Every vacation (I call mine photations) offers a multitude of photography opportunities including this one taken with my Nikon D60 at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota in 2011.  The presidents who live forever on in portrait at Mount Rushmore are pictured from left to right; George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).  Years before this picture was take, a photographer was able to get much closer to the monument, but there is now security and fences keeping us back The monument was sculpted by a Danish-American named Gutzon Borglum and finished by his son, Lincoln Borglum after Gutzon’s death.  Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the presidents heads while the entire memorialRead More →

This bus slowly maneuvered the passage along the Needles Highway in South Dakota and with breath-taking awe didn’t get stuck!  This area is famous for rock climbing on granite needle-like peak formations along the highway.   I count myself lucky to often be in the right place at the right time and this was no exception.  You may even notice that there are people standing on the granite ledges above the bus to the left and directly above. I was lucky enough to be on the ground on the approach.  Then mostly, bold enough to weave my way through several other onlookers and picture takers to get to theRead More →