The short-lived weeks of autumn glory are some of my favorite of the year. Spending some time in Canada this fall took me away from my home state of Utah which was putting on a pretty great show of color this year. With so much territory I wanted to cover and so little time to do it, I focused my efforts on some of the Wasatch’s best places for foliage. I was not disappointed.
The summer flew by and is essentially at an end. So I’ve had the last week or so to gather some photos I’ve taken over the last few months I’ve spent hiking and camping in my backyard, the mountains of Utah. In this post, I’ll highlight the wildflowers and wildlife I’ve encountered.
Depending where you are in the state, or I guess what elevation you are at, spring starts in varying stages. For example, it won’t be until late May when spring shows its face in the upper Cottonwood Canyons. Snow shoeing or skiing can still be enjoyed well past the time the ski resorts close down for the winter season. l But just down the road at the base of the canyon, flowers are blooming and people are hiking around in shorts.
By now we are half way through our winter season in Salt Lake and it has been passing rather quickly it seems. While many, or dare I say most people can’t wait to get the cold season over with, I find choosing to get the most out of it the best approach. Luckily Utah is a pretty great place to be able to have fun in winter.
Well, a new year has begun and I am already looking forward to things I have planned and the fun things that tend to show up on their own here and there. This last holiday season was rather busy for me but not busy enough to get out and see some neat things. I made it up to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon and found a good spot to watch their torch light parade and fireworks show. The scenic backdrop was the perfect venue to watch the festivities. The snow became sort of a canvas, reflecting the colorful bursts of light of the fireworks.
The year has come to an end and winter has set in at home in Utah. I’ve healed up from the injury I incurred about two months ago and I am happy to be back outdoors and able to enjoy taking photos where I enjoy most, the mountains. The season is off to a good start with a few good storms bringing lots of snow. We are hopeful for a winter with plenty of snow as the last two or three have been really lacking in that department. I’m looking forward to skiing and snow-shoeing in the beautiful Wasatch mountains.