Photo Blogging Challenge-Your town/city
This month for the photo blog challenge the theme is "Your town/city" and I didn't include a whole lot of the city portion. I've done quite a bit of traveling, and after a while I started to feel like all of America was just long stretches of highway connecting identical strip malls. I know that is a cynical view, and I do know that many places have their own character, ok, probably all places. The thing is, that in my travels I had a romantic idea that I would arrive in a place, and it would feel like home in a way that my hometown never did, and the longer that didn't happen, the more cynicism set in. The funny thing that happened, is that after all the searching, I arrived back in Utah, and found that I was home, not exactly in the same town, but nearby.
One of the things that made me return to Utah, and call it home is the nature, specifically the mountains. They are spectacular, and they make me feel tucked in to this little valley, all safe and secure, and planted on solid ground.
This is near the Jordan River where there is a lovely path where I go running, I love how it looks at sunrise.
Speaking of sunrise, I love it so much that I've tried to get clients to do sunrise photo shoots, and finally I got someone to agree! This photo probably isn't the best portrait to show his personality, but I love the crazy sun-flare, and sparkles coming off the lake right in the moment that the sun was coming over the mountains. (Note: in the session there were plenty of pictures that did show his personality, and his face)
Churches are ubiquitous in Utah, and this one is very near my house, and adds some local detail to my sunrise obsessed post this month.
After taking the picture of the church I turned away from the sunrise, and even the west side of the sky was amazing, plus I captured these birds in flight.
This is just a tiny snapshot of the beautiful place where I live.
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I'm with you...live it a big city most of the time but my daily mission while out and about is to notice Mother Nature's handiwork and appreciate the beauty therein. I agree with the earlier commenters - that first photo is absolutely wonderful.
I bet you had fun with that sunrise portrait shoot. I also like to play with sun flares and sparkles whenever possible. I was on a photo workshop a couple of weeks ago and the instructor said sun flares and sparkles are technical errors! No matter, they're an artistic choice IMO.
Thanks for showing us around your part of the world.
Thank you all for your kind comments. I do have confession regarding the colors, they were definitely enhanced in post processing, but are representative, of the gloriousness of the day. Also, I do agree that there are wonderful, amazing things to see all over, but sometimes man made structures (such as strip malls) just pale in comparison to nature. :)
Great photos of your town! I think there are plenty of beautiful things to see in the US, not just all strip malls and highways!
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