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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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September 9, 2017 at 5:07 AM

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!

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July 30, 2017 at 5:02 AM

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?

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July 28, 2017 at 4:51 AM

A closer look at a Rocky Mountain iris

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In the last post you saw a large colony of Rocky Mountain irises (Iris missouriensis) in northern New Mexico. The first time I encountered the species was on June 30th, when I found a smaller and less dense group of these irises in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The one shown here was in the process of opening.

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July 16, 2017 at 5:01 AM

Another unconventional view of a national monument

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On the morning of May 30th, two days before bedeviling Devil’s Tower, we’d rushed to Mt. Rushmore, where along with more-conventional pictures I took this one looking up at a portion of the famous monument from a cleft between boulders.

But this is a nature photography blog, so here, likewise from Mt. Rushmore, is the different yet somehow similar white of a truncated trunk sculpted by nature rather than people.

Standing Tree Trunk Remains White and Broken 2538B

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July 13, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Bison wander freely

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Bison wander freely in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, especially through land along the Wildlife Loop Road. On June 2nd I stared at this animal that zoologists have redundantly named Bison bison. Handsome handsome though it was, I can’t say that it was a bison without peer, because it did peer periodically back at me. (In case you’re wondering, the other extant species in the genus is Bison bonasus.)

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July 7, 2017 at 5:05 AM


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These and other pointy rock formations have led to a name for a portion of South Dakota Route 87 in the Black Hills: the Needles Highway. We threaded our way through (okay, past) the needles on May 30th. And speaking of that, here’s the geological formation called the Needle’s Eye:

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July 6, 2017 at 4:47 AM

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