Simpson Springs wild horses descendents of tame mounts

As living history of the old west, Utah is blessed with an abundance of wild horses, or as referred to by the BLM free roaming horses. In fact the BLM has 24 wild horse herd management areas (HMAs) in Utah. About 70 miles to the...

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 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...

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 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...

Mona Pole Canyon a beautiful alternative

The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway is a photographer’s delight, and I hadn’t driven it yet this year. That brought to mind the question of starting from Payson or Nephi. After pondering that question, studying the map and thinking about trips in years past, my wife...

Quarry a treasure trove of dinosaur bones

By Ed Helmick Many times over the years I have driven past signs on US Highway 6 southeast of Wellington and Utah Highway 10 south of Price that point to the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, but I never gave a thought as to what might be...

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...