I had never planned on doing a post with these images of lone hikers, runners, or walkers doing their paces along the ridge-lines or crests of the hills that constitute the area north of Salt Lake City, Utah…but one of the images crossed the monitor as it was running through its screen-saver slide-show and the idea suddenly came to me.  I had snapped the photos on what was actually my last hike in the area and I had hoped that capturing the solitary figures would give at least a minimal representation of what the scale was like out there…how we humans were so small in our surroundings…

lone hiker on hills above City Creek Canyon

…and how we chose in our similar mindsets to be out there alone, or with a companion who shared our thoughts or relished being out there in that grandness…that awesomeness of the outdoors with the warm sun on our bodies and the chilled air filling our lungs…and calming our spirits.

single hiker approaching crest of hill to the east of City Creek Canyon

While the scenery was somewhat drab with its winter brown grass and bare trees along the way, the views were incredible and full of knowing how the hills would transform into an explosion of green in just a few months as Spring would be waking the wild grasses and scrub oak bushes…and wildflowers would be spotting the hills again and filling the breezes with their heady perfume…

single hiker atop northern-most  Avenues Twin Peak

That bit of blue at the top of the below photo is the southern end of The Great Salt Lake…

two hikers in hills north of Salt Lake City with Great Salt Lake in background

…and that chain of mountains to the right of the peak in the below photo are the Oquirrh Mountains, the western geographic boundary for the Salt Lake Valley.

two hikers atop Avenues Twin Peaks

I’m not certain, but I believe this next photo is of the drainage just east of City Creek Canyon…another grass and scrub covered bunch of hills and exposed sandy rock.

single hiker in blue in hills north of Salt Lake City

And lastly, there is a mountain-biker heading west on the trail that will take us back to the trail-head at the north end of City Creek Canyon.

single hiker going west on Bonneville Shoreline trail north of Salt Lake City

Ah…the stuff of memories…I can almost smell it up there…feel the trail under my feet…yep…almost….

9 responses

  1. An amazing post that puts human beings in perspective with nature. Awesome, love it!

    January 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

  2. Wonderful images Scott and as you say, we are so small and insignificant in the grandness of it all. This was what really struck right at my heart in Iceland, I love Cornwall but the landscape is on such a very small scale. Iceland is so much bigger and grander, wilder and lonlier and I loved it. From these photographs I can plainly see your attraction to the hills and mountains around Salt Lake City! Beautiful.

    January 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

  3. Nice . . . a bit crowded, but nice.

    January 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

  4. It seems odd to see hills that aren’t covered with trees but refreshing too. We don’t see much wide open land like that here in the forest.

    January 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  5. Wonderful, Scott. Those human figures really do provide a sense of scale.

    January 16, 2015 at 12:11 am

  6. Liana

    this is what “less is more” is all about . . . and then some

    January 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

  7. The word immense comes to mind! Glorious views!

    January 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  8. As a walker I’d find it hard not to stay out walking forever with solitude and views like those

    January 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

  9. These are fantastic! I am so glad I found your blog. Thanks for sharing these. ~Rita

    March 6, 2015 at 5:53 am

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