curves in the canyon

Curves in Little Cottonwood Canyon Road

38 responses

  1. Heartafire

    I can only imagine the fun I could have there by motorcycle! Such a beautiful place. It reminds me very much of the Blue Ridge Mtns. in NC.

    September 17, 2013 at 8:04 am

    • Oh…the bikers love the place…you can hear them rumbling up and down the canyon all day on the weekends…. The cyclists rather enjoy it, too…you can’t tell by looking at their faces on the way up, but they are in a concentrated bliss on the way down!

      September 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

      • Heartafire

        I can imagine that is quite a challenging bike (cycle) ride! You would need to be in excellent physical condition, or if not, you soon would be! Thanks so much for the pics. Fabulous!

        September 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

        • It’s more than a 9% grade going up into the canyon, the opposite way that the car is going, and I’ve seen the cyclists really straining to make it…but still making it, working very hard at it. It’s certainly not something one tries to tackle right after taking-up the sport. You’re welcome for the photo. 🙂

          September 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  2. Such a fun image Scott…made me smile! Enjoy the day! Robyn

    September 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

    • Thank you for sharing your smile, Robyn….hope you had a wonderful day.

      September 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  3. Cool!!! Made me smile also 😉

    September 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

    • That’s a wonderful thing!

      September 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  4. what a great road.

    September 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

    • Very much so. 🙂

      September 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  5. elmediat

    Wonderful composition. 🙂

    September 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    • Thank you, James.

      September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  6. Is that for REAL??!!

    September 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

    • It sure is, Dreams and Zeros…it’s not the best quality of photo, given that I made it from waaaaay across the canyon and waaaaay up on the side of the mountain, but it’s real like the sun and moon. All I did was crop it and enrich the color a tiny bit…. 🙂

      September 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      • It’s a great shot – I’m not big on heights myself!! This picture made me smile! Thanks.

        September 18, 2013 at 2:22 am

        • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros…I’m glad it made you smile. That’s usually a good thing. 🙂

          September 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

  7. What a Road! Clever positioning of a car at the foot of the image, Scott. I would love to drive that road

    September 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    • Lots of curves on it, Andy…hugging the natural contours of the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon. There wasn’t much traffic on the road at that early hour, so it was rather fortunate to be able to capture one at the right spot.

      September 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  8. It seems like one long smooth curve would have done it, but that’s probably just the engineer in me speaking.

    September 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    • That’s mostly how you can drive it, Allen…when there are no cars in the oncoming lane…but it does follow the terrain features and essentially stays within so many feet, pretty uniformly, from the literal edge of the slope.

      September 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

  9. What an absolutely fun shot. Looks like it could have been taken from a plane. It’s a bit difficult to tell how steep that is when taken from above. I bet the engineer above from NH doesn’t quite grasp the topography involved… I’m guessing a smooth curve would have involved a bunch of tunnels or bridges. A similar situation comes up when following along a river out here, or the coast.

    September 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    • I was very high up on the side of the mountain, so it does give that perspective of being airborne over it. I think Allen from NH was referring to this particular stretch of the road, not the whole thing, when he suggested a smooth curve…which would probably have been feasible if they wanted to tear-out a bit more of the mountainside or fill-in some of the gaps between the natural ridges or folds on the outside of it. At any rate, it is a fun road. I’m glad you liked the image, Gunta. 🙂

      September 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      • Yes, dig into the mountainside a bit and use the fill on the other (left) side of the road. it would probably need retaining walls too, so it would be a lot more expensive.

        September 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        • I think you’re right, Allen…it’s prettier this way, too…if a road can be described as such…. 😉

          September 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

  10. Fantastic image, I feel like hitting the road with the top down and the tunes cranked!

    September 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    • Thanks, Mark…that would be a great place to do it, too…you and everyone else who had the same idea!!

      September 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  11. LB

    Okay! I am there (someday). Great photo!

    September 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • You and your bike will have lots of fun! Thank you. 🙂

      September 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  12. It’s too soon for those trees to be changing like that.. 😦 Beautiful picture Scott.

    September 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    • Thank you, Adrian…and I agree, it is a bit soon…but they didn’t ask me…. 🙂

      September 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  13. That’s great! Sort of makes me carsick though…

    September 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

    • Thanks, Karen….but don’t look at it for too long, then. 😉

      September 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

  14. What’s fun about seeing this on a blog is that first you just see the title, with the “Curves” in it, and a bit of a curve, and for a split second you think OK, then you scroll down more and – Bingo!! – one after the other! So I smiled, too. I used to love to straighten out the curves driving in upstate NY or in the Blue Ridge Mtns, when there was no one (much) on the road. A composer could do a song to the rhythm…

    September 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    • Yep, there was a little bit of “Bingo!” in this one…and another smile, too…how wonderful! I can imagine the fun one might have straightening-out the curves in upstate NY or in the BR Mountains…THAT would be wonderful…and to music, too. 🙂

      September 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

  15. The engineers had a sense of humor. They made a cartoon road! I thought I wasn’t seeing it clearly at first. I never saw such a funny road. I’m from NC and lived in the mountains for a long time. I could always understand the reason for a curve, but this is downright illogical. I love it! 🙂 I can imagine The Roadrunner beeping his way along this one!

    September 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    • I think they probably did, George…while trying to keep it simple, as well. I like the thought of The Roadrunner beeping along, too. 🙂

      September 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

  16. Splendid viewpoint Scott……….and a good use of the liquify filter in Photoshop…….

    Just joking….. 🙂

    September 26, 2013 at 5:23 am

    • Thank you, John…and the Photoshop filter would be nice…but not this time…this one is the real deal. 😉

      September 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

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