A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
The St. George UT LDS Temple is easily the most photogenic and prominent landmark in St. George. The temple appears from afar to be higher than its surrounding area, and many people are surprised when they come to the site to find that the temple grounds are no higher than the rest of the area. Double click to see the intricate details.
The reason that I have so many photos of the St. George UT LDS Temple and its grounds is that my wife has been receiving cancer treatments at a clinic a block and a half away from the temple and the temple grounds. Since her treatments last about an hour and a half, I started walking over to the temple grounds six months ago during these treatments. Most of my earlier photos were taken in winter, with the stark leafless branches framing the temple and its spire. Now, in summer, finding the temple and spire under the leaves is a bit more difficult and fewer openings exist with which to frame photos. I have taken well over 1,000 photos of the temple and its grounds and put together a gorgeous photo book of some of my best winter photos.
Even though I have already taken countless photos, I usually find a new angle or a new perspective each time I shoot another round of photos. The stark white pristine beauty of this pioneer structure, built between 1871 and 1878, never fails to offer new thoughts and impressions, as well as amazement at the incredible effort required by those early pioneers to erect this landmark structure.
These polished granite steps on the east front of the St. George LDS Temple are no longer used, as patrons enter the temple through the temple addition on the north side of the temple. Brides and grooms often climb the steps for a wedding picture. Without a handrail, people like me would never make it up or down. The beehive stairposts are unique. The beehive is a ubiquitous symbol throughout Utah and the LDS Church as a symbol of industry and thrift.