Winter Solstice at Great Salt Lake Through the Eyes of Charles Uibel

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Happy Winter Solstice! It is Seasons of Salt’s first year celebrating the other side of the alignment in Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, and I can think of no better way to honor this christening than with the work of longtime friend and Salt Seeker, Charles Uibel. Charles’ photos have always taken my breath away.  Perhaps … Read moreWinter Solstice at Great Salt Lake Through the Eyes of Charles Uibel

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Winds of Change: On Poetry and Sailing Great Salt Lake

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Winds Of Change By Dave Christensen On a windy day as light burnt away they shot arrows, refilling their bows again and again, But I am still standing. Sticks blew from turbulence in a cyclone of expletives. Stones whipped by whirlwinds tried smashing my pride, yet my bones remained unbroken. My neck stiffened – bruised, … Read moreWinds of Change: On Poetry and Sailing Great Salt Lake

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The Wild West Returns to Antelope Island

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Editor’s Note: A warm welcome back to one of our favorite perennial contributors, Wendy Wilson (Summer of Salt 2012 & 2013).  As life on the Island unfolds over the seasons, we’ll be watching for posts from Wendy about the wildlife, water, science, nature, and activities of Great Salt Lake – through the eyes of a … Read moreThe Wild West Returns to Antelope Island

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Environmental Psychology: Where Are You on the Environmental Response Inventory?

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One of the premises of Seasons of Salt is that our environment, our place, has an intrinsic effect on who we are, even on subconscious levels.  It turns out, there’s a whole field devoted to the study of how our environments affect our psyche: environmental psychologists, conservation psychologists, or ecopsychologists are “focused on the interplay between individuals … Read moreEnvironmental Psychology: Where Are You on the Environmental Response Inventory?

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Pickleweed and Gin: Adventures in Mixology

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I was recently bit by the mixology bug. My friend Chelsea (aka, Nosh Maven of heartbeatnosh.com) is mostly to blame for this.  Perhaps entirely to blame.  She recently started the Cocktail Club by Heartbeat Nosh, which I have been lucky enough to be part of, and invited me to host the September session featuring locally … Read morePickleweed and Gin: Adventures in Mixology

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Sanctuary: The First Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize

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Editor’s Note: I am pleased and honored to feature Hikmet Loe, an “artist, writer, and teacher whose work draws inspiration from the smaller patterns found in the larger environment and from the changeable nature of land, water, and sky.”  She was instrumental in FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s work to launch the first Great Salt … Read moreSanctuary: The First Annual Alfred Lambourne Prize

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Pyramid Lake Reprise

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Two years ago, on my way to celebrate my 30th birthday next to the sea, I paused to visit a sister saline Lake in Northwestern Nevada.  Pyramid Lake, with its tufas, birds, and bright blue waters, was the perfect place to contemplate the connections across time and space and place and myself within it all.  … Read morePyramid Lake Reprise

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Migration

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Perfect for fall, this poem by Chelsea Nelson at Heartbeat Nosh evokes the unimaginable magnitude of what the birds are doing this time of year: flying thousands of miles nonstop just following the sunlight.

migration

Migration

By Chelsea Nelson

While in flight, we can sleep,
turn off half our winged brains
with the shutting of one eye –
and still glide over oceans
during warm thermal currents,
enlarging our hearts in weight.
A nine second break to replenish,
rest, and wane.

To reverse a sleep pattern,
to waken when sleep wants to
overtake, must take the strength
that only one hundred mid-flight
slumbers can provide.
This journey means life and
after all, we can sleep like
the dead when the thousands of
miles are behind our tail feathers.

Often, we are nothing more than
common birds, hovering over
sun-warmed tides that carry
us when our wings begin to
thicken with fatigue. But when
we cross the Atlantic in just one
sunrise to the next, we are nothing
less than songbirds creating
time and space between each
unilateral eye closure.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Can-Birds-Sleep-While-in-Flight-74549.shtml

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Camping at Antelope Island: Always Worth it

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Introducing Lauren Udwari, a friend, writer, and photographer that promises to become a regular contributor to Seasons of Salt. She moved to the City of Salt in 2011, and voraciously explores Utah with her husband Josh and her dog Margot in her quest to live up to the words in her tattoo: “all good things … Read moreCamping at Antelope Island: Always Worth it

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