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...

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...

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...

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...

Cactus flowers are blooming

With the wet spring, we have had the desert has come alive with blooming cactus. What a delight to see the splashes of colorful flowers in the earth tones of the desert floor. It is amazing to see a beautiful flower emerge from the...

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 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...

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...