urban pastoral

My son and I went exploring in the area where one might find the setting for the images from the Homestead Series…a bit north and west of Salt Lake City proper…heading up into the next county…and up closer to The Great Salt Lake…where one can also find horses and cows grazing in open fields, hear domesticated geese honking from their farm-side ponds, and experience the exhilarating scent of a steaming manure pile on a crispy winter morning.  If you’ll look toward the upper edge of this photograph, you’ll notice a radio tower…and the silhouette images of some of Salt Lake City’s downtown buildings….

foggy stream with reeds

44 responses

  1. gorgeous picture!

    March 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

    • Thank you, Shimon.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  2. Beautiful, Scott!

    March 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • Thanks, Erica. 🙂

      March 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  3. Lois Farley Shuford

    What a stunning photo, Scott. Looking forward to this series!

    March 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    • Hello, Lois…thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      March 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  4. I like this photo very much. Sort of surprising.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    • I think you’re right, Bente…it is kind of surprising, coming from where it does…thank you.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  5. Love the mist rising from the water and the snow-tufted grasses. A really interesting departure from your recent, higher-altitude landscapes.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    • It is a little different, Gary…my son and I spent more than a couple of hours out there…up and down one lane after another…sometimes over my knees in the snow….looking…looking.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  6. Liana

    if it weren’t for the sturdy utilitarian fence softened up in the fog, the snow, the dimensionality in all that, and the color—a subtle redness to the bush branches–the weighty reeds bending in the foreground, the treeline back there, the keep-going hint of misty mountains…the stream hidden but present…the overall composition and feeling, the actual presence of quietude in sound… well, if not for all these things, I’m sorry to say this wouldn’t be much of a picture at all

    March 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

    • Wow, Liana…I’m glad I managed to cram all of those things into this one…. 😉

      March 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  7. It’s nice to be able to get to the country that quickly.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    • It was very nice to get out there, Allen.

      March 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  8. That is one super shot! Well done Scott!

    March 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    • Thank you very much, Adrian. 🙂

      March 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  9. The snow laden grasses and mist are beautiful. I love this kind of place – the working landscape, and the intersection of the man-made with the natural – the edges of fields, streams, etc.

    March 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lynn…I hope to get back out there after “greening” and see how things look then…probably no mist on the water, but it should still be really nice.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  10. victoriaaphotography

    Great shot, Scott. I love the grass in the foreground leading to the grassy bank weighed down with snow and them up onto the tree line – makes for a really good composition.

    March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…it felt like a good moment to be there…lots of nice things to catch all at once.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm


    March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • Thank you, Susan! 🙂

      March 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  12. I love this one, Scott. It just has so much going for it (though I could do without the signs of “civilization”, they’re subtle enough not to be intrusive in this shot). Funny that I don’t object to the irrigation paraphernalia… 😀

    March 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and I tried to capture something like this further south…deeper into town, but the snow was pretty much yuck at the time and the accent I was hoping for was gone…so we get to have this one with the civilization stuff in it…at least I was able to remove the overhead, green freeway signs that were in the uncropped image off to the right…. 😉

      March 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      • Thank goodness for the cropping tool!

        March 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  13. Wow! Another breathtaking shot! There are so many things to see in this photograph. Very nice work!

    March 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank you very much, Melanie. 🙂

      March 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  14. I love the reeds in the foreground and the misty moodiness of the water.

    March 12, 2013 at 5:30 am

    • I really liked those things, too, Meanderer…and glad it didn’t take too long for my fingers to thaw after taking the photos out there. 🙂

      March 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  15. Very nice shot!

    March 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    • Thanks, Terry. 🙂

      March 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  16. Fantastic, sacred nature (even with the faint image of a cell tower in the background)……when the “heart” sees the photo sings as this does! shanti…kai

    March 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

    • Thank you very much, Kai.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  17. apple14

    I love the atmosphere of this photo, absolutely fabulous !


    March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • Thank you, Olivier…and thank you for visiting, too.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  18. Love this. Beautiful.
    There is this wonderful sense that the grasses are gently bowing to each other from across the creek. Namaste.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…and that is a wonderful sense, too, that the grasses would be doing that…in peace.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  19. Glorious foreground cleverly separated from the background by that subtle mist rising from the water. What a joy to see this. Great image, Scott

    March 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • Thank you very much, Andy…I was hoping the mist would still show significantly in the photo…it was wonderful seeing it out there.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  20. Great image Scott….iconic….one of those striking photos we all wish we had taken.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    • Those are very nice words, John…thank you so much.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  21. This is an excellent meeting of the natural and human elements in a landscape.

    March 16, 2013 at 6:13 am

    • Thank you, Steve…they do seem to blend together nicely here.

      March 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  22. Inspired and pretty

    A fantastic image, so beautiful !

    March 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

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