Archive for December, 2013

it’s that time again….

snow-covered trail sign

Wishing you all the best for the New Year.

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The view from Mt Raymond

Mt Raymond is easily recognized from many locations within the Wasatch Mountains.  You might remember that there are three major canyons in the section of the Wasatch range that forms the eastern geographic boundary of Salt Lake City…Millcreek, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood…from north to south…and they all lie in an east/west orientation.  Mt Raymond lies somewhat near the middle of the ridge that separates Millcreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons.  While I had hiked around it three times and had stared at it so many more, I had never set-out to actually climb to the top of it…until the end of October of this year.  This post doesn’t highlight the hike itself…it shows what can be seen from the trail up to, and from the summit.  If you’ll click on any of the images in the gallery, you’ll be taken to a slide presentation that includes additional orientation-related commentary with most photos.


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Happy Christmas….

Happy Christmas, Aspen and Pine on Lake Desolation Trail


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wispy wintry winds

delicate snow drift


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portrait of a boy, third

Boy in sepia


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The first day of Winter

Snowy stream-bank, Little Cottonwood Canyon Stream


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streaming reflection

snowy streambank with reflection


City Paint 16 – Utah Arts Alliance Legends Mural

If you remember the City Paint post about the Urban Jungle, you might recall that I mentioned that I was allowed access to the property by “someone nearby;” this happened to be the staff at the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA).  Before I ventured over to make the photos of the jungle scene on the adjacent lot, I took advantage of the opportunity to capture some photos of the murals that the UAA had on the side of their building.

Utah Arts Alliance

I couldn’t find any artist information for the next two panels.  They measure somewhere around 10 x 10 feet square and are on the building just to the left of the above image.

Utah Arts Alliance woman image

This next one looks like it belongs in a gallery somewhere…can you imagine creating it on the side of a building and then leaving it out in the elements of the weather?

Utah Arts Alliance abstract people

I didn’t speak with the arts alliance staff about the following gallery, so I don’t know if they’ve even properly titled it, but I refer to it as the “Legends” mural because of the status of the personalities shown…they are singers, composers, actors, philosophers, authors, scientists, and even social activists.  The mural was painted by a street art duo known as Weird Chief.  If you’d like, you can click on their highlighted name and be taken to their web-site to read their bios and see more of their work.

Here’s another gallery of some close-up images of the mural –

And lastly, this is what the mural looks like complete…minus the “far right” panel that is actually on a smaller segment of adjoining wall that is just off-frame to the right.

Utah Arts Alliance Legends mural complete

If you’d like to see more examples of Salt Lake City’s street and building art as I’ve presented them in this City Paint series, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to be taken to a continuous feed of the earlier posts.  


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snowy shadows sliding….

trees on snowy hillside


Late Fall in Little Cottonwood Canyon

After only a fifteen-minute drive from my neighborhood, I was off on another adventure into the woods of Little Cottonwood Canyon.  You might have seen similar images over the last couple of years, but it’s that time of year again when the cold and water combine to make some beautiful and natural art in the out-of-doors.  You can click on any image from the gallery to be taken to the slide presentation that has larger renditions of each photograph.