Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fall Foilage

Next week the cold will be upon us and soon all the leaves will be gone. But, before they are gone, here are a few photos taken around Rapid City over the last few weeks. 
The camera on my cell phone is not very good so I was pleasantly surprised that these first two turned out as well as they did as they were taken with my cell phone.




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn on the Prairie

The greens of summer are almost all gone now. They have been replaced by tan, yellow, gold and orange. Occasionally a bit of red even pops into the trees, but mostly across I-90 in South Dakota the prairie grass and trees turn gold and orange. 

Although, when the sun hits the grass just right it does have a red hue as in this next photo taken not long after sunrise.




Autumn is my favorite season even though we don't get all the rich colors of Autumn. What is Autumn like where you live?

Linking up with Unknown Mami for Sunday In My City. I hope you will join the virtual travel and add your own area to the destination links.
Unknown Mami

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Maize Thing

I am pretty sure that when one thinks of a palace they imagine some formidable structure built with precious minerals and gems and not of brick, mortar and maize. Yes, I said maize as in corn.

Here in South Dakota though, corn is such a big part of life that we actually have a palace dedicated to the richness of the harvest and decorated with corn. The Corn Palace has been around since the late 1800's and boasts elaborately detailed murals all made from corn and grains. 
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On my last trip to the eastern part of the state I took a short detour into Mitchell to check out this years murals. Unfortunately it looked like they had just begun to change the murals. The street was fenced off to prevent traffic in front of the palace, but people were still allowed to go inside and even come out into the construction area.


This sign in one of the mural spots caught my attention. Wondering what the 'Next Generation Corn Palace' would mean I checked out the description on their website.


Hopefully I will get to stop in next week and see how the work is going on this years murals and capture some fun shots to share. Until then I come across this Pintrest Board that has a good amount of Corn Palace photos.

Across the street from the Corn Palace is a really cool building that looks like a castle. This use to be a Doll Museum. 
Now it is Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle Center and houses a bible land tour/walk through, biblical artifacts, spiritual literature and services as well as a gift shop and convenience store. 
I hope you have enjoyed your virtual visit and will stop by again.
Happy Travels!
Unknown Mami