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Two henges

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I didn’t see it then and there, which was June 2nd in Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Now, back in Austin almost two months later, this ring of trees near boulders strikes me as Pinehenge. And maybe I’m a bit unhinged, but when it comes to the more contrasty view below from Mt. Rushmore three days earlier that also included pine trees and boulders, I’m inclined to call it Shadowscragglehenge.

Now surely, I thought to myself, that’s a unique name. And guess what? Google the Omniscient agrees:

Your search – Shadowscragglehenge – did not match any documents.


Make sure all words are spelled correctly.

Try different keywords.

Try more general keywords.

Hooray for uniquity!

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 30, 2017 at 5:02 AM

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  1. Copyright that word.

    Jim R

    July 30, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    • I thought of trademarking it. To do that I’d have to find a product to attach it to.

      By the way, Google still doesn’t find the term, so I guess this page hasn’t been indexed yet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2017 at 7:55 AM

  2. Perfect for a sequel to Lord of the Rings

    Robert Parker Teel

    July 30, 2017 at 9:06 AM

  3. Shadowscragglehenge- that is so funny! That second photo is full of contrasts and movement – it deserves a unique name!

    • Glad you got a sonrisita out of that unique name. It just popped into my receptively addled brain. The scene shown in the second picture was enticing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2017 at 2:36 PM

      • A background program runs full time when my eyes are open, and they break down each image almost instantly – and decides, ‘easy, challenging, etc., to draw or paint.
        Many times it’s not necessary to draw the image first, it’s already ‘done’ in my mind, so I go straight into painting. Some of your images, like a closeup of an iris, would be easy to paint, and then there are others — like the Shadowscragglehenge tangle of limbs and shadows, and oh my.. it would take a very long time to capture that, but it would be a rewarding study! A student would probably toss down the pencil in frustrated desperation!

        • It was that complexity of light and shadow and branching forms and boulders that drew my attention. It might well be hard for you to draw or paint that complexity, especially if you’re not present at the site to see things in three dimensions. You’re welcome to try from the photograph if you feel called to do so, but it may be too daunting to do second-hand.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 30, 2017 at 5:09 PM

  4. So amusing…and the first photo makes me think the boulder is being excluded from the pine circle. As for the second – you have to be congratulated for even trying to take a photo of all that complexity. and of course, you did a great job of it.


    July 30, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    • I hadn’t thought about the pine tree circle excluding the boulder. I don’t think it would fit in the circle unless we can fantasize at least some of the trees standing aside to let it in.

      It was all that complexity of shadows and forms that fascinated me and made me have to take some pictures of it. I’m not sure I’d ever seen anything quite like it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2017 at 7:01 PM

  5. Great names for those trees and their orientation. Great photos, too.


    July 30, 2017 at 7:46 PM

  6. You’ve been indexed! The entry’s online now, so anyone searching for “shadowscragglehenge” will find it. If someone does show up who claims to have been searching for the term, be careful. They might be unhenged.

    The first photo has a surprising delicacy. I saw the trees as a ring of dancers: wood(en) nymphs, if you will. With that in mind, perhaps the second photo shows less accomplished dancers — wood nymphs who didn’t make the cut.


    July 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    • So this post has been indexed: it turned up when I searched for Shadowscragglehenge just now on Yahoo! and Google, but not Bing, which remains unhenged.

      You’re good at fantasizing about wood(en) nymphs, those who made the cut and those who didn’t. Speaking of cut, it was the way the shadows and branches cut up the scene in the second photo that drew me to it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2017 at 10:59 PM

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