Young's Photo Gallery
James W. Young,
LDS Temples Galore Trip
I usually spend time at
my summer home in Oregon in the springtime, but an interesting event
happened in late October, 2010. I was contacted by a Glenn Cheney
concerning a temple image
on my web site: An image of the
Atlanta, Georgia Temple taken in July,
2006. It was an early
evening picture with the colors of sunset on clouds in the
background. Mr. Cheney wanted a high
resolution image to make a picture on canvas to present to his parents
for Christmas later that
year. After Christmas, I heard from Glenn's parents:
President Darrell and Yvonne Cheney of
the Atlanta Temple (he is 2nd counselor). They were thrilled, and
so a conversation about the
May 1, 2011 rededication of this same temple ensued. In fact,
they extended an invitation to
myself and Karen to attend....and even to stay with them while in the
During January and February of this year I began considering the
possible trip to Atlanta, as
an alternate to my normal Oregon trip. Gee, I thought, I could
photograph many temples that
I have never seen...all along the way. A long road trip could
include some grandchildren to see
as well, and later would include the possible viewing of a shuttle
launch from Cape Kennedy also!
My initial plan included visiting a few new national parks, some
friends, and my daughter in Ohio.
Staying in touch with the Cheneys, I continued to formulate additional
things to do. Maybe I
could do extensive photography of the Atlanta Temple as well.
Then Karen looked at her school
spring vacation that occurred around that same time period. She
could fly to Atlanta, see the
temple open house, and the shuttle launch, but would have to leave
before the dedication took
place. By March, we had a reasonable plan that would have me
drive across country to Atlanta,
pick up Karen and spend more than a week in the area as well as in
Florida. I had 15 different
LDS temple sites I could easily visit along the way to Atlanta and then
back home. It would
take 30-40 days, and wasn't finalized until I was half way to Atlanta:
40 days would do it!
The following maps, pictures and itinerary descriptions will be shown
on a daily basis, starting
on April 4,....and ending May 13, 2011. Each day will carry a map
of the day's travels, using
letters and colors to define specifics. The red line (with arrows
showing direction) shows the
actual roads taken, along with G for gas stops, T for temple sites visited, C for sleeping in
the car, M for staying in
motels, A for
accommodations at friends' homes, C for Church, F for
firesides given, H (black)
for a helicopter ride, and B
(black) for a boat trip, and V
to friends, NPs, waterfalls, etc.
I left Wrightwood at 6 AM traveling east through Flagstaff, AZ, then on
first temple visit at Snowflake late in the afternoon. I would
then continue on to
Albuquerque, NM arriving at 2 AM.
There were no lights on the Albuquerque Temple when I arrived.
with the considerable road construction on the street in front of the
lights were turned off at night so as not to attract visitors who could
in the traffic tangle of that road construction. The gate was
open, and I walked
on site, only to be approached by temple security. I told him
what I was doing,
and he offered to turn the lights on at 4 AM. I slept in the car
I slept till 7 AM, and took the following morning images.
getting gas in Albuquerque, I drove east and south toward Clovis, NM,
found the following train track cleaning device re-circulating and
cleaning the rocks
along the edges of the ties on both sides. The foreman told me it
was a process
known as 'track ballast maintenance'.
grow lots of cotton between Clovis, NM and Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Temple, afternoon and evening
Lubbock Temple in the morning
The restored barracks at old Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas
The restored hospital at old Fort Concho
After visiting a friend in San Angelo, TX I drove to just north of Big
I slept in the car for the night, and took the following images of the
The rising Milky Way at 11 PM, with lingering clouds
Milky Way at 4 AM
After sunrise, I drove into Big Bend National Park, first driving to
center in the Chisos Mountains, then to the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook
west, and finally to the Rio Grand Village at the eastern edge of the
the Rio Grand River. I left the park late in the afternoon, and
drove north to
Fort Stockton and got a motel room for the night.
Rio Grand River: Mexico to the left, Texas to the right
Me in the Santa Elena Canyon (Texas side)
Rio Grand Village area; Texas left, Mexico right with mountains in the
A Mexican caballero came across the river at my request for a picture
A bee working the cactus flower at Rio Grand Village
I left Fort Stockton, and drove east
and north to Killeen, TX to visit a special
family. A young lady, Angelique lives with her grandparents,
Carmen and Ruben.
'Angie' found my web site a few years back while doing a school
asked some assistance for an astronomy related paper for one of her
I visited this family last year, and gave a talk in a classroom about
at the school where Carmen works. Ruben is a retired US Army
'Angie' at her Tae Kwon Do class
'Angie' sparring with her instructor
I left Killeen and drove to the Dallas area, first to visit the temple
eventually to stay with friends Arlie and Rebecca Ordonez in
came with me to do the evening photography at the Dallas Temple.
I did a Stake Fireside at the Frisco Stake Center, Sunday evening, with
450 people attending.
Leaving the Dallas area, and drove east into Louisiana to visit a radio
friend in Alexandria. Then crossed the Mississippi River at
Vicksburg, then to
Jackson and north to Batesville for the night.
I had breakfast with a University of Mississippi professor at
continuing into Tennessee to photograph the Memphis and Nashville
The Memphis Temple
Dogwood Trees along Tennessee Route 96
View from the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge over Tennessee Route 96, just
west of Franklin
The Nashville Temple
Leaving the Nashville area, I drove south into Alabama to Huntsville to
NASA 'Space Camp' for youth. At the end of the day I reached the
area for a two-night stay.
Space Camp in Huntsville
'Mission Control' simulator actually in progress
These beautiful dogwood trees were found at Russell Cave NM, in the
northeast corner of Alabama
I had seen these beautiful red clover areas in the center of several
highways, but you can't stop. Finally I found this area at an
The Birmingham Temple at night
After taking morning images of Birmingham Temple area, I explored
covered bridges less than 40 miles from my motel.
The Easley Covered Bridge west of Oneonta, Alabama
The Swann Covered Bridge northwest of Oneonta, Alabama
Great White Egret, with breeding plumage, seen in a small lake west of
A small roadside unnamed waterfall between Nectar and Cleveland, Alabama
I left the Birmingham area and drove to Atlanta, Georgia. I would
begin a two
week stay in Acworth, Georgia at the home of Darrell and Yvonne Cheney.
The Atlanta, Georgia Temple
The following day, I picked up Karen at the Atlanta airport, and we
went to the
temple for a private tour of the newly renovated interior.
Darrell Cheney, of
the Temple Presidency, took us through during the last day of the Open
Here is the Temple Presidency: Left to right; Yvonne and Darrell
Counselor), Beth and K. Dean Black (President), and Edwinna and Lynn
Sunday found us attending Stake Conference in the Powder Springs Ward
then to the Douglasville Ward for a second session of Stake Conference
We returned home, then went to the Hadaway Ward for my fireside for the
Monday Karen and I left fort Florida, and the Kennedy Space center, as
to visit the Orlando Temple.
We visited the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, then the space center,
finally had dinner in Cocoa Beach and visited the shores of the
STS-134 on launch pad B, as seen from the north
The 'BIG' lens to see the shuttle from 6 miles
The Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) at the Space Center
Launch Pad 'B' as seen from 2 miles
The end (bottom) of the Saturn V rocket
A returned Apollo capsule
Karen and the Atlantic Ocean off of Cocoa Beach
We drove south to Biscayne National
Park and later to Key West
The boat traveled very slow through the 'Manatee Zone'
The boat captain (left) and his helper
The Lighthouse on Boca Chita Key
Miami across Biscayne Bay as seen from Boca Chita Key
Comorants pearched on pilings with the South Miami area in the
A Snowy Egret dries its wings in the sun. These types of birds do
not have oil
on its wings like other water foul, therefore they must dry their wings
Sunset off of Grassy Key on our way to Key West
Spending the night in Key West, we headed north to Everglades NP, and
in Melbourne for the night
Excursion boat off Key West
Looking south across the Straits of Florida
The east end of the old Bahai Honda Bridge
Looking west at what still remains of the Bahai Honda Bridge. The
is on the right.
Everglades National Park
White Pelicans off the coast near Flamingo at the southern tip of the
A juvenile White Ibis
A Great Egret
A Turkey Vulture
We drove north to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR).
night we had dinner and stayed in Valdosta, FL
The Stephen C. Foster State Park in the ONWR
A Dragon Fly
An alligator with a dragon fly on its left eyebrow
The Okefenokee forest
Lily pads, with a waterlily
An interesting tree in the Suwannee River in the Okefenokee State Park.
visitors have fastened wood boards up the trunk, so as to climb to the
attached to the first limb. We called it the 'giraffe' tree.
Leaving Valdosta, we returned to Acworth and the Cheney's home.
Sunday we attended services in the Burnt Hickory Ward, then
went to the
Atlanta Temple. Both Karen and I received permission to be
on the grounds to
photograph the temple for the entire afternoon. We were
introduced to Max
and Debi Kimball who live in a condo complex across the
street from the temple.
They gave us permission to photograph the temple from
their 6th floor balcony.
The Kimballs are close friends of the Cheneys, and Max was in the
The following three images were obtained from the Kimball's balcony
Karen and I drove into northern Georgia, and eventually into southwest
North Carolina to visit friends and photograph waterfalls along the way.
Amicalola Falls, Georgia northwest of Gainsville on Georgia 52
Dry Falls, North Carolina, east of Highlands on US 64
Cullasaja Falls, west of Highlands on US 64
The next day we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Smoky
National Park, then to the Cherokee Indian Reservation just southwest
Smoky NP. Then we went to Deer Creek north of Bryson City, NC to
Mingo Falls on the Cherokee Indian Reservation
Juney Whank Falls
Indian Creek Falls
Tom Branch Falls
Yaling and Mike White (W4MTS), and their daughter Lena
Karen and I drove back to Acworth, GA
I took Karen to the Atlanta airport, then hurried back to Florida for
launch. Just north of Forsyth, Georgia I saw the obvious damage
caused by a
tornado that had touched down along the freeway during the night of
I stayed with John Trent (KE4QIV) and his wife Jo in Cocoa, Florida.
Although the shuttle launch was once again scrubbed, I spent a day with
Trent (KE4QIV) and his wife Jo. After an early rest, I left for
photograph the damage caused by the tornado that swept across the
north of Forsyth, Georgia.
The VAB from the Riverside Inn in Titusville. We set up our
tripod and camera
equipment to photograph the shuttle launch, and this is all we got!
John and Jim
I arrived north of Forsyth, Georgia at 8 AM. As I took
photographs west of
the freeway on a frontage road, an elderly couple told me of a family
lost their house east side of the freeway. It was the home of
Chris, his wife Christi, and daughter Logan all suffered injuries,
daughter with a serious eye injury.
Later I arrived back in the Atlanta area to attended the "Southern
a contemporary musical in the Atlanta Civic Center with 2700 youth from
Atlanta area LDS Stakes and Wards. The prophet of the Church,
Monson attended the performance.
Tornado damage west of I-75 and north of Forsyth, Georgia
Chris Landers' home totally destroyed, 1 mile east of I-75
Chris Landers in the red shirt
The "Southern Lights" performance
Elder Ballard (left), President Monson (center), and Elder Walker
The "Southern Lights" performance dancers
More performance dance routines
Elder M. Russell Ballard
The downtown Atlanta city skyline
The Atlanta Temple
dedication took place on the morning of Sunday, May 1 2011.
President Thomas S. Monson held two dedicatory sessions; one at 9AM,
second one at 12 noon. I attended the second session.
The following Temple images were obtained between the two dedication
President Thomas S. Monson
Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Max Kimball
Leaving Atlanta early Monday morning I head for both Columbia, South
and Raleigh, North Carolina for their respective temples.
The Columbia South Carolina Temple at sunrise
Traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina
The Raleigh North Carolina Temple
Today I drive to the Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras National
I visit a ham friend in Hampton, and finally go to Williamsburg and
The pelicans searching for food off Bodie Island
The Bodie Island Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The view from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Sand Dunes of Hatteras Island
Wright Brothers National Memorial Museum
Kitty Hawk Memorial
My ham friend, John Osborn, KD4EAQ
I have an early dinner with my granddaughter in Richmond, then drive
the night through Pennsylvania and into northeast Ohio ending up in
With granddaughter Katie
After spending the morning at the temple of the Church of Christ, I
into Medina. I have dinner with another ham friend, and then
spend the early
evening with my daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson.
The Kirtland Temple (Church of Christ)
The Cuyahoga River (time exposure) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Grandson Levi, and daughter Eileen in Medina, Ohio
Son-in-law Rod, with Eileen
Eileen and I spend some time together, then we all meet at the Medina
for my fireside.
I leave for Columbus to photograph the temple there, then into
Indiana to see the property for a temple to be built there, and finally
west into Illinois, to the Mississippi River, and north to the Nauvoo
The Columbus Ohio Temple
The still vacant property for the recently announced LDS temple in
Sunset on the Mississippi River north of Keokuk, Illinois on State
The Nauvoo Temple
I attended Sunday services at the Nauvoo Ward, meet two ham
and then leave for St. Louis, Missouri. I got a motel,
late in the afternoon, then returned for some nighttime imaging.
The Nauvoo Temple in the morning
An original sculpted 'Sunstone' at the nearby Nauvoo quarry
The St. Louis Missouri Temple
After imaging the St Louis Temple in the morning, I headed to Mansfield
my granddaughter, Ashlie. In a youth setting at a local church she
her experience raising poodle dogs.
Morning images at the St. Louis Temple
Granddaughter Ashlie in Mansfield, Missouri
I had breakfast with Ashlie's grandparents, the Philpotts, then toured
acre property. Later in the afternoon, I drove into
Oklahoma to photograph the
Oklahoma City Temple.
The Philpott's property west of Mansfield
Ashlie and grandma Jan riding their horses
The Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
I took sunrise pictures of the Oklahoma City Temple, then drove west
Mexico and the White Sands National Monument. Continuing west, I
Arizona and the Gila Valley. There I photographed the Gila Valley
spent the night in a motel in Thatcher, Arizona.
Sunrise at the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
Drove through the panhandle of Texas into New Mexico
The White Sands National Monument, west of Alamogordo on US Highway 70
The Gila Valley Arizona Temple
I got up at 2:30 AM, and drove to the south side of the road to Mt.
There I took images of the Milky Way, and as twilight began, the four
conjunction of Mercury, Venus, Mars , and Jupiter in the eastern
returning to the motel to sleep for three hours, I left Thatcher,
the Gila Valley Temple in sunlight, then drove to the Gilbert Arizona
Mesa Temple, and Phoenix Temple sites (all within a 20 mile
radius). Later I
drove to Flagstaff for dinner, and went to the Grand Canyon NP for the
The Milky Way as seen from state highway 366 on the south of Mt. Graham
A four planet conjunction (also seen from highway 366). Mars is
in the lower
left, with Venus (brightest), Jupiter (upper), and Mercury (lower) to
The Gila Valley Arizona Temple in the morning
The Gilbert Arizona Temple construction site, slated for completion in
The Mesa Arizona Temple and grounds
The Phoenix Arizona Temple construction site, with a groundbreaking
scheduled for June 4, 2011
The Grand Canyon National Park late in the afternoon
The Grand Canyon at night (illuminated by moonlight), as seen in the
images. Note the stars in the sky top center.
Note the lights in the Geology Museum (foreground, upper right center)
Bright Angel Canyon in the upper left center
I got up at 3 AM to photograph the Milky Way from the parking lot at
Point. I took a helicopter ride after sunrise over the canyon
before heading to
Wrightwood, completing a 40-day, 14000 miles trip in 22 states.
The Milky Way from the Yavapai parking lot
Sunrise at Yavapai Point
The remaining images were taken from a helicopter in extremely clear
The Colorado River near Tanner Canyon
The Little Colorado River Canyon (lower center, extending to the right)
Trees (and the helicopter shadow) over Walhalla Plateau
Bright Angel Canyon from left center to lower right
The Colorado River (center)
Crystal Rapids (center), with Crystal Creek entering the Colorado from
(obscured by canyon walls)
The South Rim in the upper left, as our flight ends.
I arrived back in Wrightwood at 4 PM.
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