Spring weather brings us out into the open

Spring Lake Turtle
Look around at what a nice warm spring day brings out. We see people working in their yards, driving around in convertibles and going fishing to enjoy being outside after a long winter. While enjoying a picnic lunch in the sunshine at Spring Lake...

Utah’s winter provides sanctuary for bald eagles

During the years I have traveled the back roads of Utah, I have noticed that my opportunity to photograph bald eagles has been greater in the wintertime than in the summertime. I just discovered there is a reason for that. Hundreds of bald eagles migrate...

The amazing winter season

Winter Bend Reflection
We are blessed living at this latitude and altitude with four seasons to entertain us during the year. Winter is a cool season (pun intended) because it has some unique features for us to think about and appreciate. The visual impact of winter is...

Do you remember Buddy Holly?

Feb. 3 was the 57-year anniversary of the death of rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly. Do you remember Buddy Holly? I do, and my parents didn’t like the rock 'n' roll music of the era. I heard him and his band, the Crickets,...

Payson temple windows are true works of art

Payson Temple Window
In November when I photographed the moon behind the Moroni statue on the Payson Temple, I was reminded of the beautiful stained glass artwork that adorns the building. The 600mm lens that I was using brought in the temple tower windows like I had...

The Meaning of Christmas

The Meaning of Christmas
We have several spectacular Christmas light displays in our area, and residential Christmas lighting is common as we drive the streets of our cities and towns. However, Christmas Eve while driving through the farmland west of Spanish Fork my wife, Janice, and I saw...

Christmas trees once known as humble conifers

The evergreen conifer such as the spruce, pine or fir tree has been associated with the celebration of Christmas. These trees, as the name implies, keep their green, needle-like leaves throughout the year. This is in contrast to deciduous trees like aspen trees that...

Photographing Moroni and the moon

On the evening of Nov. 14, we had what is popularly called a “Supermoon” or what astronomers call a perigee full moon. This is a situation where the moon's elliptical orbit puts it in its closest position to the earth. The result is the moon...

The miracle of leafless aspens

In the summer I wrote about the amazing aspen forests and their family root system. In the fall we see the colors of the aspen groves as eye candy that we rush out to photograph each year. Now, as we move into the winter...

Fall’s change of colors an amazing process

By Ed Helmick Looking up the mountain, we see splashes of red from the canyon maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves, which are the first fall colors of the season. The aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) with their brilliant yellow leaves will be next. It is commonly understood...
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