Little One at Silver Lake (Islets)

We had started our Saturday morning exploring downtown, looking at murals and talking about what they meant, my little one and I.  After getting a bite to eat, he asked if we could take a drive into the mountains…magical words to my mountain-yearning soul.  We drove to the end of Big Cottonwood Canyon and pulled over at Guardsman Pass…where the road turns to dirt for a mile or so and then leads to Park City.  We have been on the road before, but had never stopped there for longer than a few minutes…and I had never hiked the trails leading away from the pull-out, either.  My little one asked if we could go for a hike…and as we didn’t have a back-pack with snacks and water, I told him that we would just go for a little bit of a walk, but nothing too long.  We were on the trail for maybe ten minutes when we saw water sparkling ahead of us.  As I had never been there before, I didn’t know what lake or body of water it might be.  Earlier in the week, I had mentioned that we might go to Silver Lake, down in American Fork Canyon…and as coincidence would have it, the little lake we found also happened to be named Silver Lake…rather, it was one of three small lakes/ponds that are part of what is labeled as “Silver Islets” on our map of the three main canyons in our Wasatch Front.


54 responses

  1. Thank you, Scott, for this peek into your world including your “little one.” Sharing a special moment is priceless.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    • You are welcome, Robert…priceless indeed.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

  2. Scot, I think you are blessed to be living in the middle of such beauty, and peace. And you are generous to let readers know how good the place is, with your wonderfully shot pictures!


    I still do not get your posts by email alert! I miss them.

    Can’t figure out why?
    May be I will unfollow and subscribe again.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

    • Thank you for your precious words, Pattu…and I do feel so fortunate to be living in such a beautiful place…it almost breaks my heart with joy, truly. And you are most welcome for sharing them…your comments are treasures. 🙂

      I don’t know why the email alerts won’t go through. One of my sons had the same problem…and he did the same, unfollowed and followed again…it finally worked, but can’t explain why/how. Are you just clicking on the “follow” button at the top of the page or actually clicking the “subscribe” button at the bottom of the page? I have found that I usually don’t get the email alerts if I click on the button at the top of the page on most other blogs, but do get them if I click on their subscribe button….

      June 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

      • I will do that ,unsubscribe and ask for email subscriptions!
        BTW, wanted to tell you that your son in the photograph is so cute! God bless.

        June 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

        • I hope it works, Pattu…and thank you for your kind words and blessing. 🙂

          June 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

  3. A beautiful spot and some lovely photographs Scott. I wish I’d got to spend a few more moments like that with my Dad.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and yes, to have those moments….

      June 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

  4. Sunshine with your son. So beautiful the people and the place. Thank you

    June 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    • Thank you, Chris…and you’re welcome. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

  5. Great find . . . and no other people!!!

    Nice pictures as well.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • Thank you, Emilio…and no, no other people…just my little one…the reason for being there on that particular morning….

      June 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

  6. A wonderful world….. a joy in our lives.
    The flowers and blue skies, and the smell of the pine trees….. heaven on earth

    June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

    • Indeed it is, John…heaven on earth…. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  7. A boy in the woods-what could ever be better than that? I have memories of times spent in the woods as a boy that I’ve carried my entire life and it does my heart good to know that another boy will be able to do the same.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    • Some/most of my best memories from childhood are from the time I spent in the woods, as well, Allen…wonderful memories. I hope my little one will carry them with him always, too. Thank you.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  8. Scott, by sheer coincidence I also posted some shots yesterday which included my boys. Great minds…….

    June 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    • I still have your last two posts in my in-box, Adrian…will be visiting with you and your boys soon. Great minds……. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  9. Free spirit and warmth. Beautiful.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    • Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  10. Simply delightful… all of it. Discovering the beauty of a new spot. And getting to enjoy it with the precious little one. Life’s golden moments! Best of all, sharing the delicious moment with us.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    • It was a wonderful experience, all of it, Gunta. I’m glad you enjoyed the delicious moments, too. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  11. This reminded me of Mirror Lake up in the Uintahs. I worked one summer at Mirror Lake Lodge, a place that no longer exists. But the memories do. Lovely photos. Thank you for the memories.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • Gotta love those memories, Dezra. We haven’t been up to Mirror Lake yet, but I know where it is on the map and have it on my list of places to visit. I’ve seen beautiful photos, as well…so I know it will be a nice visit. And thank you for visiting…and for letting me know you were here.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      • You will love it. I miss Utah. I do. It was wonderful to find your blog!

        June 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        • I’m sure I will, Dezra…I have yet to find something like this that I haven’t loved. And I’m glad you’ve enjoyed visiting here…lots of natural Utah in my photos. 🙂

          June 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  12. Lovely photos Scott, you are so lucky to live so close to such beauty. 🙂

    June 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them, Leanne…and I do feel very fortunate to live here with all of this beauty just a few minutes down the road…so very fortunate. Thank you. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  13. That’s a very pretty place! I enjoy seeing the scenery in the Wasatch mountains after seeing them only at a distance.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    • It is very pretty, Montucky…I’m glad you enjoyed the closer view provided by the photos. 🙂

      June 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  14. Such a beautiful place to walk and share with the younger generation. Looks heavenly. I feel as though I’m walking around the lake with you and can almost smell the fresh woody air.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:15 am

    • I’m glad the photos captured that essence, Victoria…it was such a beautiful little hike with the nice surprise of the lake at the end of it. 🙂

      June 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

  15. Precious photos Scott! And what a beautiful place! This is how I would picture heaven 🙂

    June 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

    • Thank you, Madhu…and it is such a beautiful place…my heaven, as well. 🙂

      June 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

  16. What a wonderful outcome for a spontaneous side trip! The photos are fantastic, including your little one,and the way the shadows go across him. Thanks!

    June 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • Thank you, Cathy…it was a wonderful little trip…and you’re very welcome. 🙂

      June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  17. Beautiful reflections on the water, Scott and great portraits – very natural.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

    • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  18. Wow, there’s a whiff of The Lord of the Rings about these! Superb 😀 (gorgeous water, too)

    June 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    • Thank you, Eve. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  19. What a beautiful find. We started taking our two kids into the mountains when they were very young and they have never lost their love of the mountains. I feel privileged to have introduced both of them to Alpine mountaineering.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • it was a beautiful find, Andy…and what a privilege, indeed, to have shared that gift of mountaineering with your little ones…and then to have them still enjoy it when they’re off and on their own. How nice for all of you. 🙂

      June 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  20. Such a wonderful, fresh place. Enjoying your photos, Seekraz!

    June 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

    • Thank you, Bente…I’m glad you’re liking them. 🙂

      June 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

  21. lovely pictures, must have been a wonderful day. what are the trees in the first set of pictures – are they cedars?

    June 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    • Thank you, Arati…and I want to say those trees are White Pines, but I could be wrong….

      June 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

  22. Who is the famous naturalist of the early 20th century who wrote all of the books and journals on nature? Your photographs remind me of him. The original environmentalist or some such title. Drat! Getting senile is not funny. I love the Pocahantas lakes, but my favorite is the pretty boy who is there in the photos! 🙂

    July 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

    • I don’t know if you’re thinking of John Muir…maybe? But I do agree with you about the favorite photos…my little one is rather darling…I especially love the one where he’s looking down…something very innocent there. Thank you, George. 🙂

      July 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  23. Gorgeous! What a fabulous find.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    • Thank you, Ruth…and yes, it was. 🙂

      July 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  24. what a beautiful place for a walk… I’m sure it was a great joy to both of you.. Looks like the sort of place where I’d feel very much at home. Beautiful flower too. Some of them grow around here too.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

    • It was beautiful, indeed, Shimon…and a joy to each of us; I would imagine that you would feel very much at home there, too…so peaceful. I think those were butter-cup flowers and I’ve seen them in other countries, as well….

      July 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      • Yes, we do have the buttercups too, over here. But I was thinking of the blue flowers, which I like very much, and which appear only for a couple of weeks here. I know the name in Hebrew, but have no idea what they are called in English.

        July 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        • I believe those are Blue Penstemon…Penstemon cyananthus….

          July 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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