We came. We saw. We took some pictures.
This was a one weekend trip. Planned and executed in about two weeks.
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Albeit from opposite the view from the Visitor Center
This is a scale model of the Crazy Horse Memorial. Just guessing, this is about eight feet tall, and the portion visible here is, maybe, six feet.
This was extracted from its original, kind of cluttered background using #TopazRemask .
A Long Time In The Making
It was 1949 when construction began on this memorial to the Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. The work is financed entirely by private funds. No government funds will be accepted.
The work so far was begun by the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski who was invited by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear and other Native American Elders to carve the mountain into the memorial. Ziolkowski's family has carried on the work since his death.
It appears that our visit missed a dynamite blast by just three days. That would have been something to see.
*The Memorial is owned and operated by a non-profit foundation with the goal of not only completing the sculpting of the mountain, but the establishment of a Native American education complex and medical training center for Native Americans. More information is available here: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/about-us/
Our visit seems to have missed a dynamite blast by just three days.
This iPhone photo is an example of why you don't want to leave your main camera with its 36-200 zoom lens sitting on a chair in your living room when rushing out the door for a, possibly, once-in-a-lifetime visit to an historical area. Oh well. next time. Minimal processing done in #Lightroom5
Mount Rushmore From The Side
After leaving Mount Rushmore on our way to the Crazy Horse Memorial, there is a spot along the highway where you can pull over to view George Washington's head in profile. It's impressive enough that a stop really is warranted, but you're done in about 15 or 10 minutes.
iPhone 4 photo, adjustments in #Lightroom5 only.
George, Tom, Ted and Abe
To be remembered for a legacy- especially a positive one- is the desire of most of us, if we think about it. There have been a few who relished their evil so much as to wish a legacy of destruction, but that's mostly reserved for the movies and comic books. These four each gave us something worth preserving in their own times and ours- and for our posterity.
Not too early, mind you.
This is what you see when you step out of the walkway leading from the parking lot. There are many "unofficial" views of the Memorial visible from the highway and other roads winding through this area the Black Hills. As stunning as those views may be, with few exceptions, you really have to stroll up this walkway to the main viewing area where you can see- relatively speaking- up close.
This is an iPhone photo with minimal treatment in #Lightroom5.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
That title is not a typo. From the tour bus parking lot to the grand walkway to the main viewing area of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is this granite walkway that gently curves away as one enters. We were there in the morning, maybe 9:30 or so, and the sun was brightly illuminating everything facing east.
We beat the crowds by several months. "Who goes to South Dakota in December??" people said, when we announced plans a couple of weeks before. The temperature in Rapid City was about 8 degrees below zero (Farenheit) when our reservations were made. Two weeks later, it was actually quite pleasant- in the 40s and 50s in the daytime, even at higher altitudes.
This photo was processed thusly: Straightened and perspective corrected in #Lightroom5 then sent to #PhotoshopCC2014 where it was run through #NIKSharpener (output for display) and #NIKSilverEfexPro2 for the b/w treatment. Original was from my iPhone 4.