Canyonlands Vistas

Canyonlands National Park offers wide expanses  to explore.  The central mesa, referred to as the Island in the Sky,  lives up to its name with breathtaking views of the levels below.  This panorama is at Grand View Point, and shows a portion of the White Rim 1200 ft. (365 m) below.

Grand View Point in Canyonlands.

The areas below this mesa offer a myriad of canyons, nooks and crannies to explore, such as this alcove just below the mesa top.

Martin van Hemert

Ancestral Puebloan Granaries

Coyotes were yelping in the distance (really,  I didn’t make that up) as I pulled out my lights and waited for the stars to  emerge in the dusk sky for this panorama.

Granaries along the Aztec Butte Trail.

Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and Fremont people inhabited the Canyonlands area until the 1300s.  Possibly as a result of some 30 years of drought, they moved south. Their dwellings and granaries are scattered throughout this national park.  These two well preserved granaries are found along the Aztec Butte Trail.

The Southern Utah area contains many sites such as this which can be visited up close.  Remember to not touch any structures such as these, so future visitors may enjoy them as well.


Jitter Bug Antiques

In downtown Salt Lake City is a shop I have been meaning to shoot for quite a while.  Jitter Bug is not your typical antique store.  It features a mix of vintage toys and quirky off-beat items.  This is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a gift no one would be expecting.  I enjoy it because the place itself is a visual feast, with colorful things packed everywhere.

Even though the shop is small, one panorama didn’t do it justice, so I shot one more near the old soda bottles still full with their original contents.  Dee, the owner, was gracious enough to let me visit a second time.

If you are in the area, stop in for a visit.  They’re at 243 East 300 South in Salt Lake City.


Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Formerly the Hotel Utah, this building, completed in 1911, was renovated and reopened in 1993 as a multipurpose facility.  It houses a genealogical research center, restaurants, and meeting and reception rooms.

The tall columns feature a scagliola finish, which typically incorporates marble dust and plaster, and is honed to give the appearance of marble.

The art glass ceiling was periodically covered or blacked out during WWII.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building  is located just east of  Temple Square in Salt Lake City.