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I was out yesterday, taking my daughter to her flute lesson, when I saw a storm approaching. I drove off quickly and found the light to be very agreeable.

This is the heart of where I live: Cache Valley, Utah. It is an alpine valley surrounded by mountains, the Wellsville Mountains on the west and the Bear River Mountains on the east. Rich farmland lies between.

Most of our valley's open space is used for dairy production, and many class B dairy farms litter the valley. Class B dairies cannot use the milk for milk, but must use it for other things like cheese and yogurt. Indeed, there are three large cheese factories in our valley, all producing an excellent product sought worldwide.

In this photo, you can see these trees that have grown along the banks of a canal (or "ditch" as folks here call them). Mormon pioneers also pioneered irrigation techniques, and literally changed the face of the dry west with their systems of dams and canals. They site scripture and turn to Isaiah 35:1 in claiming to fulfill prophecy: "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose."

Indeed, roses do well here. With little rain, fungus diseases are almost nonexistent on roses!

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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