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Salt Lake City, near the shores of the Great Salt Lake is an urban environment of steel, stone, concrete, and glass. Its geometric lines and man-made structures are in sharp contrast to the organic profile of the Wasatch Front. Dwarfed by the mountains, the skyline still shines bright and beautiful among the breath-taking views of the valley. Th...
Salt Lake City, near the shores of the Great Salt Lake is an urban environment of steel, stone, concrete, and glass. Its geometric lines and man-made structures are in sharp contrast to the organic profile of the Wasatch Front. The Urban Cape echoes the concrete and steel materials of the city in tension with the soft and draping fabric. But wit...
Knitting: Accessories - Other
Park City, East of Salt Lake City is a mining town with a rich history of booms and busts. One of the most interesting stories is Utah’s Silver Queen, Susanna Egera Bransford Emery Holmes Delitch Engalitcheff. She was a woman lucky enough to strike it rich after investing in the Silver King mine in Park City in the late 1800s. Over the years she...
Red Butte Creek, a beautiful stream that feeds the Great Salt Lake through the Jordan River, is surrounded by birch, cottonwood and chokecherry. It is a perennial stream that has created a narrow-based canyon with abruptly rising sides. The creek comes out of Red Butte Canyon, the smallest canyon of the seven canyons in eastern Salt Lake County....
The Bingham (now Kennecott) Copper Mine in Salt Lake County, Utah is one of the largest open pit copper mines in the world. In the 1800s the small mine was worked by many residents of Lark, Utah, a small mining town in the Oquirrh Mountains. As the mine grew, it displaced both mountain and town. Since 1978 the town of Lark no longer exists havin...
When the Mormon pioneers first came into the Salt Lake Valley in July of 1847 they immediately began homesteading. They made crude houses and foraged for food. Because the planting season had already passed, they would have to wait until the next year to plant wheat and other grains. So in 1848 when their first harvest was ripening, it was a joy...
One of the most iconic mountains on the Wasatch Front, the westernmost edge of the Rocky Mountains, is Mount Timpanogos. It is a mountain that is so recognizable because of an American Indian legend that everyone knows, but is totally made up. The legend says that an Indian maiden, Utahna, committed suicide by throwing herself off the mountain i...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Sugarhouse neighborhood in Salt Lake City is named after the sugar factory that was started in 1853 to process sugar beets. Although the endeavor was a failure, today everyone needs something to keep their wrists warm when digging for beets.
Oolitic sand is an unusual sediment found around the Great Salt Lake. The sand, instead of forming grains of minerals, is formed within the Lake and composed of tiny rounded oolites. An oolite has a shell of concentric layers of calcium carbonate around a central core. Oolites form in shallow, wave-agitated water, rolling along the lake bottom a...
The Stansbury Mountains lie south of the Great Salt Lake but are mostly overlooked by Salt Lakers because they can’t really be seen over the Oquirrhs. The mountain range is named for Howard Stansbury who was a major in the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and led a two-year expedition in 1849 to survey the Great Salt Lake. With high peaks (...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The beautiful Oquirrh Mountains are the western border of Salt Lake County. The name, pronounced like “Ochre,” has nothing to do with the mineral or the color; it comes from a Goshute word meaning “Wooded Mountain.” Although, with canyon names like Yellow Fork Canyon and Butterfield Canyon, the idea of yellow has always been associated with the ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
In 1954, Dr. Eugene Cottam and graduate student Rudy Drobnick discovered a hybrid oak in the Oquirrh Mountains south of the Great Salt Lake. After years of research, the two scientists hybridized many species of oaks and planted them in Cottam’s Grove in Red Butte Garden near the University of Utah. These oaks are known for their large acorns.
Knitting: Food Cozy
When the Huber family settled near Wasatch Mountain in Northern Utah in the late 1800s, they planted 350 apple trees, 80 of which are still alive and producing. You can help harvest apples from these historical trees every fall and get rare apples like Wealthy, Yellow Transparent, or Red Astrakan.
Utah’s West Desert is full of insects, hardy plants, and great stretches of desolate wilderness. But the muted colors and stark landscape are beautifully serene. Dusty colors from natural dyes echo the colors from the West Desert and contrast with the tans and browns of the desert background.
The shores of the Great Salt Lake in spring are inundated by brine flies, like big black clouds floating just off the ground. They are an important part of the Lake’s ecosystem, but darned annoying. A headband is called for on these spring outings to keep the flies at bay.
The Great Salt Lake can be up to 27% salt, while the world’s oceans average 3.5%. Called halite, the structure is an isometric crystal and therefore geometric, orderly, and stable.Yet the crystalline structure can only be seen through a microscope…or the Halite Choker.
The Great Salt Lake can be up to 27% salt, while the world’s oceans average 3.5%. Large salt beds are created when vast areas of the shallow lake evaporate leaving the mineral behind. A carpet of crystals blanket the desert leaving the landscape caustic and white.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
In the West Desert by the Great Salt Lake stands a minimalist sculpture that is the only vertical element in a strictly horizontal landscape. Karl Momen’s sculpture The Tree of Utah (Metaphor) stands as an other-worldly waypoint for travelers to Nevada. Its funky balls atop a concrete trunk seem to be shedding their skin with giant seed po...
With its criss-crossing arms and pylons, the dynamic lines of the Lucin Cutoff Railroad Trestle in the Great Salt Lake evoke a man-made forest of topless trees. The trestle was in use from 1903 until 1959 and now the salt-soaked brown timbers are being reclaimed and recycled.