Precisely placed explosives carve the mountain like perforated paper. A typical blast produces 2000 to 3000 tons of rock debris. The blasted rock is crushed and removed with the help of heavy equipment, averageing 200 truck loads of debris per blast.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a sculpture in progress. In 1948 Chief Henry Standing Bear invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve a mountain to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of North American Indians. When completed The Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest sculpture in the world. His face alone is about 20 stories tall.
A spontaneous hike at Mount Rushmore proved to be enjoyable and challenging.
Sculptor John Borglum and 400 stone workers worked 14 years to complete the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to create the landmark Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.
We found the extraterrestrial-like terrain of the South Dakota Badlands intriguing and unforgettable.
Horizontal ridges emphasize the rough textured buttes, pinnacles and spires. Trees are few and far between.
Sometimes the Badlands critters were so well suited to their rugged environment that they were almost indistinguishable from it.
The Badlands landscape was ruggedly beautiful and awe inspiring.
Lois appears to be the braver of our team.
We thought a vacation to the Badlands of South Dakota would offer good photo opportunities. We became dizzy, however, as we sidled up to the edge of our butte to photograph a much braver photographer.