Exploring the Earth and Sky of the West

The Journey Begins: a weekend in Salt Lake City

So if you’re one of the dozen or so people that are actually reading this photoblog regularly (an estimate from the site stats…either that or there’s someone out there with nothing better to do that reads this page WAY too often…) you’ve probably realized that shooting landscapes is my favorite genre of photography.  A close second would likely be urban scenes, especially at night.  I recently spent 4 days in Salt Lake City taking a Wilderness First Responder re-certification course and while the class ran from 8-5 every day, I still had plenty of time for photography on the side. Here are some of the highlights:

Historic Union Pacific rail depot in downtown Salt Lake City, about one block from my extremely un-photogenic hotel


Scale model of the solar system at the Clark Planetarium.  Stumbled across this place completely by accident while wandering around downtown. Very well done exhibits and the best part is that admission was free!  Briefly considered seeing a show in the 3D IMAX theatre but decided against it on the basis that it would most definitely not have been free.

Fountain in Temple Square, the headquarters of the LDS Church. The Salt Lake Temple, comissioned by Brigham Young in 1847, is illuminated in the background

Utah State Capitol. Foreground lighting courtesy of a fortuitously aligned street and a passing car. There was another really great vantage point here that I really wanted to get a shot from but this would have involved standing in the middle of what was a shockingly busy street at 11pm on a weeknight so I decided to pass on that one...

I get that birds like tall buildings and all, but this is still not the type of sign you expect to see in a city. Yellowstone maybe, but not in downtown Salt Lake

Olympic Cauldron from the 2002 Winter Olympics outside of Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah

Rice-Eccles was used as the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  I was fortunate enough to have gotten the chance to spend a week at the Salt Lake Olympics and attend a variety of different events so it was really cool for me to be able to come back here once again to see the Olympic Cauldron still in place outside the stadium, albeit long extinguished.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of the Green Pig sports bar in downtown Salt Lake where I watched the Packers defeat the Team-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named in the Super Bowl.  But thanks again to the 3 Packer fans that I met on the train a half hour before the game!

More Salt Lake photos to come if I can get my panorama editor to stop acting up…


One response

  1. Denell

    sweet pics really nice

    February 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

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