Happy 125th Birthday, Utah!!! | Utah Photographer
To celebrate Utah's 125 years of statehood every city in the state had simultaneous fireworks at 7:00 pm all over the state, Covid style. Everyone was encouraged to watch from their car or from a safe distance from one another. I loved being able to watch from our state capital.
I love my State and I am proud to call myself a native Utahn!
Both of my parent's families came from pioneer roots. I can trace my families to handcart companies that risked everything to help settle this then, barren land. I am thankful for the sacrifices they made so I can live in this wonderful state.
Utah did not have an easy road to Statehood. Because of polygamy, statehood was denied many times. Polygamy is misunderstood by many today and I myself do not claim to understand the ins and outs of it. All I know is it a part of my past that I find fascinating. I am not here to pass judgment, just to learn from it. My great-grandfather had three wives, all sisters. He had 21 grandchildren, my grandmother being the youngest.
Anyway, back to our great state. I love my friendly neighbors, our charitable attitude, huge deserts, dark skies, powdery snow, red rocks, small towns, snow-capped mountains, talented artists, great diversity, abundant wildlife, incredible National Parks, wide-open salt flats, unique history, quirkiness, and indomitable spirit!
I am so lucky to live here! I go location scouting as much as I possibly can, always looking for new and fresh settings. Even if I don't find a place to eventually take client photos, I find places to find myself, to be alone and think. What a great blessing that is!