Monday, June 22, 2009

Beauties of Utah

Tell us about the history of your hometown. Mine was settled in 1860s by Mormon pioneers sent south from Salt Lake City, which they settled in 1847, on a Cotton Mission to be self sufficient in all ways. At that time this whole area was out of the United States, but it would be called the Deseret territory and extended into parts of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and even California. After years of struggling with the heat, Indians and unruly elements-flashfloods and drought conditions, the early settlers develop a community complete with a tabernacle and a temple. See more on our history here.


As I was driving around our town the other day, I noticed the beauty that is here in this place. The red rock cliffs stark against the blue blue skies, different shades of crimson, orange and browns in jagged silohuettes. (Photo isn't mine but from flicker.) I do love the west and even sage brush and cedar trees. Guess because I was born near this area. It's home to me.

11 comments:

kavita said...

Magnificent.....wow,the pic is so lovely....you have been telling me in some of your comments about the deserts.....and i always wondered..simply beautiful.

Peggy said...

Lin;

You have a beautiful place to live. I often complain that I live on farmland with no trees anywhere. But there is beauty in every area and I will look up the history of my town soon!
Thanks for the great post, very inspiring.

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Such great scenery you have around you. The colors are beautiful in the photo. I have always wanted to visit your part of the country. I loved Twentynine Palms and Palm Springs CA and Joshua Tree was breathtaking. Maybe some day soon...we have such beauty in our whole country don't we?

The Duck said...

We live in a very old village off the North Yorkshire Moors...so very different from your place! Loved the skies, so blue.

mom/caryn said...

The stark beauty of the cities of Southern Utah have always held a special place for me...and for my family. My father was born and raised in Hinkley and Fillmore and spent most of his youth running through the red hills of the St. George area.

His children all ended up being beach and mountain dwellers... but, it is good to return to Goblin Valley, Canyon Lands, Arches or Calf Creek and spend a few days hiking and soaking up the history that seems to speak from every rock. It's a haunting, almost reverent area.

SandyCarlson said...

Must have been really something to leave the country to make a home. Hard to comprehend.

I live in a town where my ancestors were once tobacco farmers and barely got by. We have my 5X great-grandfather's diaries, and he talks about the cooperation and sharing that made getting by possible. Makes me wistful, even though life was hard.

Linda Reeder said...

The contrast between your home town and mine is striking. Seattle was settled because of the timber and the water.
And yet both regions have their own kind of beauty.

Deborah Godin said...

Wonderful photo of the desert colors and formations - now that's what I'd call a natural tabernacle!

Brenda Leyland said...

We live in a beautiful world -- so many different landscapes to enjoy and see. Thanks for sharing glimpses of your part of the world.

Carla said...

Utah is a beautiful state! Love the photo. Of course, I think beauty can be found everywhere.

Kay said...

You do come from a very beautiful state. Someday, I'd like to spend more time there to really see all the gorgeous sites there are in your neck of the woods.