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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Snow

During a break in our spring snowstorm, I visited the temple site this morning.
I spied an open doorway.  I can't resist those anymore. 
This was tricky to see. 
There was a lot in the way. 
We waited so long for fence posts and gate posts, and now we can't see past them.
I am anxious to see how this doorway is finished.
The chapel will be in this area, with the original pulpit from the tabernacle.
Unfortunately, my camera could only focus on snowflakes.
I didn't even try to peek past this workman at the southeast tower entrance.
I was delighted to see art glass installed in the east gable wall.
Bricks have been delivered to finish the doorway below it, with rebar and concrete in preparation for stairs.
The days are numbered for the east side decking.
A mason worked at this corner post.
He is starting the sandstone base.
Welders assembled the fence along University Avenue.
I hope this is a warm job, because it was really cold today.
The raptors, which we haven't seen for awhile, didn't seem to mind the weather.
Men worked in the garden area near the north doorway. Sprinkler lines and conduit for exterior lighting are in place. 
The pavilion is getting harder and harder to see.
Landscaping efforts are disguising it.
I'm always on the lookout for copper.
I wonder if this is for the roof.
Not long after I left the site, the pavilion looked like this, so we probably won't learn that today.
Waterproofing the lower part of this wall is in progress.  This corner used to be the intersection of First South and First West.
A tree just a few steps away has flowers growing out of its side.
First South stops at University Avenue at this point.  The missionary box used to be here.  Then it was a construction entrance.  Now there are forms for a new curb.
This new walkway runs between University Avenue and First West, in place of a one block stretch of First South.
The fountain will be a focal point of the walkway.  The fountain base is in the center of the picture.
This strip along University is being cleared after functioning as a staging ground.
I watched men drill the base of this lamp post into the ground.  This is a replacement for a city post which was removed during the construction.
Several posts were removed, but all will be replaced.
The lamp posts on the temple site are different from the city posts.
They are beautiful.
Perhaps you have guessed which one is my favorite.
This truck was full of boxes.  The labels identified the contents as cabinets.  Men offloaded them onto a smaller truck.
They did not take them down this driveway.
They took them down this way.
The south entrance is starting to make sense.  We are seeing a geofoam ramp gracefully rise to the porch.
The edge of an orbital walkway is visible.  It will meet that ramp.
This mason placed sandstone in the east stairwell which leads to the underground garage.
The stone is held in place with bolts, not mortar.
The sandstone on the stairway walls is the same stone used around the windows and in the niches.
The sky might have been gloomy, but the temple wasn't.
No matter the weather, the temple is always stunning.

Friday, April 10, 2015

One Brief Moment

If you are surprised about the new snow on Mt. Timp, please know we'll be drinking that this fall.
The track hoe dropped a jackhammer into this hole near the beehive gate while I watched.
It was the quietest jackhammer I have ever heard.  They might have been killing a spider. 
Progress continues on the post office lot.  You can see this from the construction cam.
I actually started my day here.  With a truck parked at the bus stop, I decided to cross the street.
Good timing on my part, as the truck chose that moment to deliver dirt. 
The temple is always gleaming in the morning light.  I stopped to take a picture.
Wait.  Is that an open window?
How lucky can I be?
Pretty lucky!
I hung around for awhile on the courthouse grounds.
I made friends with some tulips.
I realized I was seeing a window frame lying on the deck.
I wondered how much art glass was in that frame.
I was about to cross the street when I saw the rest of the wood come down.
I could see the stainless steel flashing over the wood I saw Tuesday.
I watched for quite awhile with nothing happening.
I had to make a decision to stay and keep watching, or walk around the site.
I bailed.
I was pretty sure I wouldn't forget to cross the street on my way back around
I probably spent too much time watching geofoam.  ET in the righthand corner is me.  Forms for a new curb along University Avenue are in place, so I was reaching over a jersey wall barrier.
It was a free-for-all in the geofoam pit.
This has transformed from a labyrinth to a glacier field.
Staring doesn't increase my understanding.
Not to mention that machines keep getting in the way.
The dirt truck drove away from the bus stop, so I checked out the north gardens:  New stairs and a beautiful walkway.
A lightning-fast bobcat spread the newly delivered dirt around. 
Trailers have sprung up in the south parking lot.
They came out to enjoy spring.
It took a few tries to get a good picture of the pavilion.
My camera is persistent.
I walked back to the courthouse and could not believe my eyes!
My camera had no doubts and peeked in.
I nearly cried.
Impeccable timing, for sure.
Definitely not just another day at the site.