Category Archives: Scenes from the Lilypad

Take me back to my boat on the river

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Take me back to my boat on the river
I need to go down, I need to calm down
Take me back to my boat on the river
And I won’t cry out any more

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Time stands still as I gaze in her waters
She eases me down, touching me gently
With the waters that flow past my boat on the river
So I don’t cry out anymore

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Oh the river is wide
The river it touches my life like the waves on the sand
And all roads lead to Tranquility Base
Where the frown on my face disappears

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Oh the river is deep
The river it touches my life like the waves on the sand
And all roads lead to Tranquility Base
Where the frown on my face disappears.

Take me down to my boat on the river
I need to go down
Won’t you let me go down
Take me back to my boat on the river
And I won’t cry out anymore.

~Boat on the River, Styx  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjTwM2AL1VY)

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*All photos taken on the Green River, Utah.  5/21/17

When I’m Old and Wise

As far as my eyes can see
There are Shadows approaching me
And to those I left behind
I wanted you to Know
You’ve always shared my deepest thoughts
You follow where I go
And oh when I’m old and wise
Bitter words mean little to me
Autumn Winds will blow right through me
And someday in the mist of time
When they asked me if I knew you
I’d smile and say you were a friend of mine
And the sadness would be Lifted from my eyes
Oh when I’m old and wise
As far as my Eyes can see
There are shadows surrounding me
And to those I leave behind
I want you all to know
You’ve always Shared my darkest hours
I’ll miss you when I go.

~Alan Parson’s Project,  Old and Wise

 

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Fantasy Canyon, Utah

Fantasy Canyon is a Bureau of Land Management-managed area located about 27 miles (43 km) south of Vernal, in Uintah County, Utah. Even though the area is only about 10 acres (40,000 m2) in size, it contains some of the most unusual geologic features in the world. The site was officially documented by early explorer and paleontologist Earl Douglass, who recorded the area by other names such as “The Devil’s Playground” and “Hades Pit.” He published photographs of this area in a 1909 publication called “The Columbian Magazine.”

The rocks of Fantasy Canyon, quartzose sandstones, were deposited during the Eocene Epoch. They date from around 38 to 50 million years ago. During the geologic period, the Uinta Basin was occupied by a large lake called Lake Uinta. The lake extended 120 miles (190 km) west to Heber City, 30 miles (48 km) east to Rangely, Colorado, south to the Book Cliff Divide, north to the Uinta Mountains, and was about a half mile deep.

Fantasy Canyon is along the east shore of what was once Lake Uinta, where the sediments eroded from the surrounding high lands. Sediments were deposited and the once loose sands, silts, and clays were forged into sandstone and shale. Because of different rates of weathering, the more durable sandstone remained while the more easily weathered siltstone and shale washed away, yielding this spectacular scenery. Today’s geologic formations of Fantasy Canyon will eventually give way to weather and then topple and erode into sand, but new formations will appear as the topsoil washes away. Because the delicate formations are so fragile the area is referred to as “Nature’s China Shop.”

There are black ribbons of coal-like material along the small washes on the trail or as horizontal stripes in the rocks. This magnetic material is called magnetite (iron oxide).

There are inch-wide, black-colored, subvertical, northwest-southeast trending gilsonite dikes that have intruded the rocks at Fantasy Canyon. Gilsonite, named after U.S. Marshall Samuel H. Gilson, is a type of asphaltite – solidified hydrocarbons. Gilsonite was discovered in the early 1860s. Starting in the mid-1880s, Gilson promoted the material as a waterproof coating for wooden pilings, as an insulation for wire cable, and as a unique varnish.

The Eocene-aged Uinta Formation is fossiliferous. It contains widely scattered bones, mostly mammals, which roamed the Basin during the Eocene. Fossilized turtle shells are visible in the area.IMG_3119IMG_3121IMG_3123IMG_3124IMG_3127IMG_3129IMG_3131IMG_3135IMG_3140IMG_3143IMG_3144IMG_3146IMG_3147IMG_3148IMG_3151

Cottonwood Paper Mill

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The Cottonwood Paper Mill is an old abandoned stone structure located at the mouth of the Big Cottonwood Canyon in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. It is located at the intersection of Wasatch and Fort Union Boulevard. (6900 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd) and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is also known as the Granite Paper Mill.

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The Cottonwood Paper Mill was built in 1883 by the Deseret News. Workers used paper making equipment brought in from the old Sugar House Paper Mill to grind logs from nearby canyons into pulp. Rags that were gathered from old clothes were also used to produce the pulp, which was then placed into molds and dried. When it was still in operation, the Cottonwood Paper Mill could produce up to five tons of paper per day.

The Old Cottonwood Paper Mill was in operation for about 10 years. The completion of the railroad made paper much cheaper to obtain, though, and in 1892, the mill was sold to Granite Paper Mills Company. On April 1, 1893, a fire broke out inside the building. There was a huge stockpile of paper that fed the fire and, many who heard the alarm though it to be an April Fool’s Day joke and so did not respond appropriately. The Old Mill was thus destroyed, leaving only a stone skeleton.
In 1927, the building was partially rebuilt for use as an open-air dance hall, known as The Old Mill Club. It remained until the 1940′s. In the 1970′s and 1980′s, the structure was used as a haunted house as well as a craft boutique. In 1966, it was declared an historic site by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. It was officially condemned by the city of Cottonwood Heights in 2005. In 2006, a newspaper interview indicated that there were no future plans for development for the old structure.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at The Old Mill | Cottonwood Paper Mill in Salt Lake City, Utah:
According to one report, two squatters and their dog were killed in a fire at The Old Mill in Salt Lake City. The ghosts of these entities is said to thus, haunt the premises.
Visitors to the Cottonwood Paper Mill have reported cold spots, strange growling sounds, and strong feelings of uneasiness. Some have reported seeing light coming from inside the building, even though there is no electricity to The Old Mill. Electrical equipment failures and battery draining have allegedly been seen.

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Tower
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Broken windows
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Insignia
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Tower
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Back North side
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Back stairwell satanic graffiti
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Western border wall
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Main structure
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Many No Trespassing Signs
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Icy puddles.
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Daughters of Utah Pioneers Plaque

I spent about a half hour at the site.  There are very visibly posted No Trespassing signs and two layers of fences to get to the structure. Unfortunately I was unable to get past the second fence.  I think it is important to go in and photograph the building before it totally crumbles to the ground so am reaching out for that request.  Until then, these photos of the grand structure will have to suffice.

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The Sparkle of Frost

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.   ~John Burroughs

 

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Frosted trees in the blue fog
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Fog blanketing the Salt Lake City valley
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Sun refractions creating blue fog
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Ducks at La Caille
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Little Cottonwood granite trying to peek through the fog.

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Snowflakes on berries
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Berry laden frosted tree
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Frozen fountain
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Remnants of Christmas in the fog
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Laden willow tree
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Froggie in the frost.