About the Blog

This web-log or journal started-out as a place where I shared thoughts of thoughts and other sundry things, pieces of my mind, if you will. Most of the postings in the archives from 2009-2010 are in essay or story form.  Family members and closer friends might recognize some of these reflections, as many of them will recount my perceptions of experiences that I’ve had over the years in my work with the health department as a communicable disease investigator working with sexually transmitted diseases, my volunteer work as a member of an Arizona State Supreme Court foster-care review board, and in more recent years as a police 9-1-1 call-taker, dispatcher, and supervisor. My formal education centered on sociology, with a bit of psychology and cultural anthropology thrown into the mix, so related essays, reflections, or observations relative to those studies may appear in the postings as well. Some of them might also touch on my childhood experiences and how they have contributed to who I am today. While much of life can be humorous, my writings likely won’t reflect much of the lighter side of life. The weightier elements of our human existence seem to come out more in my writing, so I hope you will not see the work as dark, but maybe just more internal, representing what is in the places where even you keep your more serious thoughts and reflections.

Shortly after moving to the Salt Lake City area of Utah, USA, in the later part of 2010, the blog morphed into an electronic display-case with photographs of the things and places that I found on my hiking adventures in the local canyons and mountains.  There were still occasional writings on certain observations and reflections, but they became less frequent as I spent more time in the out-of-doors and surrounded by the beauty of our natural world. 

As fate would have it, and as you might have noticed already if you’ve been browsing or scrolling through the blog, we returned to Phoenix and are living once again in the pan of desert that is often referred to as “The Valley of the Sun.”  Life is still as challenging as it was when we lived here before moving to Salt Lake City, but I am hoping to keep the blog focused on the out-of-doors where I am intentionally looking for the beauty that can be found in the Arizona Sonora Desert…and in the more mountainous regions that are north of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

I hope you’ll enjoy what you find here…if you’re looking for reflections on life, dig into the archives of the first two years of the blog…if you’re interested in captured images of the natural world, you’ll encounter those in the more recent posts.  Finally, if you do like what you find here, please leave me a comment so I can thank you for visiting.

Take care, and thank you for sharing your time with me.


138 responses

  1. Hi Scott,
    Would like to add you to my blogroll, if ok with you. Ed

    March 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    • That would be great…thank you, Ed. 🙂

      March 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      • marie

        hi scott. I am doing a presentation on zoning in avalanche areas at the end of this month. may I use a few of your images ?

        October 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

        • Hello Marie – please send me an email with the links to the images that you’re considering. My address is listed on the copyright page. Thank you.

          October 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

  2. Robert G. Longpré

    This is exactly what a good blog site should do. I hope that you keep this thing alive as you change through the years.

    May 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Robert. I hope to keep it alive, as well.

      May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

  3. Scott, thanks for the blog, I just found it and, clearly there is much more here that I look to dig into and enjoy…

    March 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

    • You’re welcome, Jim. I hope you enjoy what you find…and if you don’t enjoy it, I hope it at least provokes a measure of thought that you’d end-up sharing with me here. 🙂

      March 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

  4. Scott, you have a lovely site going on here — a perfect mix of quality content and nice photos. Can’t wait to read more!


    November 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

    • What nice words, thank you, Mel!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

  5. Hi Scott. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today–it naturally led me to yours and I’m glad it did. I’ll be checking back regularly.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    • You’re welcome for the visit, Kerry. Your work is an inspiration for the rest of us who try our hands at photography. You have some incredible photos. I’ll look forward to your visits. Take care….

      December 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

  6. Hi Scott.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award (see this link for details:


    The “terms” of receipt are included in that post. I know that some folks see this sort of thing as a nuisance rather than an honor and, while I don’t feel that way I can understand why others might, so if you’d prefer not to deal with it, as far as I’m concerned, simply disregard the whole thing.



    December 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    • Good morning, Kerry –

      I am very surprised and honored by your nomination. I’ve looked at some of the other blogs that you’ve nominated and am humbled to be considered worthy of being named with them…and you, in this regard. You have touched my heart…thank you.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

      • My pleasure, Scott. But you’ve more than earned the honor, IMO.

        December 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

        • Something like this kind of raises the bar a bit, Kerry…encouragement to do better, somehow. Thank you again…and for your kind words.

          December 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  7. Thank you for dropping by my blog. When I returned the visit I was fascinated by yours. Loved the tiger photo-story. As one who used to be in the teaching profession I thought it would provoked a whole lesson series. I was also interested in your nomination as Versatile Blogger. Not only do you deserve it but it seems a great way to link up with other great bloggers. Congratulations!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • Thank you for your nice words about my blog and recent award, Marion. I’m glad you enjoyed the tiger photo-story. I believe you are correct, too, it could provoke a whole lesson series. My wife shared what it meant to her in the context of our lives and our children and her thoughts were completely separate from the ones I had as I was mulling it over and writing it. And yes, the award has become a wonderful way of connecting with many great bloggers. I have come across so many…it’s beautiful! Thank you again.

      January 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

  8. Hi Scott
    (won’t forget your name as it is the same as my younger brother).
    I love your writing already and I have only read a few posts. Will look forward to reading back through your past posts and looking at some more of your photos.
    It’s fascinating how so many of us bloggers connect & meet others with shared creative hobbies or similar interests in general.
    Vicki (alias Victoria)

    January 6, 2012 at 1:06 am

    • Hello again, Victoria – thank you for your nice words…I do hope you enjoy the rest. And you are correct, it is rather fascinating how we all connect somehow through this wonderful blog medium.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  9. I just ambled across your blog, very interesting and I enjoy what you are writing, I will follow your blog. I Work in the Health Department in Western Australia, in pharmacy. Prior to that I was in Agricultural Science (sustainable agricuulure) and love volunteering and Aid work. Looking forward to reading your fantastic blog!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:07 am

    • Hello Figmentsandimagination…I’m glad you ambled across my blog. Seems like we have had similar occupational pursuits. Thank you for your nice words about my blog. I shall have to spend some time with yours, as well. Thank you for letting me know you were here. 🙂

      January 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

  10. CJ

    Schietree recommended you and I’m so glad she did. Thank you for sharing your insights so well.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • Thank you, CJ; and what an honor to have been recommended! And thank you for your kind words, too. I shall be visiting you, as well. 🙂

      January 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

  11. I’ve been taking a look at the blog and am really enjoying the photos!

    January 22, 2012 at 3:37 am

    • I see that you’ve been visiting here and there, Dreamsandzeros…I’m glad you’re enjoying the photos. 🙂

      January 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  12. Hello, Scott. Just came across your blog and have an interest in combining photography and my depth psychology work. So cool to see you actually doing it! I am enjoying reading your powerful writings. Thank you for giving me a glimpse of the possible. What we need is brought before us and I needed you and your blog. Thank you.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    • Hello Joann – thank you for visiting and letting me know you were here. I’m glad you liked what you found here. Let me know when you have your blog up and running. I hope to see you again. 🙂

      January 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  13. Elisa

    I’ve enjoyed going through your lovely photographs and like the somber tone. It’s unique and real.

    January 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    • Thank you, Elisa…for visiting, and for your nice words. 🙂

      January 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  14. Your blog makes me smile!

    January 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • Well, thank you, Bonnie…how precious of you to say so…thank you so much! 🙂

      January 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  15. Hi, I love your Blog, so I nominated you for the ABC Blogger Award, see it on my blog! 🙂

    February 2, 2012 at 5:18 am

    • Wow!! Thank you, so much, Sharon! I will have to take a closer look at your post and then try to alphabetize myself! How very nice of you. Thank you, again. 🙂

      February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

  16. George Weaver

    Lord, I’m so happy to have found your blog. I’m on a mission to read the blogs of the kind people who have come to me and encouraged me. I am the old woman who keeps a parrot. You visited me just before I left. I share your social worker background. Everything you have done and continue to do really is social work, you know. I felt it when I opened the door and saw the gull. I knew nothing of gulls. Now I do. This is going to be a place where I feel right at home. I know it!

    I promised myself that I would not blog again until my road trip was finished. I lied to me. I am going to post your gull and your story right now. I see Elisa’s face here. She told you about me for sure. I don’t know Elisa yet either, but I’m on my way to her door.

    Thank you, Scott.

    George Weaver

    February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • Wow!! What a beautiful comment, George! And how nice to have so much in common with you! I so appreciate your visiting…and you are welcome, please, to stop-by frequently.

      I hope you have a nice visit with Elisa, too. 🙂

      Thank You, George….

      February 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  17. victoriaaphotography

    Love that beautiful rich crimson colour of your blog page, but cannot focus on the font colour to read today’s post (and can’t read your Blogroll at all). I am not colourblind, but wonder would it be possible to choose a font colour that is lighter or has more contrast to the crimson background.
    I would very much appreciate your consideration on this as I really enjoy reading your articles.

    February 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    • I hope that helps, Victoria. Please let me know. Thank you. 🙂

      February 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      • victoriaaphotography

        Much better, thankyou, Scott (although I really liked the crimson background).
        (still can’t read the Blogroll or Title of your post so I suppose it must be a darker brownish colour).
        But it’s the article words that count and I can read those now. I love both the crimson and the dark green backgrounds. Nice solid earthy colours – very grounding.

        I admit I’m not a great fan of some of the irridescent colours on some people’s blogs, but everyone to their own. Maybe I’m a bit old-fashioned (Funny how colours go in and out of fashion, Christmas 2010 I rec’d all bright pink and grey Christmas cards in the mail).

        I only chose a black background for my PhotoBlog, because it’s neutral & works for any coloured photo. I tried grey and blue backgrounds also. Sometimes I feel like brightening my blog up a bit with all that black on it.

        February 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        • I understand completely, the bright stuff is a bit much when there’s so much of it. 🙂

          February 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

  18. George Weaver

    I know you’ve been at this for a very long time and don’t need awards, but I’m nominating you anyway because your blog IS awesome. The award is the ABC award for awesome blog content. Following the rules is not mandatory. I just wanted you to know how much your blog means to me and to a lot of other folks. You do it right.

    I’ll have the awards post up today…maybe.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    • Oh George…you are precious…! Such sweet words…thank you so much. 🙂

      I know this comes on the heels of you being given the award, too, and you are so deserving with your own wonderful blog. Thank you for thinking of me and for sharing your treasure. I am touched…and honored.

      I will visit your award post and then try to alphabetize myself for a post of my own. Thank you again. 🙂

      February 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  19. Hi, I have been reading your blog as of late and I think highly of it. So much so that I am nominating you for The Kreativ Blogger awards. If you care to participate.

    Here is the link: http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/adventures-in-kreativ-blogging-the-awards/

    March 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • Oh, hello, Strawberry Indigo…and what a surprise!! What an honor…thank you so much. 🙂 I will have to check your post and learn the rules…. Thank you, truly. 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  20. Thank you Scott for the info. I now hae a “follow” widgit on the page.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • You’re welcome, Gerry. I suggested it because I understood that you are new to the blog and might not know about it…and because I selfishly wanted to see more of your work. 🙂

      March 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

  21. Hello Scott, I love reading about your part of the world and seeing your amazing photographs and I’d like to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you don’t want to accept that’s fine, but if you do, the award requests that you nominate your favourite seven blogs and notify them of the nomination, share seven facts about yourself, and lastly display the award logo on your website (a copy of the logo can be lifted from here: http://thenaturephile.com/2012/03/16/id-just-like-to-thank/).

    March 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    • Well Hello to you, too, Finn…I happened to read your post before finding your message to me here…and had to do a double-take. I saw my blog’s name and had to go back and read it more closely. Thank you very much for your kind words and your nomination for the award. I am touched…and honored, my friend, that you would consider me for the Inspiring Blogger Award. And yes, I shall accept it. I do…and I thank you again. 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  22. Hi Scott!

    Just to say I have nominated you for the Blog On Fire award. Please do not feel pressure to accept but you are very deserving of this accolade! Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog too! You can find details here:



    Tan 🙂

    March 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    • Hello again, Tania – you are so welcome for the comments on your blog…your photos are quite beautiful…and you are certainly deserving of your awards. Thank you for your kind words, too…and the little treasure you have given me. I will be happy to wear the badge on my blog. Thank you! 🙂

      March 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  23. Hi
    Recently http://rodposse.com/ was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by EllaDee – Writer http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/ .
    I have posted the award details at http://rodposse.com/2012/03/20/versatile-blogger-award/ .
    The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
    1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
    Your blog is amongst the 20 that amuse & inspire me I nominated as my part in fulfilling rule 3. If you feel so inclined, please accept from me the Versatile Blogger Award, and my congratulations for great blogging, and pass it on to others also deserving.

    Best regards,

    March 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • Thank you, Pause…you are very kind…what a little treasure. I do thank you, sincerely, for honoring me with the Versatile Blogger Award. I am very happy that you enjoy my blog…and very happy that you have now shared it with all of your other blog-friends. Congratulations, too, on your very deserving award…you have a wonderful blog…beautiful photos from your piece of the world. Thank you for sharing it as you do…and thank you again for the award. Scott

      March 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

  24. Hi.. I have nominated you for ”Sunshine Award” and many more awards. Please visit to: http://googsy.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/858/ to check the details. Congrats 🙂

    March 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    • Thank you for your nominations, Manojuchila…you are very kind, and I appreciate your thoughts. 🙂

      March 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  25. Thank you so much for so many good words!..& j will be watching you..best regards lucas

    April 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • You are very welcome for the good words, Lucas…and I will be watching you, too. Thank you for following. 🙂

      April 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

  26. Christina

    i love your urban photographs.. I have awarded this blog the ABC award http://wp.me/pDHrD-DZ. I wish you a nice weekend!

    April 7, 2012 at 3:00 am

    • Hello Christina…I’m very glad that you enjoy my work…it’s always validating when someone shows their appreciation. Thank you for thinking of me after receiving the ABC AWard…I appreciate your kind thoughts and award.

      You have a nice weekend, too! 🙂

      April 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      • Christina

        Thank you!

        April 8, 2012 at 1:16 am

        • You are very welcome, Christina. 🙂

          April 8, 2012 at 7:24 am

  27. Hi Scott,
    Just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the following 6 awards.

    The Versatile Blogger
    Very Inspiring Blogger
    Blog On Fire
    Beautiful Blogger
    Reader Appreciation
    7×7 Link Award

    No pressure at all – and sorry if there is overlap with any you may already have received, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog! Just go to this link Awards Awards Awards… « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS to see your nomination and also to get an idea of how I handled posting so many awards and nominating 10 new bloggers all at once! What a project 🙂 Congratulations ~ Robyn Lee

    April 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • Wow, Robyn!! What a way to start the day today…thank you so much for thinking of me in this way. I am familiar with the awards and understand that they are tributes to fine work…. Thank you again for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

      April 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

  28. Great Blog and Images Scott! Looking foward to your journey of images!!! Great Job!

    April 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    • Thank you, Lazaro…I appreciate your comment…and your visiting. Thank you for letting me know you were here. I have another place to visit now. 🙂

      April 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  29. Very interesting, thank you!

    April 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • You’re very welcome…thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were here…I shall have to visit you soon. 🙂

      April 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  30. Hello Scott! I really apprecaite your blog. As such, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile and Genuine Blogger awards! No pressure about replying. Here’s the link http://cpgutierrez.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/awards-and-more-awards-really/

    April 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    • Thank you so much, Cathy…I’m touched that you enjoy my blog so much…congratulations on your award…and thank you for sharing it with me, as well. I do appreciate your kind thoughts and words. Thank you again. 🙂

      April 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  31. Hi, I’m happy to say that I was awarded the Sunshine Award and I wanted to pass it on to you and your blog 😀 If you choose to accept, check out http://ekphotoartgallery.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/sunshine-award/ for details.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    • Thank you for your kind thoughts, Eva…I do appreciate your consideration. 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  32. Hi Scott,thanks for dropping by ,what a lovely warm blog you have,will be surfing more…its always wonderful to meet beautiful loving souls..
    Have a lovely day 🙂

    June 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    • Hello, Soma – and you are very welcome for the visit. I’m glad you enjoyed surfing here, as well…such kind words. 🙂

      I hope you have a lovely day, also. Thank you.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

  33. Hi, Scott. I laughed when I saw the list of awards. Geez, they flow like a river here on this blog! Just wanted to tell you that I linked to you for the One Lovely Blog award. Of course, I don’t expect you to do anything with it. I don’t usually pass them along either. I want to link to you any time I can because of the fine work you do. George

    June 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

    • Good morning, George…and yes, it’s kind of hard not to laugh about that…I do think it’s a little funny myself…very touching, as well, though. Thank you for your nice thoughts and consideration…it’s always nice to have another link out there, another way to share and meet new people. Thank you again for your sentiment…I’m so glad we’ve become friends…. 🙂

      June 14, 2012 at 6:54 am

  34. Be honest, your blog is also very interesting and u also have here some nice photos 🙂

    July 5, 2012 at 8:10 am

    • Well…Margaret…it is interesting to me…and I do enjoy my photos, yes…but I was commenting on YOURS! 🙂

      July 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

      • Yes yes i know, but i wanted leave a comment here 🙂

        July 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

        • Ok…. I thank you, Margaret. 🙂

          July 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

  35. You Are Loved! Thanks so much my dear friend, Scott for following AllAboutLemon and staying with me until this time, I highly appreciate this and as a token of my gratitude please kindly accept my gift to you here: http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/07/15/you-are-loved-day-2/
    Just simply because You Are Loved! Enjoy!
    Dolly xoxo

    July 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    • Well thank you…I appreciate your kind thoughts. 🙂

      July 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  36. Hi Scott! I just went through several of your posts. You have some beautiful images. Great captures from great adventures!

    August 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

    • Hello Robyn…thank you for your kind words…and for visiting and letting me know you were here. 🙂

      August 14, 2012 at 5:40 am

  37. Hi Scott, I’ve nominated you to take part in the TravelSupermarket. com Capture the Colour competition. I’m sorry it’s such short notice as the closing date is tomorrow but perhaps you can get an entry together from your archives. Best of luck!

    August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • Hello Chillbrook…and thank you for the invitation/nomination…you’re very kind. I’m going to have to pass on it, though…have too many other things that I’m late on at the moment…. Thank you again. 🙂

      August 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  38. Well your blog is exactly my cuppa tea. Some amazing landscape and drama – I am going to enjoy digging through it. Scott (the scottish one)

    September 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

    • Hello again, Scott…sorry for the delay in responding here. Thank you for your kind words…I’m glad you enjoyed visiting. 🙂

      October 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  39. Enjoyed your posts—especially the ruins.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • Thank you, Linda…I’m glad you enjoyed your visit…thank you for letting me know you were here. 🙂

      October 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  40. Hi Scott, your photography is oustanding and very inspiring! I really look forward to following you into the future.
    Best regards

    February 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    • Thank you, Dina…I’m very happy that you’re enjoying your visits here…. 🙂

      February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  41. Hi Scott! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking a post in my Tulip series. I always enjoy your posts! Hope you visit again soon! Blessings, Robyn

    April 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    • Hello Robyn…you’re most welcome…I’m still here, cruising through November of last year…thinking about what an inspiration your images are…truly. And I’m glad you’ve enjoyed visiting my place, as well…thank you. 🙂

      April 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      • That is the utmost in compliments Scott! Thank you ever so much! Robyn

        April 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

        • Well…it’s true, lady…and you’re very welcome. 🙂

          April 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  42. Hi Scott,

    first i have to say: great blog and wonderful photos. We are a cover band from germany and would like to ask you, if it’s possible to use the following picture as background for our new website: https://seekraz.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/texture-and-color-1.jpg
    If you like, we would place a link to your blog. Thank you in advance.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:37 am

    • Hello Marc…thank you for the nice words about the blog and my photos…I do appreciate the feedback. And yes, you may use the photo for your website….and it would be great if you could provide the link back to my blog as credit for the photo. Please send me the link to your site after you get it up…will look forward to seeing it. Thank you, too, for asking to use the photo…I admire the consideration.

      April 25, 2013 at 6:37 am

      • Hello Scott!

        Our Website is up now and the link is:
        So far, it’s just a small one, but it’s still in progress.

        Thank you again for the photo!

        Best wishes from Germany

        May 6, 2013 at 3:25 am

        • Hello Marc…the photo looks very nice there….and you’re very welcome. Good luck with your site. 🙂

          May 6, 2013 at 7:46 am

  43. Sometimes I wish I lived in an area as scenic as yours. In the mid-1990s I flew over Utah on my way to California, and what I saw looking down from the plane made me determined to go back and explore at ground level, which I did a couple of years later. What a fertile place for photography. You must indeed be happy to have moved there.

    June 18, 2013 at 7:08 am

    • Good morning, Steven – I am very happy to have moved here to the mountain area of Salt Lake….and feel very fortunate to be in such a beautiful place…it’s something I cherish. Thank you for visiting again. 🙂

      June 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

  44. Daniel L. Scholten

    Your photos are breathtaking!

    August 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • Thank you, Daniel…I appreciate your dropping-by. 🙂

      August 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  45. Hi Scott,
    Happen to come to your blog when doing blogwalking 🙂 Your blog is great, I like your beautiful pictures.
    I’ll follow you so that I’ll always enjoy the beautiful scenery you capture with your camera.

    August 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Hello Chris – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed visiting so far. It will be nice to have you along. Take care.

      August 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

  46. Hey Scott, I wanted to contact you, do you have an email address you could give me, or do you want to email me at leanne@leannecole.com.au

    August 26, 2013 at 5:10 am

  47. Carla

    Found your site while looking for mining in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The pictures of the ruins of the electrical plant built by the Jacobson (yes o n not e n)
    brothers was a treat. Alfred’s daughter Verda is still living at 91 years of age. She will be delighted to see your photographs. Thank you.

    August 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • Hello, Carla – I’m very happy that you found my site…and thankful that you let me know you were here. I hope Verda enjoys the photographs, as well…and will thank you now for sharing them with her. How nice that you stopped by. 🙂

      August 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  48. angiebuyong

    Hi, Scott. I just wanna say a big THANK YOU for all the beautiful photos and word I found so far (today is my first day visiting your blog btw). I just starting a blog mostly on photos and some words I dabbled or random quotes for each of the postings. I look forward to visiting your blog more 🙂
    Take care and have a great day!

    September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    • Hello, Angie – thank you for the nice words about my photos and words. I hope you enjoy working with your blog…this is a wonderful community. I will look forward to visiting with you. Good luck with your blog…and welcome. 🙂

      September 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

  49. Hi Scott… I absolutely love your blog and wonderful photos, so you’re on my list for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 http://carolynmalone.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    September 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

    • Hello, Carolyn – such nice words from you…and congratulations to you, too…you have some incredible photographs yourself! Thank you for sharing your little treasures…. 🙂

      September 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

  50. Hi Scott
    I would like to chat a few things over with you.
    I love your photographs here on your blog and website – they are an inspiration. I can tell you love your country and the lansdcapes and I would love to pick your brain if I may.
    I am an amateur filmmaker – a hobbyist – and I am visiting southern Arizona, and Tucson in particular, to film another short western called Desert Monologue this coming June 2014.
    I am taking a cowboy actor out to the desert for a 2 day shoot and am wondering where the best locations would be for landscape, isolation, away from the public, but fairly accessible by vehicle.
    Please email me so we can discuss further

    Paul Vernon

    May 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • Thank you for the kind words about the photos and blog, Paul. I shall be emailing you directly.

      May 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

  51. Interested and intrigued by your blog. Very inspiring! Looking forward to your next posts. Please follow back if you will. Thank you!

    August 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

  52. Hi old friend, how are you? I’ve missed seeing you pop up in the reader. I thought you maybe have taken a vacation or off visiting somewhere. Whatever you’re doing, I hope it goes well. Regards, John.

    August 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • Hello, dear John…I am still here, but feeling very far away. I am adjusting to my life here in the desert, the new work schedule, and the renewed presence of “heat” in my life. I’ve only managed to take one hike into the mountains, and even with suggestions of other subject matter, I’m having difficulty finding anything to inspire any photographic explorations, etc. Seems that my “free” time is more limited than it used to be, and when I do find some of any quality, the computer doesn’t interest me enough to overwhelm my desire to be inside of a book. And not to whine, but I am grievously missing my mountains and canyons and have images of them flashing into my mind unbidden at times when I’m focused on other things…. So…yes, I am here and will likely return in fuller force, but am away in spirit right now. Thank you for checking on me….I do appreciate your thoughts.

      August 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

      • I ‘felt’ that you were missing those hikes and that your new location was taking time to adjust to. Reading is an essential interest and escape, and may yet get your creative juices running back to your writing….. a novel even?
        Regardless of this I do hope that you can find a new focus, after all photography and blogging can take a back seat for a while.
        We all have to reassess and take stock from time to time and life has the capacity to take us on a different course. My good wishes for renewed vigour and optimism in what is a wonderful life, despite the occasional pothole. Best wishes, Scott, to you and yours.

        August 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

        • The reading has definitely sparked my desire to write again, John…and it is something that I have done, too, but more in a journal form at the present…some appropriate to share and some not. Thank you for your encouragement, your uplifting and understanding words…and for your best wishes, my friend.

          August 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

  53. christine magpayo

    I find it very fascinating when bloggers decide to change their blog content. I mean, that’s really brave– to not stick with what we’ve started when we know we can be up for better things. Kudos, good Sir, for your works of art (whether words or photographs) and pieces of yourself which you openly share to the world. That’s really very inspiring 🙂

    December 26, 2014 at 3:43 am

    • I appreciate your thoughtful comment, Christine…thank you very much. 🙂

      December 26, 2014 at 6:19 am

  54. I was thinking about you as we drove into Arizona. You could probably do a series on the beauty of some of the bridges. We don’t have any kind of ornate bridges like I’ve seen here. Yesterday, we took a drive to Alamo Lake State Park – stunning!

    February 8, 2015 at 4:29 am

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  56. I’ve fully enjoyed your mountain photography – wow! I’ve moved from a hilly Swedish landscape to The Netherlands, and now live below sea level in an extremely flat landscape. It has its charm, but seeing those huge mountains trigger a deep feeling of wonder and fascination, and also humbleness, because it’s a reminder that we are so small.
    And then I read your About, about you and the shift in your blog. And I sense I have landed in a truly genuine place here. I look forward to explore your blog further!

    May 7, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    • Such wonderful words!! Thank you so much! I will look forward to your visits and will stop-by to hang-out with you for a while, as well. 🙂

      May 8, 2015 at 7:17 am

  57. annajanemark

    Beautiful images here. I enjoyed visiting. Wonderful nature. I’m home today and this blog inspires me to go for a walk in my hometown’s gorge lined with cedars and split by the river, which is high right now. Thanks!

    May 14, 2015 at 5:40 am

    • Thank you for the nice words, Annajane…and I’m glad you enjoyed the visit. I hope you made it out to the gorge to walk among your cedars and river….sounds like a wonderful place.

      May 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  58. Hello! I’m just blogwalking and see your blog in wordpress’ recommendation. What fascinating blog you have! I like those natural images and hopefully I can return again to read more here.

    Best wishes from far away land,

    February 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    • How nice to be recommended….thank you for stopping-by. I shall look forward to visiting more later. 🙂

      February 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  59. Jan C.

    Hi Scott, Did you ever get any solid information or story on the woman astronaut mural?

    May 12, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    • Hello, Jan – no…I never spoke with anybody from the store and didn’t make contact with the artist through email, etc. I left SLC just about two years ago and it looked like the store had closed…..

      May 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

  60. Linda Dunning

    Dear Scott, I tried your address but it says it does not exist. I am an author and would like to use two of your Columbus Consolidated Mining Power Plant photos in my next book in my History & Haunting series #7. You can look me up online to see samples of the various books. Please contact me about charges, etc. Depending on the charge I will use one or two of your photos and give you credit of course. Thank you for responded as I am finishing up and want to know if I can include them in the book.

    April 19, 2021 at 8:35 am

    • Good morning Linda…I’m responding via email…thank you.

      April 19, 2021 at 8:44 am

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