City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

November 23, 2016

November 23rd

Filed under: picinic site 5, Shark Fin Rock, Weather — canopus56 @ 7:19 pm

Shark Fin Rock

4:30 p.m. After a warm morning and afternoon, a new front arrives, and quickly the canyon becomes dark and foreboding. Rain and snow begins to fall. At mile 0.5, there is a queer, prominent rock formation: two 40 foot tall fins sticking out of the hillside. From below on the road at picnic site 5 and milepost 0.6, they look like a hand with an index finger pointing to the sky, but from on the pipeline trail they look like a shark’s fin. When the canyon is dark and foggy, these rocks are a reassuring sight. Even though I have been walking and jogging in the canyon for several decades, I still become disoriented in the cold, the dark, and the fog. When the shark’s fin can be seen through the fog backlit against a morning sky or against the reflected city lights at night, I know I am near home. With this knowledge, my soul and body warm.

In Thoreau’s “Journal” on November 23rd, 1850, Thoreau looks through the ice on a pond and sees caddis worms crawling on the pond’s bottom. On November 23rd, 1852, Thoreau records the first snow of the season.

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