Sunday, May 19, 2013

Time for a Mini-Getaway

Tuesday, May 14 through Thursday, May 16 

It was time to get away. We just felt it in our bones. Randy and I had three days with virtually nothing “set in stone,” (I can’t remember the last time this has been the case) so we packed a bag and took off. 

We drove to Jackson Hole, WY through Evanston and the little town of Randolph, UT, notable for the fact that it’s population of 496 had the highest percentage of people of any city in the country vote for George W. Bush in the 2004 election. (Thought you might enjoy that tidbit of information.)

Randolph in Randolph!

It also boasts a home of Wilford Woodruff 

Utah's smallest store

And a striking tabernacle built in 1902.

It happened to be the “off season” in Jackson and many of the shops and galleries were closed, but we didn’t mind. It wasn’t the destination that was important anyway.
The Tetons were still snow-covered and the ice on the lakes had just melted the week before. 

You know me and water;  I couldn’t resist. 

We came back through Bear Lake and Logan Canyon, a drive that I adore!

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 
-- Ernest Hemingway

General Conference Photographs

This has to be Potts' favorite assignment. For the past three conferences, he has been asked to help photograph General Conference along with nine other photographers. To fulfill this task, he pretty much lives on Temple Square for two full days, then edits and prepares his favorite 100 images the next day. He puts his whole heart and soul into this undertaking (as he does any photographic assignment.)

There's a story behind this photograph --

Potts listens to as much of Conference as he is able with his ear buds and iPhone. As he was listening to President Packer"s message of the finches and the snake in the ivy, he thought to himself, "I don't think I've seen many birds on Temple Square. Wouldn't it be wonderful if a few flew in just for this occasion?" And then, a dozen little birds flew onto the tree right next to him. They stayed just long enough for him to photograph and then flew away. Potts felt a sense of love and awe, realizing just Who is in charge. When he came home, out of curiosity he looked up what type of tiny birds these were.  He discovered they were actually finches!

Besides the above bird that was used to illustrate President Packer's message, eleven other of Potts' images were published in the May issue of the Ensign.

Here are a few more of MY favorites -