City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

February 26, 2017

February 25th

Filed under: Pollution — canopus56 @ 9:38 pm

Heightened Senses

5:00 p.m. Despite the low temperature, about ten strolling couples and runners traverse the lower canyon. The brisk air is refreshing and clears the mind. Modern life is a continual bombardment and over stimulation of the senses. Car noise, traffic, noxious smells, trash, and the continual distraction of advertisements and information dulls both the mind and the senses. My body has learned over the years to automatically dull the mind and to reduce the sensitively of the senses. My jogs and walks in the canyon reverses those effects, and during these walks senses reawaken. In the City, the smell of people, except for the most offensive body odors or the over perfumed, is not noticed. As my sense of smell heightens this evening, I can smell each individual person as they pass. This gives me a glimpse into how blind persons experience the world.

In Thoreau’s “Journal” on February 25th, 1859, he hears a nuthatch and see the tracks of skunks.

On February 25th, 1910, resident A. M. Pendleton recommended the planting of a cultivar, the English walnut, in City Creek Canyon and throughout the rest of the city (Salt Lake Tribune). This would have created an English style managed landscape “forest” in the canyon as currently appears at Liberty Park in the city.

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