Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Passing through Indian Canyon Utah

Canon 1DsIII EF24-70 (45mm) f/8 1/100 ISO 50

As many know or will soon find out we've returned to the Jackson Hole area.

We decided to travel along US 191 from Arizona into the Jackson Hole area in order to have a more laid back experience. Which brings us to Indian Canyon Utah along US 191 between Helper and Duchesne.

Canon 1DsIII EF24-70 (60mm) f/8 1/100 ISO 50

This stretch of road offers great landscape opportunities of gentle rolling hills and grazing lands with horses and cattle.  We also saw remnants of early homesteading with log cabins, and outbuildings.  We discovered such a homestead in Indian Canyon.  Driving along US 191 we spotted the remains of a cabin and outbuildings and decided to stop. 

Canon 1DsIII 24-70 (45mm) f/8 1/100 ISO 50 

Canon 1DsIII 24-70mm (43mm) f/8 1/250 ISO 50

We thought we had to shoot from the road as everything was behind a fence and locked gate.  Fortunately shortly after stopping a small pickup pulled off the road and the owner introduced himself and gave us a brief history of the homestead.  Mr. Art Taylor, the owner told us the place we were standing at was called the Poulson Place and dated back to between 1905 and 1908 with the first homesteading of the area.  Mr. Taylor lived here with his wife in the early years of their marriage before moving to the Duchesne area and evidentially having 8 children and 32 grandchildren.  Mr. Taylor was kind enough to unlock the gate and allow us free access to the homestead while he conducted business further down the road. 

 Canon 1DsIII 24-70 (35mm) f/8 1/200 ISO50

 Canon 1DsIII 24-70 (45mm) f/8 1/250 ISO50

Leica M9 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 f/11 1/1000 ISO 1000

We want to thank Art Taylor for his kindness in sharing the local history and allowing us access not only to this homestead but another which is located further north.  The second homestead, a small cabin was homesteaded by 2-widows shortly after a mining accident cost them their husbands.  Barbara Jones and Bessie Gordon built the small cabin with hopes their sons would not grow up to be miners.

Leica M9 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 f/11 1/1500 ISO 640 

Leica M9 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 f/11 1/750 ISO 800

Were it not for the kindness of Mr. Taylor we would not have learned some of the rich history of the area let alone be able to get better images of the homesteads.

Leica M9 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 f/11 1/1500 ISO 50 

Leica M9 Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 f/11 1/500 ISO 50

We're back in Jackson staying at the Homewood Suites and hope to share our return experiences.
Art Taylor & Sandy

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more.

Sandy & Don

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