Monday, March 30, 2015

Beehives and Other Details

The glare from the rising sun kept me from seeing the beehives on the posts this morning.
Fortunately, my camera didn't miss them.
Eva Bingham Persson took this photo during her visit to the tabernacle a few months before the 2010 fire.
She also took this picture from inside the building.
I took this picture with my zoom lens this morning.
Many of you have noticed that the brick arches in the gable walls have a beehive shape.
I saw many details this morning.
Blooms on the grounds, so beautiful.
I have been scouring neighborhood properties for flowers, but there was no need today.
New trees are everywhere.
They all had buds, too.
More are being planted.
The trees will be even more beautiful when I don't have to use a zoom lens to find them.
I also spied this lotus.
And a fleur de lis, shining in the morning sun.
There were actually quite a few of these.
The morning sun is not predictable.
I learned that this detail in the south lot is in fact a drinking fountain, right where we'll need it.
I'm excited about the beehives.
This morning I focused on the short concrete wall on the left.  A sign for the temple will be here.
The workman on the right is forming rebar for another sign on the east side. 
More critical details are falling into place.
Such as, finally!  A driveway for the underground parking garage.
I'm a big fan of sidewalks, too.
This walkway runs east and west across the south lot.
The way is being cleared for the east side walkway.
A little digging is necessary for the north end of this walk.
Forms indicate the beginnings of stairs.
I had such a lovely time at the site.  Everything was beautiful.
Maybe this counts as looking at scriptures today.
Some of the details are bold and colorful.
These are two of my favorite details.
Some of you noticed this detail last week. 
I tried to see details in the north lot from the Nu Skin garage.
The concrete circles against the temple are the bases for exterior lighting.
Tarps indicate painting.
The south entrance is still a jumble.
We can safely assume this is more organized than it looks.
It appears to be the last bastion of mayhem.
The south lot is lining out.
The pavilion blocks some of the disarray.
Sod: That's a detail I'm watching for.
One year ago Moroni, one of the most striking details, was placed.
All of these thoughtful details make the temple very beautiful. 
What a way to start the day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Four Miles

The temple looked peaceful from Second South this afternoon.
It was serene next door, too.
The east side was not quiet at all.
I thought they were all finished building drains.
I learned today that the temple site includes four miles of underground drainage lines.
Drains to collect water from the roof will pass between the white fence and the walkway as they run along the east side of the temple.
The copper part of the collection system is already in place.
We've been admiring it for quite some time.
There aren't four miles of it, but it's still beautiful.
This will all be completed soon so they can build the east stairs.
In the meantime, this city sidewalk is coming up so a new one can go down.
The track hoes made it difficult for me to check on the forms for the south entrance.
They are quicker than you might suspect.
My camera, however, is persistent.
An underground labyrinth was going up a year ago in this area.
I have no idea why these forms are this tall.
So far, we've been able to trust the engineers.
I checked on the pavilion.
It was a little hard to see, also.
We might think the progress is slow on the pavilion, but last summer it looked like this.
Men worked on the east side of the pavilion this afternoon.
Ladders helped.
They are installing the soffit around the new LED lights.
They still have a lot of work to do. 
New trees aren't waiting.
I saw new trees on the north side, too.
Blossoms no longer wait for anything. 
I am giving up ever seeing the temple from this vantage point again.
I can be happy with this view, though.
We can now see the new fence along Center Street.
The west side is being prepared for painting.
Don't worry about the painter in the shade.  It was his lunch hour.
The view is clear from the south.
I believe there are no more roadblocks on this end, either.