Western Mural, Pocatello, ID

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Western mural, Pocatello Idaho 2013

As a new westerner and a photographer interested both the fantastic natural landscape and the urban setting, I am drawn to the work of a certain mural artist who was prolific in some of the areas I have visited. Initially I saw some humor in the real tree being contained and the mural, an imagined landscape, being available. Years later I noticed that the newer mural stops where the fence is and an older mural exists on the back part of the building. I photograph urban setting generally on Sundays when most business are closed. This helps me obtain a clean, clear view. As does picking pleasant weather. This spring I need to visit Pocatello again and will be sure to include a day when this bar is open so I can check out the older mural and maybe find out who the artist is.

Western Mural, Bancroft, ID

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Western Mural, Bancroft, Idaho 2014

In my travels north of Logan, Utah I come across the work of mural painters who had a good business of painting fantastic western landscape murals on various commercial buildings in Southern Idaho. Along the way I have started collecting them when I find them.

Bancroft, ID

140120_bancroft-idaho_135Commercial building, Bancroft, Idaho 2014

Intersting commercial building that has seen many years and various uses. Looks as if at one time it was an auto parts store with it’s interior walls painted in a yellow and blue scheme (NAPA?) and a Monroe shocks sold here sign. Currently looks to be someone’s workshop. Buildings like this are part of the reason I enjoy photographing small western towns. If you know anything about this or other building in Bancroft please leave a comment. Below is a detail of the doors and window.

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Twin Peaks, Goose Creek Mtns., Utah

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Snow covered Twin Peaks (8584 ft. elevation) located in the far NW corner of Utah about 15 miles from the UT-NV-ID boundry monument.

Historic Transcontinental Rail Road Grade

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Driving the Historic Transcontinental Rail Road Grade in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert, December 2016. This view looking West near Bovine with the Pilot Range 20 miles in front of us. Blowing snow in the middle distance is from a vehicle convoy.