Her name is Dignity. The Native American woman stands some 50-feet (15 m) tall. Sculpted of stainless steel, “Dignity represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota culture in South Dakota,” according to artist Dale Lamphere who used three models of Lakota Native Americans to create the face. If you travel via I-90 through South Dakota, you’ll see Dignity high on a bluff between exits 263 and 265. At her back is the mighty Missouri River, the longest river in North America. Continue reading
A chance view through my telephoto lens at a couple of spires in the distance introduced me to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Last week, I featured a photo story of Falls Park. At the top of the observation tower, there is a view of downtown Sioux Falls. Though the spires I saw looked to be a long distance from the observation tower where I first saw them, a volunteer at the Falls Park Information Center provided a map and pointed out that the drive would last but a few minutes through downtown. The history of missions and churches is truly the history of mankind. Continue reading
In late September, a family wedding brought us to a small town in South Dakota for the celebration. We arrived a day early and had some time to explore. Just a short drive from the wedding site, the largest city in South Dakota invited us to spend a morning. The city of around 175,000 population has a history with me. Many years ago, while attending college in a nearby Minnesota town, Sioux Falls became a destination for weekend activities. Continue reading
Last weekend found us in Brandon, South Dakota for a family wedding. The wedding was held late Saturday afternoon so we spent some free time in the morning exploring Sioux Falls. Our first stop that morning was only a 12 minute drive from our hotel in Brandon. Falls Park is a short walk from downtown, covers 123 acres and features the city’s namesake the falls on the Big Sioux River. The falls drop some 100 feet (30 m) over several cascades. Continue reading
Last week, two air crews from North Dakota Wing Civil Air Patrol spent some time in Houston working on an assignment from FEMA. I was the pilot for one of those air crews. We were doing aerial survey work tracking the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey disaster. In a future Journeys With Johnbo, I will share some of my experiences on that journey. Continue reading
Keystone, South Dakota.
What’s so special about that tunnel in the opening photo that would cause a perfectly normal person to stand in the roadway to take a photo (and for someone to stand behind her to take another photo?) Look closely inside the tunnel. Here, I’ll help you. Check the photo below using my zoom lens. Continue reading
Keystone, South Dakota.
On this week’s Travel Tuesday, our journey took us to the Mountain of the Presidents, Mount Rushmore. Even though I brought my “good camera”, I know I need posts for Cellpic Sunday. I usually grab a shot or two using my cellphone to feature here. Did you know how long George Washington’s face is? Continue reading