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The cool thing about Utah is the fact that there are so many incredible places to visit. I'm sure that people who aren't very familiar with Utah imagine it as a place brimming strictly with mormons and cacti (which is true to an extent...), but alas, it's a hidden gem! On terms of living, Utah may not be for everyone-- but it's certainly a place worth visiting (a lot). 

This lovely little location is comfortably nestled against the mountainside in Alpine, Utah and overlooks the entire Utah Valley. The sea of poppies was absolutely stunning! When we first arrived, there was no one there except a young family getting their family portraits done. They were cute and the kids approached us so they could say hello to Kingsley. 

It was peaceful as we sat in the shade and watched the field of poppies swaying with the gentle breeze. All seemed right with the world. As time passed, however, the peaceful setting was soon overrun with people. Photographers, models, you name it. It kind of made my heart hurt that in such a short period of time a place so lovely and peaceful could become so hectic and chaotic. People were stomping through the poppies in order to get "the right shot." There was all sorts of contention as people accidentally ended up in the background of someone else's photos. Not too long after we had arrived, we turned around and went home. 

I'm not going to lie, I was frustrated and I didn't have a very good experience. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: let's be more aware of the world around us-- of nature and it's beauty. This world has so much to offer us, but we will easily miss it if we are constantly looking through the viewfinder of a camera. When you are sitting in a field of poppies, take a second to enjoy the view as it is, not through a phone or a camera. Beautiful places produce beautiful pictures, but the pictures can never quite do it justice. We are all guilty (at some point or another) of missing the moment in order to get "the perfect shot," but let's start missing shots for the moments. 

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  1. These pictures are breathtaking! Seriously loving those poppies!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! This seriously was the most breath-taking thing to see when we pulled up. Everything around it was dirt and rocks (typical desert-like terrain) and then out of nowhere there was a sea of color!

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  2. I love these photos. You both are stunning as is the location.
    Ugh, it's so annoying when there's a beautiful spot and it's overrun with photographers! I ran into that last winter at a big park that everyone and their mom in Mesa goes to take family Christmas card pictures. It was so hectic! But at least it wasn't a remote place like this location seems to be- it was next to a Walgreens, haha.

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    1. You're so sweet!
      Yeah, it's tough because it's not like you want to hog the location and keep it all to yourself, but at the same time, you don't want to have to deal with crowds of people. Like, I'm glad that people are enjoying it! But I just wish people would be more courteous of other people.

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  3. That's the problem with sharing the locations of beautiful places like this online, people flock to it and they are no longer peaceful beautiful gems. By you telling everyone this locations name and whereabouts it's going to become even more crowded and over run :(
    Beautiful photos though!

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    1. My intent isn't to keep beautiful places and locations to myself. If I get to go somewhere beautiful, I want to share it with others so they have the opportunity to go as well! I don't try to keep it to myself. It's not fun to deal with crowds of people, but for me, the biggest problem I had with the experience was simply the lack of respect and courtesy that was shown for both the location and the other people present. It's not hard to avoid crowds of people, though! If you don't want to deal with them, just get up at 5am and go.

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    2. I get that. It's just There have been two beautiful places in alpine that they have closed off public access because people started coming from all over and not respecting the area and it just was so overrun. I would just hate for another place to become closed off.

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