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A photographer’s dream

By Ed Helmick I have always enjoyed aspen trees and the beauty they add to our mountain state. The Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) are amazing. They stand tall with white trunks reaching for the sky. They are growing as a colony, young and old trees,...

The pelicans are back

My wife and I have noticed that the pelicans have returned to Utah Lake. They migrate south in the winter and can be seen in Utah waters starting in about April. They are large birds, which makes them easy to find and photograph with...

The legacy of RD Swasey

This gravestone in Mona marks the resting place of RD Swasey, whose four sons Charles, Sid, Rod and Joe explored the area of the San Rafael Swell and have many geographical locations there named after them.
For years we have traveled the washes, canyons and mesas of the San Rafael Swell and found the names of four Swasey brothers - Sid, Charlie, Rod and Joe - everywhere. They roamed the swell as cowboys in the late 1800s and explored places...

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...

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...

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...

Winter pine tree inspires

By Ed Helmick During the month of December, our thoughts turn toward Christmas. Many of us venture into the forest in search of an evergreen conifer associated with the celebration of Christmas. A few years back, I was making a morning drive on a local mountain...

The Sid and Charley Rock Towers: Worth a visit

Located in the remote northwest corner of the San Rafael Swell, these two rock towers are named after two cowboys who roamed the area in the late 1880s. Sid and Charley Swasey and their brothers Rod and Joe were all over the San Rafael...

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...