A Refuge

Howie Garber is a professional photographer based out of Salt Lake City. He focuses on nature, wildlife, and landscape photography. You can see more of his images and his extensive list of experience on his website: http://www.wanderlustimages.com/ Garber has a strong interest in showing the beauty of the nearby Wasatch Range and the devastation of Salt Lake City’s air pollution. He has shared several photographs with us to raise awareness of the issue.

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Man observing the Smog, Air pollution from Ensign Peak area looking east toward University of Utah and Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City, Utah. Are the mountains a refuge?

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Clean Air from Ensign Peak area looking east toward University of Utah and Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Double Rainbow over Mount Olympus, Mount Olympus Wilderness Area, Wasatch Mountains, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt lake City, Utah.

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Smog at sunset, Air pollution from Ensign Peak area looking west toward Beck Street Refineries and Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Beck Street Refinery with Utah State Capitol and Wasatch Mountains in in background, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Jim Bridger power plant in Wyoming, adjacent to a recreation area.

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University of Utah, Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Smog, Air pollution from Ensign Peak area looking east towards downtown and Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Wasatch Mountains, how we like to see them.

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Salt Lake City with Wasatch Front in Background, Utah.

Unfortunately, the state is close to approving a large expansion of Holly Refinery, adjacent to downtown. Garber feels that recreation areas being next to power plants may become the new norm. Let’s pay attention to what we’re breathing, and the beauty hidden behind it. Check your daily air quality on airnow.gov.

Howie Garber has published a book of his spectacular photography, Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge. You can also find the book on Facebook.

Garber will be discussing his book and local conservation issues at the University of Utah in March. The Book Signing, Lecture, and Slide Show will be from 12:15 – 1:15, in room 106 of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, on March 28. More information is here.

Annie Gilliland is an MS student at the University of Utah in the Environmental Humanities program. She is working on a fellowship with the Office of Sustainability.

2 responses to “A Refuge

  1. Hi there, I’m doing a photovoice project about pollution in Missoula, SLC, and Bejjing, and I was wondering if I could use the photo man standing looking at the pollution settled in the valley. I used to live there for 15 years and moved b/c of pollution and the possible effects it could have on my kids. It’s an issue that important, let me know! Thanks! Great photos. I would of course provide a link and who was the creator of photo. Peace.

    • Hi Shannon,

      It is a great photo; however, we do not own the rights to it. The images are by photographer Howie Garber. To receive permission, you can contact him at (801)272-2134. If you get a chance, visit his website at http://www.wanderlustimages.com/ to see more great environmental and wilderness shots.

      Thanks,
      Ayrel, Office of Sustainability

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