Oquirrh Mountain Panorama

The Oquirrh (pronounced like “ochre” and meaning “wooded mountain” or “shining mountain” in the Goshute Indian language) Mountains provide a natural boundary for the western edge of the Salt Lake Valley…and while they are  not as impressive in forested ruggedness and height as the Wasatch Mountains that serve as the eastern boundary, they do have their moments of splendor.  Something that detracts from the natural beauty of the range is the open-pit mine that you can see toward the right of the image.  All of that being said, the Oquirrhs do still provide a compelling backdrop or landscape feature when viewed under particular circumstances and from certain perspectives.  I made this photo while on the summit of Grandeur Peak (8,299 ft), which is on the opposite side of the valley, just north of the entrance to Millcreek Canyon.

Oquirrh Mountain Panorama

16 responses

  1. They look pretty impressive to me Scott. Very nice photo. It’s always difficult to get my head around the scale. Awesome. 🙂

    December 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    • They do have their attributes, Adrian…and yes, the scale of the surrounding mountains still make my head swim sometimes…thank you. 🙂

      December 31, 2012 at 7:01 am

  2. Amazing how big it is. Lovely

    December 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    • Quite large, Yvonne…thank you. 🙂

      December 31, 2012 at 7:01 am

  3. That’s really beautiful. I haven’t tried the panorama option in my cameras yet.

    December 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    • This one isn’t actually a panorama shot in the camera, I was far enough away that I was able to capture the image with one shot…however, all of the header photos on my blog are with the panorama setting on the camera.

      December 31, 2012 at 7:03 am

  4. I was just sorting through some pictures last night and came across a visit to the Kennecott open pit mine back in the mid-80s. The scale of the place is mind-boggling, but it’s like an open sore on the landscape. 😦

    December 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    • I’ve only driven near the mine, but yes, it does appear to be quite huge…and yes, it is very much like an open sore on the landscape…it’s horrible what they’ve done to that range….

      December 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

  5. Desolate beauty….makes my mind wander…thanks for that.

    December 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    • Most welcome, Nancy…and thank you, too. 🙂

      December 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

  6. Breathtaking, Scott. Best wishes for the new year! 🙂

    December 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…and I hope you have a safe and peaceful new year also. 🙂

      December 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

  7. That is a nice shot. Must be some hiking possibilities over there?

    December 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    • I’ve researched trails on-line, Terry, and have found several articles that indicate that much of the land over there is privately owned by mining corporations and is patrolled by armed guards…and boundaries are often indistinct…

      December 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

  8. A real sense of distance and isolation, Scott. I still cannot get over how BIG the USA really is.

    January 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    • I’m glad that distance and isolation came across…and that one can’t really see the details of the city that occupies the valley. I had read a handful of books about the area after moving here and find myself wondering sometimes what it would have been like to have been here when it was unoccupied by “us.” I would love to have seen that scale of grandness without the trappings of our modern life here…. Thanks for your comment, Andy…rather got my mind going there for a sec. 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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