Lambert Park.June 4, 2016
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.