Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring (and rain) Comes to Utah

This past weekend Lloyd and I and daughter Jenny drove to Layton Utah for a writer's convention Jenn was participating in. It was an adventure...12 hours on the road there on Friday, the convention on Saturday, and another 12 hour drive home on Sunday.

While there, we went into Salt Lake City and toured Temple Square in the pouring rain.  We hadn't been there since 1985 so it had changed quite a bit since then.  In spite of the rain, we managed to get some pretty good pictures.

Temple Square was teeming with beautiful flowers that appeared to love the rain.

Cherry blossoms maybe?

Jenny and Lloyd and the Handcart Pioneers monument

The Seagull Monument commemorating  the
seagulls who saved the pioneers from starvation
by coming and eating all the crickets that were
destroying their crops in the early years of settlement.

The Assembly Hall on Temple Square

The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Jenny by the monument commemorating the
restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood

Cherry (?) tree in bloom on Temple Square

Another view of the Temple

Spring flowers


Beautiful lacy tulips

So many varieties and colors 

More tulips

We were fortunate enough to be on Temple Square when an organ
recital was scheduled.  The Tabernacle is an amazing structure with
truly astounding acoustics.

The world famous Tabernacle pipe organ.  The recital was beautiful.
The organist really rocked the building with the lovely sound
he could generate from the pipes.

As on any Saturday, Temple Square was the scene of many
weddings.  We saw at least five bridal parties in the hour or so we were
there, having their pictures taken, smiling in spite of the rain.

More to come....


Mickey said...

Success with camera! simply love all your photos and especially the flowers! We haven't seen blooms so beautiful in a long time!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures Pat! I've never been to SLC in the spring. Did you know if you get married in the SLC temple you get picture time slots at various locations? Avoiding any bride fights I guess LOL Glad you had a safe trip!


RoeH said...

I love SLC. When I go there I am just home. I've wanted to move up there many times, but alas. I think I am tied here for financial reasons. But how I love Salt Lake.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What beautiful pictures. The colors all around us this time of year are just beautiful and such a welcome sight.

Delena said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip you had. Love the pictures of all the flowers.

Delena said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip you had. Love the pictures of all the flowers.


I haven't been to Salt Lake City since the 1960's. The area looks lovely in the pictures you displayed. Glad you didn't let the rain ruin your day there.

Granny Annie said...

You did a splendid job of picture taking in pouring rain. I would not have thought to even attempt it and have the photos turn out so great.