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Great Salt Lake again

I took this one from up in the Wasatch Mountains, northeast of Kaysville, Utah. The camera was pointing southwest.

Mormon Temple

A photo tour of Utah wouldn’t be complete without a picture of the center of Salt Lake City, the Mormon temple. We walked around Temple Square on Christmas Eve. The temperature was well below freezing, and I was with a bunch of relatives who weren’t going to wait for me to take pictures. I did snag a few, but they are all a bit over or under exposed. I didn’t have time to take multiple exposures.

View from my Utah bed

I had a hard time choosing between today’s images. Instead of making a choice I will present both.

When I woke up the day after Christmas the above was the view from my bed. My camera happened to be next to the bed so I just reached down and took this photograph while still lying down. The snow on the bottom of the window frame reminded me of how kids draw snow scenes. This may have been the first time I actually saw snow lining the bottom of a window in real life though.

Not content with just a view while horizontal, I also went up to the window to capture this second, unframed scene. A blue sky always seems a bit bluer when there is snow on the ground (plus the tinted window seemed to give everything on the other side of it a bit of a blueish hue).

Another Utah winter scene

winter scene

During our week in Utah, breaks in the snow were infrequent; breaks in the clouds were even more rare. When they did happen I broke out my camera to feast on the views. The structure in this photo is a chicken coop. The town was Kaysville.

For more winter scenes, click here.

Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake (in the distance) from a Fruit Heights neighborhood… The “mountain” in the lake is Antelope Island State Park.

Utah Winter Scene

There weren’t many blue skies while we were in Utah, but here was one of those few moments.

Christmas dinner

Utah Snow

We lucked out on our drive to Utah. We experienced about the only two days of non-freezing, non-storming days of the past few weeks. It was very strange to go over Donner Summit at an elevation of almost 7,300 feet near the end of December and encounter lots of rain but no snow (even though there were several feet of snow on each side of the highway).

As soon as we arrived in Utah, though, the storms began again and the temperature dropped. When you aren’t driving in it, the snow can be rather beautiful. Today’s photograph is from the bottom of the dining room window. There is a black balcony that provides a nice contrast to the gnarly, snow-covered trees.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Continuing on our trip begun in yesterday’s entry, we find ourselves once again in the Bonneville Salt Flats. Most people hate the salt flats, find them something to get through rather than experience. I’ve always found them to be enjoyable (except for the hot, summer night 20 years ago when I was driving a 30-year old car through them that overheated every 10 miles).

The Bonneville Salt Flats are unlike any other place on earth. While not usually aesthetically pleasing there are moments of beauty that can be found. On our way back from Utah the sun was rising, snow had freshly fallen and the clouds were most magnificent. I found it to be one of the most beautiful and different scenes I have ever encountered. Unfortunately, I was driving at the time so you will see no pictures of that view.

Today’s view is of the “Metaphor: The Tree of Utah” sculpture that Swedish artist Karl Momen created about 25 years ago in the middle of nowhere. The sculpture seems to need a fresh coat of paint. Maybe that is just a dirty windshield talking though. This sculpture is perhaps most famous for its appearance on “The Amazing Race.” A clue was placed at its base. One of the teams called it the “Tree of Hemorrhoids.”

Winter vacation

I just got back from almost 10 days on the road. We went from Ashland to Utah and back by car. For the next couple of weeks I’ll share photos from the trip.

Today’s photo is of the sunset in the salt flats between Wendover, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah. Sorry the picture isn’t that great. The view was great, but taking a photo through a dirty window of a car going 70+ MPH doesn’t usually result in a very good product. I did gets some pretty decent ones from the car on the way back, but you’ll have to wait a couple weeks for those. 😉

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