Scale…or perspective….

It’s nice sometimes, and necessary at other times, to take a step back…or up, to get another view of the objects of our attention….  It’s amazing what we can see when we’re not so focused on the one single thing…but on the whole and big/huge picture….  I hope you’ll enjoy these photos of one of my favorite places here in the canyons and mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA….

This is what appears to be an old water-wheel house on the banks of the stream in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  If you were to peer inside the window, you could see the old spooned wheel that used to turn with the flow of water to generate electricity many years ago.

Here’s another view from a little farther away….  I’m actually standing in the middle of the stream-bed taking the picture.  The stream is empty right now, as the entirety of the water is being captured upstream and diverted into the water supply for the metropolitan Salt Lake City area.  It will be flowing bank to bank in a couple of months when the water from the snow-melt is running.

This shot is from the slope heading up the side of the mountain that is on the south side of the canyon…you can see the empty stream-bed.

And lastly, this one is from way up on the side of the mountain.  You can see the wheel-house on the stream bank near the lower right-hand corner of the photo….


32 responses

  1. What a good lesson.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:33 am

    • Thank you, CJ. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

  2. Nice images, I need to visist Salt Lake City sometime!

    April 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    • Thank you, Lazaro…it’s a Beautiful place! 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

  3. A nice series Scott. I really like the different views of the same building. Scale and perspective.. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and yes, scale and perspective. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  4. An excellent study in perspective, Scott. Many of us tend to zoom our attention so far in that our subject’s place in the greater whole doesn’t get the attention it sometimes also needs for full appreciation.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    • Thank you, Gary, it was a marvel to see where that little building fit in the whole scene. I love macro work, but this is incredible, too. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  5. Nut Balls

    I love the beauty of an old abandoned building or, in this case, an old wheelhouse. There once was a purpose to this building that had nothing to do with nostalgia…just functionality and utility. Very nice photos 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    • Thank you, Nathan…I love the old abandoned ones, too…so much unknown about them, stories to be told by someone…. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  6. A very beautiful place is right! Love that last image, Scott.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    • Thank you, Karen…so beautiful. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  7. I love the mountains there. It looks like it would be a great place to do some rock and mineral collecting. It seems odd to me that they would basically turn off a stream to get water for a city, but I know how scarce and valuable it can be in the west.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • I love those mountains, too, Allen…and make it a point to be out there and with them as often as I can. There are all types of rock out there, too…granite, basalt, some other types of lava-looking bubbly kind of rock, sandstone…quartz and marble…it was pretty active geologically over the years…and supposedly overdue for some more shifting and stretching and raising of the mountains.

      And yes, it is a bit odd to capture all of the water for part of the year to provide for the peopled cities, but as I responded to Leanne above, the water would end-up in the Great Salt Lake after joining the Jordan River…and then it would be of no benefit to anyone. The lake’s salinity content is greater than the oceans, so nothing lives in it aside from some shrimp and flies…no fish, nothing else. So…I don’t know if anything is being hurt by “us” removing it before it gets to the lake. The lake gets water from four rivers, all run-off from the mountains and a fresh-water lake. Still…something to think about. Thank you for the thought exercise. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      • Thank you for your in depth reply. I’ve never really known much about Utah and have discovered through your blog that it’s and interesting and beautiful place. I agreee with not letting clean fresh water be wasted by letting it become salt polluted-that doesn’t make much sense in a region where water is so precious. Thanks again.

        April 27, 2012 at 3:46 am

        • You’re welcome for the info, Allen…. 🙂

          April 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

  8. That is a great way to show it. I like the different perspectives. It is a shame about there being no water flowing. You have to wonder what effect it has had on the animal population and such. They did a similar thing here to a river and it was pretty bad. Sometimes I don’t thing we should mess with nature.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    • Thank you, Leanne…and I can’t begin to guess about the animal population. I do know that within a couple of miles from there, the stream is in the middle of a residential area…and there are still deer and other creatures around. All of the water would end-up in the Great Salt Lake, so I’ve read, and that fluctuates in level year by year, depending on the amount of rain and snow-fall. Once the water is in the lake, it cannot be used for anything…the water has a greater salinity level than the oceans do…and aside from some tiny shrimp and flies, there is no animal life in the lake…no fish, nothing. So, in this instance, I don’t know how greatly we’re hurting things by capturing the water from the stream for the human part of nature. I don’t know…certainly something to think about, though…. Thank you again for your compelling comment. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  9. So nice to go exploring with you. Those jagged mountain peaks are pretty amazing, too.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the little trip, Gunta…thank you for joining me…. 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  10. victoriaaphotography

    Great photos. The last one is my favourite. How lucky you are to get out in the mountains like this – I am rather envious.

    April 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…and truthfully, I feel rather lucky, too. 🙂 I hope I’m never here long enough to take them for granted or to “forget” about them being there. I still intentionally look for/at them every day….

      April 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  11. I really enjoyed this post, Scott. The tones and textures of these images are really compelling. Each one is so thoughtfully and beautifully composed.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • Thank you for your very nice words, Melanie…can you tell that I love the place? 🙂

      April 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  12. Hello Scott, you have some great places to photograph in and around SLC. Another thought provoking series of pictures.

    Have you seen this blog: ‘’ – there’s lots of great stuff here including fine images of Utah.

    April 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    • Hey there, Finn…we do have some nice places up here…very photographic. And yes, I did happen to meet our friend, Ruthincolorado from the weirdandcoolstuff site. She visited and we chatted for a bit about our common travels…. Seems like we’ve been in Germany, Colorado, and Utah at various times…touched-base at the same place a couple of times. Thank you for the intro…she said you mentioned my site, as well. 🙂

      April 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  13. George Weaver

    Yes, I can see that you love the place. Who wouldn’t? But, I have a bit of trouble with rock mountains. The ones in SW Texas are astounding to look at, but the lack of any vegetation of some of them kind of scares me. The mountains in Texas are rounded so they aren’t quite as rugged-looking. Maybe it is the rounded effect that makes me uncomfortable with them. There are no settlements for miles between them too. I think that’s what was a little unnerving as I drove through them. There were lots of dead air stretches too. The only towers were oilfield towers that were fairly far apart. Your photographs do put things in perspective. We are tiny, aren’t we!

    April 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    • I do love the place, George…so very much…and my mountains and canyons, especially. I’ve been through SW Texas a few times, the last being probably being close to eight years ago, though. It all seemed to pretty much blend into the rest of the desert that I had driven through to get there…and I wasn’t much impressed…except along the river where things happened to be green in that early May. And yes…we are quite tiny. 🙂

      April 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  14. I absolutely love a creative mind….Thank you for showing so much beauty in the everyday and long forgotten treasures

    April 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    • Such nice words, Kirsten…thank you…and you’re welcome. 🙂

      April 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  15. Amazing shots especially the last one!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • Thank you, Madhu…I thought it was kind of amazing, too. 🙂

      April 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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