Spring Blossoms on the Potomac

21st Century Digital #17 | Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith |

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. 2007. April 2.

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010630035/. (Accessed March 03, 2017.)

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21st Century Digital, destinations, landscape, photography, places, river, sky, town or city, Washington D.C.

Devils Tower

America’s First National Monument

This was our second visit to Devils Tower. Our first was an abbreviated, quick visit-and-get back-on-the-road side trip on our way home from a western vacation. On this 2007 visit, we stayed 3 nights at the Devils Tower KOA campground, just outside the entrance station to the monument. One of the trails that we took was a trail that goes all the way around the base of Devils Tower.

Devils Tower is a sacred site to many American Indian tribes. All along the trail could be seen Indian prayer offerings (bundles and cloths). The other trail we took was a full moon hike with a park ranger. I did have a couple of good images that turned out from that night, but they were from after we got back to the camper. One of them is the last image of the video slide show at the beginning of this post. Photos (from top to bottom):

  1. Prayer bundle in the forest at the base of Devils Tower
  2. A scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind in one of the prefab buildings on the military base set up at the entrance station.
  3. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), and Larry Butler (Josef Sommer) run towards Devils Tower, Close Encounters of the Third Kind scene right at the entrance station to the monument.
  4. Devils Tower National Monument entrance station.

It’s interesting, now, how familiar much of the scenery in the movie is now, including some of the scenery outside the park.  The area where the military encampment is shown to be in the movie is now the site of several better than average touristy type shops.

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From Wikipedia:

Devils Tower (Lakota: Mato Tipila, which means “Bear Lodge”) is a monolithic igneous intrusion or volcanic neck located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet (1,558 m) above sea level.


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critters, hiking, landscape, parks, photography, stream, travel, video, Wyoming

Groceries, Meats, and Feed

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign #12

J. G. Rees & Sons, Groceries, Meats, and Feed, Topeka, Kansas.

J. G. Rees & Sons, Groceries, Meats, and Feed, Topeka, Kansas.

Grocery store specializing in feed and seed. Topeka, Kansas. 1938. Oct. Photograph retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1997003677/PP/. (Accessed April 03, 2017.)

Vachon, John, photographer.

Call Number: LC-USF33- 001241-M2 [P&P]

Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

See my Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign video on YouTube!

Note – This image has been digitally adjusted for one or more of the following:
– fade correction,
– color, contrast, and/or saturation enhancement
– selected spot and/or scratch removal
– cropped for composition and/or to accentuate subject matter
– straighten image

Kansas, photography, Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign, town or city, vintage image

Monument Valley

21st Century Digital #16

Monument Valley View, Arizona. 2009. May 4.

Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border (around 36°59′N 110°6′WCoordinates: 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.” (Wikipedia)

Medium: 1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.

Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010630002/. (Accessed March 02, 2017.)

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21st Century Digital, Arizona, desert, history, landscape, parks, photography, places, sky

Deadwood, South Dakota, and Spearfish Highway

Back in 2007, the day we decided to visit Deadwood, South Dakota, turned out to be during the “Kool Deadwood Nights” festival. 2007 08 26 235ed We had no idea that there was anything special going on until we got there. When we had trouble finding a place to park, we almost decided to head on down the road to see other places and sights. Deadwood’s Main Street was filled with the chairs of people who were planning to attend the night’s entertainment. We have no idea who was performing that night and we were not prepared to stay that late.

Kool Deadwood Nights: Car lovers come together for four days full of classic cars, classic music and classic fun. It’s a 50’s and 60’s sock hop—Deadwood style. Enjoy parades, show and shines and FREE concerts on Main Street featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll history.1

Deadwood, named for dead trees found there when it was established, was illegally settled in the 1870s in territory granted to native tribes in the 1868 Treaty of Laramie. An expedition led by George Armstrong Custer in 1874 announce the discovery of gold in the Black Hills. The news, of course, triggered a gold rush, and gave rise to the lawless town of Deadwood. imageThe town’s early history forms the basis for the storyline of the HBO TV series named Deadwood.


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1 Deadwood Chamber of Commerce.

history, holidays, mountains, photography, South Dakota, town or city, travel, video
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