Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Bison and the Lakota

 [Bison, a big bull, left, and a cow. Rutting is starting. Custer State Park, SD, July 29, 2015. Click to enlarge photos.]

[The modern white man's view.]

[Crazy Horse Memorial, SD, July 29, 2015.  Breathtaking.  On private land, with private (non-federal, non-state) funds. When completed, it will be the world's largest sculpture.  The four presidential heads at Rushmore would fit where Crazy Horse's head is. The completed sculpture will show Crazy Horse mounted on his horse, pointing as if to say, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” This photo was taken from approximately one mile away with 420mm worth of lens, uncropped. Note the people at the right side of the photo for scale. When I first visited Mount Rushmore ten years ago, it had a surprising impact on me (in part because Teddy Roosevelt, my hero, is one of the four presidents on the mountain.) Crazy Horse Memorial impacted me perhaps even more.]

[What the memorial will ultimately look like.]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Vision Quest, Part One

[Prairie grasslands north of Belle Fourche, SD, July 27, 2015.]


[Metaphorical haystack, somewhere on the South Dakota/Montana border where there sure as hell is no cell phone coverage....]

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Children

[Orca, Kenai Fjords, AK, June 8, 2011.]

“Collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World."
- Carol Black

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Talons Down

[Great Black-backed Gull and Osprey escort young Bald Eagle, near Ocean City, NJ, July 20, 2015. Click to enlarge.]

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Advice From a Parent

"The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
- George S Patton