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The theme for week 40 of 52 was “Round” and it sure had my mind spinning thinking about what I could shoot, fortunately as has happened so many times this year during this challenge life itself provided the means and ways to getting my shot. This time it was in the form of a field trip with my daughters school class to Salt Lake City’s This is the Place Heritage Park a place that has significant cultural and historical meaning to our city, state, and religion, as this is the place (see what I did there?!) where according to legend Brigham Young the then leader of the Mormon church entered the Salt Lake Valley for the first time, and after gazing upon the scene sprawled out before him from this elevated vantage at the mouth of Emigration Canyon a few miles east of the Great Salt Lake proclaimed it as being the place that they had traveled all those many arduous miles to reach in order to live in a land free of opposition, and persecution, to believe, and worship as they wanted.
Now I would love to tell you all about each of these images but I have too many to share and I don’t want to bore you all to death so I’ll just show the shots and I might throw in a link here and there but you can learn more by visiting that virtual tour link.
You can read some interesting accounts of what the first pioneers encountered as they entered the valley, the vegetation you see above is very similar to what they encountered. An interesting side note is that my great-great-great-great-grandfather was in the advance scout party under the direction of Orson Pratt.
Our tour was a living tour which meant people dressed in period style clothes would teach us about life in pioneer times as we visited various homes, cabins and areas throughout the park. Our first stop was the Manti Fort Gristmill.
Next up was a visit to the Native American exhibit showcasing the five tribes that inhabited the area in 1847 when the Pioneers arrived.
We went inside this large mud and log home to learn how to make corn meal by hand (the class did a great job filling two large sandwich bags in 15 minutes)
Our next stop was the Cedar City Tithing Office where we learned all about tanning leather and preparing hides for clothing.
And finally a wider view of the Monument itself, showing off just how big it really is (notice the man in the red shirt to the left for scale.)
Sorry that it was so long, but I had a great time on the field trip, shepherding a bunch of rowdy school kids, and finding these great subjects to shoot.