Cellpic Sunday – Little Bighorn National Monument

Custer’s Last Stand

Garryowen, Montana.

It had been over 30 years since we last visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. When we were last there, that fence that surrounds the hill upon which Custer and his company didn’t exist. The marker that indicates where Custer’s body was found is easily identifiable in black. On each marker, if the person was known, the name and company association is listed. In the case of the marker closest to the camera on the left, it simply reads U.S. Soldier, 7th Calvary.

In the thirty or so years since our last visit, much more emphasis was placed on the lives lost on both sides of the battle. A large section near this hill features a monument to the Native Americans who also died in that battle. Reddish brown markers identify the places where the native warrior bodies fell. A future Travel Tuesday will feature our visit to the battlefield that commemorates the battle in June of 1876.

About the photo: This cellpic is a two-image panorama created in Adobe Lightroom. From the top of the hill, a visitor has a commanding view of the battlefield and of the park, visitor center, and cemetery there. After cropping and basic tweaks, I sent the image to Luminar Neo for final processing. I noticed while processing these images, I had forgotten to put my Samsung S20U into 108 MP mode. The final panorama still had plenty of resolution at about 2K x 4K. As usual, I’ve reduced the final image to 2K resolution for a reasonably speedy display over the Internet. Click on the image above to view it on my Flickr page.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


    • It’s been many years since we first visited, and I felt the same degree of sadness for the losses this time as I did then.
      I admit, though, after seeing Gettysburg a couple of weeks ago, I continue to be amazed at the waste of lives.

  1. With all the TV shows centered around Montana these days, it’s interesting to note how much history the state has and the number of national parks there including this one (11). I love learning about the state that is now 2.5 hours away from where I live. Nice job on the panorama pic and a great history lesson, John. Looking at macros and close-ups this week on Sunday Stills: https://secondwindleisure.com/2022/09/18/sunday-stills-maxed-out-garden-macros-and-close-ups/

  2. Great information, AND observation/comparison after being there 30 years ago. My husband is reading more history on the Native Americans here in AZ as well. Interesting to hear their side as well for a change. Nice photo. I remember it along time ago too, as a field.

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