Temple Quarry Saturday

The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City was built from blocks of white granite that were “mined” from a “quarry” near the entrance to Little Cottonwood Canyon, just south and east of the city.  When I imagined what a quarry might be, I pictured a huge hole in the ground, or at least a huge scar on the rocky side of a mountain.  The blocks for the temple were actually carved out of boulders that fell from the mountainside in the canyon.  I’m not advertising for the Mormons or the beautiful architectural feat of their showcase temple, I am, however, sharing the natural beauty of the place where this people gently obtained what they needed to build it.

 The site of the Temple Quarry Nature Trail is also the lower trailhead for the Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail.

You can see a boulder in the very bottom and center of the picture that came from the mountain above.

It’s probably easier to see the size of the boulders that were used from this picture than the last one.

Frozen waterfall from the snowmelt on the side of the mountain.  There’s not normally a stream there, so I imagine it’s just from the melting snow on a few warmer days.

This is the snowy canyon at the base of the mountains.  The creekbed/streambed is in there somewhere…not running now, but frozen and diverted further up the canyon.

It’s crazy what the fog does when it freezes on the branches and poles…beautiful crazy….

Took this at the end of the hike…heading toward early afternoon and the winter sun was just creeping over this part of the Wasatch range…beautiful.

Go Sun Devils!

4 responses

  1. Beautiful photographs Scott! I am always amazed by the majestic scale of the western landscape! The range of light and detail is amazing! The geological fractals are a revealing of the historical validity of a long-enduring cosmos. I long to feel the cool, clean air, striding through the snow, hearing the silence of the new powder or the crunch of day-old snow slowly cycling back to water…

    March 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    • Thank you, Jim…and what a wonderful note to complement the post! I was out on that snow again today, although in a different place, and felt that cool, clean air, striding through the snow, and hearing the crunching snow, and watching the streams rushing in a bit of snow-melt from higher in the mountains…it was great! How nice to see you here, too, thank you. 🙂

      March 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

  2. NATHAN BRILL

    It sure is somethin’ else! I can’t wait to see this all in the spring and summer 🙂

    March 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    • Yes, Nate, it is “something else.” And spring and summer are just around the corner…and still beneath several inches of snow at the moment, out there, anyway!

      March 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

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