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The testimony of spring flowers

Desert Flower in the Rocks
There are a number of stunning tulip gardens around that present wonderful eye candy for us to appreciate. It is a blessing that we can cultivate and grow such. If we look beyond the gardens of our towns, we also find amazing beauty. With...

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...

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...

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...

Aspen Roots

Having strong roots is important in life, and it is aptly illustrated in this photo taken on a nearby mountain road. Aspen trees grow as a colony - young and old trees - from a common root system like a family. They stand tall...

Utah’s national parks are still beautiful in winter

Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge
Every time I look at the mountains towering above our community, I am awed at the winter beauty. However, if you have time to get out of town, we are blessed with five national parks in Utah that have their own unique beauty in...

Interstate highway plan could have changed Spanish Fork’s history

In the last few years, the business growth near the intersection of US High-way 6 and Interstate 15 has been impressive, or one could even say explosive. However an interesting piece of history is that more than 60 years ago, the original planning for...

Bird watching: The wild turkey can be spectacular

Mount Nebo has is home to many wild turkeys. In the winter, the turkeys congregate in larger groups in the lower valleys and canyons.
By Ed Helmick Mount Nebo has a significant wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) population, and winter is a great time to view them. In the winter, the wild turkeys congregate in larger groups in the lower valleys and canyons, favoring south-facing slopes for warmer temperatures and...

Local heritage of the famous RAM logo

Rams Head, Dodge Truck
The RAM truck logo has become one of the most widely recognized and successful trademarks in the world. We see the rams head image on television, in print advertising, at truck dealerships and on trucks in front of us on the road all the...