Lake Blanche at Night

Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to Brighton and Solitude ski resorts.  At the lower end of this canyon, Lake Blanche is a popular hiking destination:



This seemingly remote location is actually quite close to Salt Lake City, and the city lights provided significant illumination for this night scene.

Have a Good Thanksgiving!


Autumn and Blue Sky

Autumn in Utah this year has been somewhat of a no-show, so I’ve dug into our archives for a personal favorite.  The opening view in this panorama is what you might see laying on your back looking straight up:


On a separate note, I’ve noticed that Gmail is often filtering out our emails.  Of course, if you use Gmail you may not even see this message, but for the record, here is how to whitelist our emails in Gmail:

  1. In your Gmail account, go the to cog (settings) icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Filters and Blocked Addresses”
  4. Select “Create New Filter”
  5. In “From” enter “” and then click “Create filter with this search”
  6. Select “Never mark it spam” and “Always mark as important”
  7. Click the “Create Filter” button and you’re done

Now I just have to figure out how to get this to people that aren’t getting it!  If you have friends that use Gmail, perhaps you can let them know.

Have a Great Day!


Desert Stars

Traveling west from the town of Delta, Utah one will find……. well, not much, which makes it perfect for a clear view of the night sky:

This view is from the (almost) dry lake bed of Sevier Lake, one of those spots that can be rather eerie at night.



Starry Lake

Every once in a while everything comes together to create the perfect moment:



High in the Uinta Mountains, the still waters of alpine lakes make the perfect window to the sky. This lake is Teapot Lake, but it could just as well have been any one of numerous lakes in the Uintas. I hope you’ll take a moment to view up to the sky of course, but down to the water below as well.

Thank you so much to all of you who subscribe and share these panoramas.

Have a Great Day!

Martin van Hemert