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Road Trip USA (19)

By TyChee    
The Bonneville Salt Flats -- Utah, USA

The Bonneville Salt Flats and the Great Salt Lake are remnants of ancient Lake Bonneville. Wind and water combine to create the flat surface of salt. Each winter, a shallow layer of standing water floods the surface of the salt flats. During spring and summer, the water slowly evaporates while winds smooth the surface into a vast, nearly perfect flat plain.

The salt surface contains potassium, magnesium lithium and sodium chloride (common table salt).

This photo was taken in late September and the salt surface is under about an inch of water. The white salt under the water creates a perfect mirrored surface. The area you see here in this photo is the beginning of the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway. Yesterdays upload was taken on the access road to the area. Unlike the summer when there are hundreds of people and cars out to break speed records.....this time of year there it is devoid of any lifeforms and activity.

My son and I were out there all alone. No life as far as you can see in any direction. The feeling of solitude is amazing. You can stand there and scream to the top of your lungs and the sound seems to fade away just a few feet in front of you. It is so flat that distance and speed become difficult to judge as there is nothing standing to give you a reference.


Thank you for stopping by.

Tags: Utah Salt flats Landscape and travel Bonneville

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conrad 15 10.9k 116
23 Dec 2007 1:22PM
Ah, the Bonneville Salt Flats - still on my list of places to visit. I just never ventured that much west out of Salt Lake City, when I was there.

Very nice capture of this interesting location.

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phototime 13 8 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 2:13PM
What a beautiful shots Ty,love the reflections and the detail is superb.Excellent.

Cormy 12 3 England
23 Dec 2007 2:57PM
Three really nice shots,Like No.2 best.
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
23 Dec 2007 3:30PM
Yes three nice ones.Go for No2 as well.
A Booth Plus
17 11 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 3:40PM
splendid vista and excellent composition - v2 seems to to have more saturated colour
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2122 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 4:25PM
Number 2 for me, for the cold magic of the blue.
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 4:37PM
An historic place, no motoring history book gives you such uncluttered views as this. Excellent landscape work, Ty.
23 Dec 2007 5:54PM
There's so much of the world i would like to see, and you keep bringing me bits of it Ty - thank you for glorious images!

flyingseale 12 400 3 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 5:59PM
A remarkable place, and well captured here. I think you'd have an even stronger image if you cropped out some of the foreground and placed the horizon on the third.
Brilane 13 5 12 Wales
23 Dec 2007 6:37PM
Interesting write-up. Great picture.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
23 Dec 2007 7:03PM
A quite awe inspiring image Ty. Even allowing the imagination to run riot its difficult to try to picture the vast expanse that you describe. Amazing shot.
Grim1 13 49 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 7:51PM
Wow, amazing - car's looking good too!
SandraKay Plus
12 233 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 8:21PM
Better to go out of season and have this wonderful site to yourselves rather than in the busy season. Better for us too as we can appreciate the real beauty of this unusual place.
Joline Plus
13 30 55 United States
23 Dec 2007 8:21PM
User_Removed 16 16 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 8:32PM
I feel I travel with you sometimes Ty.

rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
23 Dec 2007 9:35PM
Perfect Ty, a feeling of remotness. Ron.
rmr 12 1 Wales
23 Dec 2007 9:38PM
superb reflections and peace
well done
23 Dec 2007 9:39PM
Lovely reflection Ty.
Great Pic.

exposure Plus
15 6.0k England
23 Dec 2007 9:49PM
A Beautiful reflection and detail and a lovely composition.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
23 Dec 2007 10:17PM
Three more great images from your travels, like the reflections and feeling of vast open space
RockArea 13 18 3 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 10:38PM
I think the best word for this 'awesome' in its true sense. Great to have the background information about the place behind the deeds we've all heard about.

brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2007 11:34PM
Superb shots Ty, not really good for the car I'm afraid. Smile
chrissd 14 304 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2007 5:35AM
you visit some fantastic places Ty SmileSmile
Possum Plus
13 148 England
24 Dec 2007 9:14AM
V1 and especially V2 really show the glassy reflective surface of the flats. I'd love to be in this vast expanse of space and sing at the top of my voice!
JohnH37 13 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2007 9:59AM
Stunning,beautiful capture/landscape.
24 Dec 2007 11:18AM
Makes me want to travel. Love your pictures.
Have a very merry Christmas and New Year.
imagio 13 12 1 England
24 Dec 2007 12:49PM
Awesome Ty.

24 Dec 2007 5:48PM
Excellent. Stunning image.JNC
Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 9 Wales
26 Dec 2007 12:34PM
Must be an amazing place to visit Ty.Love these shots.
skoffs 13 3 United States
2 Jan 2008 3:30AM
I drove past this 29 years ago without a camera, and I wasn't sure I'd ever see it again. Thank you!
JohnH37 13 1 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2008 9:34PM
Great reflections.

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