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lakshmi
post May 30 2008, 02:51 AM
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Recently, I drove to South Dakota. This was my 3rd visit to this beautiful state. I went with my son to Rapid City, which is nestled in the Black Hills Area. It is named for the dark appearance given by the mountains' thick covering of pines.

The 1st photo is Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills. The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum chose this mountain for its granite face and with a team of 400 people, carved the faces of 4 presidents( George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) with perfection. Each face is 60 feet high.

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post May 30 2008, 03:26 AM
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QUOTE(lakshmi @ May 30 2008, 02:51 AM) *

Recently, I drove to South Dakota. This was my 3rd visit to this beautiful state. I went with my son to Rapid City, which is nestled in the Black Hills Area. It is named for the dark appearance given by the mountains' thick covering of pines.

The 1st photo is Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills. The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum chose this mountain for its granite face and with a team of 400 people, carved the faces of 4 presidents( George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) with perfection. Each face is 60 feet high.


Nice picture, Lakshmi.
Isn't Devil's Tower within driving distance too. It has been almost 10 years since I visited SD.
Please post more pictures.

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post May 30 2008, 09:00 PM
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Thanks Exon. Yes, the Devil's tower is 70 miles northwest of Rapid City in Wyoming.

Here is another photo. This one is Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse was a war Chief of Lakota Indians. He was stabbed to death during the battle of big horn. This non profit project began in 1947, when sculptor Korczak Ziolkowskiarrived in the Black Hills to accept the invitation of Lakota chief to carve Crazy Horse. The hair can fit all the 4 faces of the presidents from Mount Rushmore. The project is not funded by the federal Government. Volunteers contribute in everyway. Noone knows when this project will be completed since it depends on the weather and finance. The sculptor died in 1982 and the project is carried by his wife and children. When completed , this monument will be the tallest in the world.


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post May 30 2008, 09:01 PM
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next pic of Crazy Horse


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post May 30 2008, 09:15 PM
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Great pictures and stunning location. Would love to travel there some day. Thanks for posting these.
I am amazed how they have been carving crazy horse

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post May 31 2008, 05:28 PM
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Marcilo,

Thanks for your appreciation. I wish I was much younger. I have tons of enthusiasm for running around and taking photos.

The next one is in Kansas City, Missouri. It is amzing that we have so many beautiful spots right in our back yard, yet we don't notice them.

Here is a photo of Nelson Atkins museum in Kansas City. This is one of the best museums in US. The admission is always free. The collection of Asian paintings and sculptures are huge. There is an outdoor sculpture garden where one can view Henry Moore's collection. There are 6 shuttlecocks on the premises. The sculptors are Claes Oldenberg and Coosje Van Bruggen. These shuttlecocks are made out of Fibreglass.You are seeing 2 of them on the front lawn


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post May 31 2008, 05:37 PM
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Nice pictures and thanks for sharing them.

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post Jun 1 2008, 07:33 PM
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Sri,

Thanks for your nice words. I am an amateur photographer. I still haven't learnt the nuances of photography. I enjoy taking photos. Even the insignificant spots attract me.

I lived in New York City for 5 years, yet missed central park. 2 years ago, i went to New York City and walked through quarter of the park. I started at columbus circle , Avenue of Americas and went upto 75th street. I took many photos. I will upload a few as and when time permits.

Here are 2 photos.

The first one is a marble statue of Columbus on granite column. The three ships on the column represent the Nina, The Pinta and the Santa Maria

I am having problems with attaching the image.

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The next one is a globe at Trump Tower near Columbus Circle


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Thanks Lakshmi..for the amazing pics of Rushmore..Next time, I know certainly that i will visit it. For an Amateur, I found your photos to be clear and crisp. Well done ! smile.gif

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Thanks Venkat. I enjoy taking photos. The next picture of mine is a famous theatre on 48th street between 6th and 7th avenue in New York City. The theatre was built by the west coast producer, John Cort, The architect was Thomas Lamb and it was completed in i913. It is a must see for its beautiful facade.


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Is this from central park?

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post Jun 4 2008, 07:42 AM
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Yes Marcilo. That is at the entrance of Central Park from the south end.

The next photo was taken on our visit to Austria. We walked a lot in Salzburg. It was really fun. Just a street.


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This Russian orthodox cathedral of St.Alexander Nevasky is in Howell , New Jersey


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Yes Marcilo. That is at the entrance of Central Park from the south end

For some reason I never liked NYC. It reminded me of Delhi's chandani Chonk area. People all around, trash on roads, honking, I mean you name it.

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