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Crazy Horse

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When we visited the far-from-ever-being-completed memorial to Crazy Horse in South Dakota’s Black Hills on June 2nd, the dramatic clouds caught my attention as much as anything else, and probably even more. The “opening quotation mark” above the blue hole in the clouds is curious, isn’t it?

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 9, 2017 at 5:07 AM

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  1. My suspicion is that you’ve captured a fallstreak, or punch hole cloud. The “quotation mark” might well be the remnants of the ice crystal “fall.” I’ve seen only two of these: one in Texas, in 2009, and one in Illinois in 2011. I’ve been hoping to see another ever since. Lucky you, to find one.


    September 9, 2017 at 5:42 AM

  2. Nice shot. Lots of drama.

    Jim R

    September 9, 2017 at 6:08 AM

  3. Wow, an interesting perspective. I love the thick clouds. Crazy Horse looks like he is appearing out of a cave. So nice to see him away from humans and vehicles below.


    September 9, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    • At popular tourist places it can be hard to find a perspective free of people and their things. I was certainly pleased to find a place to take this view of the dramatic clouds and Crazy Horse at the same time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 9, 2017 at 11:00 PM

  4. Wow! What a powerful photograph! Well done!


    September 9, 2017 at 7:53 AM

  5. Wonderful, Steve, clouds. Compelling.


    September 9, 2017 at 8:07 AM

  6. Quite a fantastic capture, Steve!
    Have a wonderful weekend,


    September 9, 2017 at 8:28 AM

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Steve!

    Mind Margins

    September 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

  8. Definitely a lot of drama in the sky!!


    September 9, 2017 at 11:22 AM

  9. Phemomenal


    September 9, 2017 at 7:43 PM

  10. Yes, it’s curious and beautiful. I like to watch the clouds on their paths in the sky.


    September 10, 2017 at 1:24 AM

  11. What an amazing cloud formation!! Beautiful.

    Kathrin — http://mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com


    September 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM

  12. Those clouds are awesome!!


    September 10, 2017 at 8:40 PM

  13. Maybe the opening quotation mark is waiting for something like this “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” (Crazy Horse) to be writ large across the sky.


    September 11, 2017 at 5:38 AM

  14. It is a lot farther along than when I saw it last. I like it better, I think, than how it is planned to look at completion. And those clouds! They really contribute to the feel.


    September 11, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    • Too bad the clouds can’t be incorporated into the design. The project began in the late 1940s, so I can understand how you’d notice a change if you haven’t seen it for a long time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 11, 2017 at 10:23 PM

  15. Splendid capture!


    September 11, 2017 at 10:19 PM

  16. Weird and beautiful – one of the things I love about skies is that you can’t keep them. Two minutes later this would have been quite different.

    anna warren portfolio

    September 12, 2017 at 6:23 AM

  17. Just spotted your quotation mark .. most unusual. That is a stunning shot Steve … wow


    September 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

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