliding panoramic composite. At the far left, you can see the city on the valley floor, with larger buildings trailing up onto the mountain. (The University of Utah, with 3 large hospitals is located there on the bench. They are the white rectangles visible on the mountainside high above the valley floor). The next mountain to the right in the photo is the one I've posted a photo of today.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bingham Copper Mine

This is a pretty up close an personal view of the Bingham Copper Mine.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Twin Peaks

The next in line on the Wasatch is Twin Peaks. There is some good skiing to be had in the canyons around this mountain.

Friday, March 28, 2008

She's a beauty

I've always loved Lone Peak for it's near symmetry. That's not common in a MOUNTAIN! A number of people, more than you might think, have been so tempted by this mountain that they've hiked to that lonely spot right on top, only to be struck by lightning and loose their lives. I'd rather look at if from down here, I think.
Lone Peak meets Traverse Ridge at Corner Canyon, at the lower left.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

We call her Mt. Timpanogos

Last week I showed you a sunset over the Oquirrhs. This week, I thought I'd show you some of the Wasatch Range which hems in the East side of Salt Lake Valley. I'll try again someday when the weather is better. With blue skies, and snow these babies really sparkle. They are also gorgeous in the summer when they are all GREEN GREEN and brown. In the fall all of the leaves start to turn, and there will be waves of color across them. I'll try to get all of these in time. Today, we have Traverse Ridge - which runs along the base of the valley looking somewhat like a fence in front of Mt. Timpanogos. From the title of my post, I'm sure you recognize that I'm cheating a little bit. Timp is in Utah Valley, just south of us. She is a tower, and I have a soft spot for her because my college years were spent at her feet.
For those of you longing for some architecture, I'll get to that soon. Bear with me - I just wanted to show a little more about where all that architecture was located first. This photo was taken from the Oquirrh bench.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One of those Noisy kids' toys

I am willing to admit, that when I was small, I LOVED these kinds of toys. Funny how noise isn't nearly as entertaining to adults. I really did like the colors though, and couldn't resist taking the photo. It's a nice quiet way to remember the toy I hate to hear.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Donkey Tail

My mother calls this stuff Donkey Tail. Is that the real name?

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Crocus are blooming!

When these tender little beauties pop their heads up, they bring a message. "Spring is here, next showing - tulips and daffodils." I planted tulips and daffodils in my yard this year, and we'll see. My mother's look much better than mine do, already - but they get the morning sun. That explains it pretty well, mine will just take longer to bloom.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Blessings

This isn't your typical Easter Lily - but that's okay. It wishes you all a lovely Easter day all the same.

Ode to the END of Winter

I'm just so awfully glad that we won't be seeing any more snow the likes of this for a long while. Thankfully, I admit that we were only "snowed in" once this year - so this photo does document an extreme moment. However, I am truly truly thrilled at the advent of spring.

The Day's End

The mountains shown here are the Oquirrhs which run along the West side of the Salt Lake Valley. They are not as tall as the Wasatch Range that run along the East side of the valley, but they are lovely nonetheless and make for some fantastic sunset shots.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shall we call the Fire Department?

I seriously doubt that this needs any explanation.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Rainbow's End

I love rain. I love the smell of the earth after the rain. I love the fact that the clouds are still obscuring the blue sky in this photo, making the rainbow so much more brilliant. Sometimes, contrast is the greatest ally in terms of appreciating beauty and recognizing the blessings that are ours.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Salt Lake Temple on a clear Winter Day

The Salt Lake Temple is one of the older buildings in Utah, constructed over a span of 40 years, and dedicated in April of 1893.

Monday, March 17, 2008

A day at Hogle Zoo.

Penguins have been on the big screen a lot lately. These never made it to actual film, but I'm sure they'd be happy to know they were debuting on small screens around the world today.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tulip Festival

Thanksgiving Point, near Salt Lake, has a botanical garden, and annual Tulip Festival each year. It is one of the most spectacular displays of natural beauty that I've ever seen.