Chapter 1: Utah’s Dead Sea Brims with Life, Myth and Mystery

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From Tom Wharton’s Year with Great Salt Lake, a series originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune, 1992. Read more about the series here. Nelson Ellinwood of Salt Lake City recalls the first time he took a friend duck hunting on the Great Salt Lake. “We were rowing down the channel at twilight, right before the … Read moreChapter 1: Utah’s Dead Sea Brims with Life, Myth and Mystery

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A Year with Great Salt Lake: Tom Wharton’s Explorations Republished

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Happy New Year! Though we’re a few weeks in, 2015 still lies before us like a blank slate, waiting to be filled with adventures and experiences.  There are many things I am excited about, both personally (October wedding, here we come!) and here at Seasons of Salt.  In particular, I am thrilled to announce a very … Read moreA Year with Great Salt Lake: Tom Wharton’s Explorations Republished

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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.

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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.

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