Monday, March 31, 2014

Utah State Capitol

On the hill above Salt Lake City resides the Utah State Capitol Building. It is surrounded by history, city, and the beauties of the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountain Range. Being elevated above the valley floor one can see for miles. From the state capitol building you can also see Salt Lake City's namesake, the Great Salt Lake. another notable structure is the Salt Lake Temple of the LDS church.

4 photo panorama - Utah State Capitol Building

Beehive - Brass on Door.You will see the symbol of the beehive throughout the Utah State Capitol Building and throughout the state. It is a symbol of Industry like the industrious honeybee. the symbol is also less well known for perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance. However, industry is the state motto.

18 photo panorama - Utah State Capitol Building

7 photo panorama - Rotunda - Utah State Capitol Building

16 photo panorama - Rotunda ceiling - Utah State Capitol Building

Stone work in archway around the rotunda - Utah State Capitol Building

2 photo panorama - Rotunda looking West to the House Chambers - Utah State Capitol Building

Stone stair railing pillars - Utah State Capitol Building

Rotunda looking West towards the House Chambers - Utah State Capitol Building

Stone ceiling and arch work - Utah State Capitol Building

Stone pillar, ceiling, and arch work - Utah State Capitol Building

East entrance of Utah State Capitol Building

Utah State Capitol Building

Friday, March 7, 2014

Draper Utah Temple

Tucked away up near a canyon in Draper, Utah, is a beautiful temple. It is the Draper Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS the members of the church are also known as Mormons). During the day the temple is a dominant edifice on the hillside. From the freeway in the morning you might be able to catch the sunrise complementing the building and the area round about. At night the radiant glow of the building shines like a beacon through the valley. 

There temples of the LDS throughout the world. Utah is unique because it has temple fairly close to each other. From the Draper temple you can see the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and the Jordan River Temple. Both of them are also lit up at night and are beautiful day or night. The Salt Lake Temple is also in the valley but hidden in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The temples are beautiful inside and out. When a temple is built or renovated the public is invited to tour the temple as see throughout it. 

Following are some photos I took in the fall of 2013.