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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

Needles

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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

The Black Hills of South Dakota

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On June 2nd I took this picture from well up on the slope of a mountain (was it Mount Coolidge?) in Custer State Park, which lies in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In addition to looking outward and far away, I looked downward and close, where I found pastel-colored rocks and lichens, brown pine needles and cones, and an entrance to an ant nest.

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July 5, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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