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Spearfish Canyon

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Heading back to Rapid City from Devil’s Tower on the afternoon of June 1st, we turned off Interstate 90 and followed the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway into the Black Hills. How about those clouds above the cliffs? And how about Bridal Veil Falls along the same route?

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 28, 2017 at 4:51 AM

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  1. Those clouds are crazy~it looks like two different skies superimposed. Did a storm follow?

    melissabluefineart

    July 28, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    • Those two different-looking panels of clouds are what drew me to make the top image. We did get a touch of rain not long afterwards, but it barely lasted, so I was able to take pictures in a few other places.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 28, 2017 at 7:36 AM

  2. That drive is a good one.

    Jim R

    July 28, 2017 at 8:11 AM

  3. Wow amazing sky, it looks like Zeus or Odin is coming over that hill any minute.

    Robert Parker Teel

    July 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    • Did you know that Odin, also called Wodin, survives in Wednesday, which is to say Wodin’s Day? As for who’s lurking over the cloud-clasped hill, might it not be Thor, the god of Thursday?

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 31, 2017 at 6:52 AM

      • Yes, definitely a Thor scene.
        We should probably start the work week with one of those two stormy characters, Wodin and Thor, instead of Sunday or Monday! I just looked up Friday on Wikipedia, and there’s a nice old picture of “Frigg spinning the clouds” but they don’t look like stormy ones.

        Robert Parker Teel

        July 31, 2017 at 8:29 AM

  4. omg this one is a spiritual gift for me that I can’t even begin to explain to you, presented JUST when I need it! I thank you so much! HOME!

    Elisa

    July 28, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    • You’re welcome, Elisa. Thanks for letting me know these images serve as a spiritual gift for you just when you need it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 28, 2017 at 12:51 PM

  5. When the clouds burst the water falls…..a nice sequence.

    Gallivanta

    July 29, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    • Next we went to another waterfall not far away. We would have had to follow a path down—and worse, back up—to see it, so we pushed on to a third waterfall in the area. We’d barely arrived there when raindrops began to come down, so we headed back to our car. I felt like Coleridge’s ancient mariner who “stoppeth one of three” (waterfalls with my camera).

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2017 at 6:47 AM

  6. Amazing clouds

    kestrelart

    July 29, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    • The clouds are what grabbed me, though the mountains did a good job of holding up the sky. The next day I saw and photographed dramatic clouds over the Crazy Horse Monument as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2017 at 11:14 AM

  7. Beautiful! I like that flat, detailed style in the waterfall photo.

    bluebrightly

    July 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    • I appreciate your liking the waterfall photo. I changed my mind twice about it. First I had it scheduled as a post in its own right. Then I discarded that post because I feel I’ve gotten better waterfall photographs, on this trip as well as the one earlier this year in New Zealand. Finally I appended the picture to this post about the dramatic clouds, given that I took both photographs on the same drive through Spearfish Canyon.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2017 at 9:39 PM

  8. The bride’s veil looks as though she might have partied a little hard at the reception. On the other hand, the bottom two streamers could look remarkably like the discharge from a Tesla coil.

    The clouds are just magnificent. It really adds to the interest that you captured them forming in different ways.

    shoreacres

    July 29, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    • Well said: this isn’t the most pristine of bridal veils. Speaking of Tesla, we have friends who named their son Nikola in honor of that scientist.

      It was indeed the drama in the clouds, and two kinds of them at that, that made me so happy to come across this panel of sky and be able to record it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2017 at 9:42 PM

  9. Love the clouds … love the waterfall 😄

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    July 31, 2017 at 12:38 AM


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