Nebraska-Dakota 2014 Part 5

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Nebraska-Dakota 2014 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:54 am

The museum had models made by the sculptor.
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Lincoln.
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Another model shot.
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The original, portrait-oriented image is on the left, with a larger portion of itself on the right. I cheat a lot.
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I guess you’d call this the main entrance.
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More of the sculptor’s workshop items.
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Teenagers can be useful.
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Here they are with a little greenery.
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A squirrel, eating something, I guess.
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Time to say good-bye to Mount Rushmore.
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It is a new day (8/20/14), and we are approaching Devil’s Tower.
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And there it is!
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Post by Roanoker » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:56 pm

The Devil’s Tower is smirking.
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Driving to Devil’s Tower.
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Another prairie dog village.
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It must be safe to venture out.
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The rocks are red.
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A peek at the Tower.
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I shot this from our vehicle. You can almost see the Tower, hiding behind the trees.
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A Devilish path. I cloned in the top strip of this picture so as not to lose any detail through destructive cropping.
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Here is another way to retain detail. Or cheat.
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Just a Visitor Center sign. It is sometimes the only way I know where we were.
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A natural frame for the Tower.
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Birds like the Tower, for some reason.
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So do I.

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Re: Nebraska-Dakota 2014 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:40 am

Devil’s Tower is in Wyoming, so we did visit that state, too. Here’s a map of the trail around the big rock.
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The background was so busy, I blurred it. Now the flowers appear to pop out at you.
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Some folks believe the tower has spiritual benefit.
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We didn’t need a permit. Didn’t want to go there.
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My son is in the clouds.
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Just as majestic through tree branches.
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Big tree.
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Keep walking, and you can go all the way around this thing.
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We had to negotiate a few big boulders.
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Gotta stop and look up.
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Another view.
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Ditto.
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Post by Roanoker » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:12 pm

Just another visitor.
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Grabbed a shot as we walked around this thing.
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Trees provide nice framing.
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There is a tiny man in the bottom left corner.
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There were opportunities to learn more.
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Case in point.
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Backside.
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One of many sides.
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The background was so busy, you couldn’t see the nice flowers. So I blurred it.
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I like branches.
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I put a red circle around two climbers. For reasons I do not understand, I could hear them talking. Can you imagine climbing this thing?
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Another busy background. Another lens blur.
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Re: Nebraska-Dakota 2014 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:13 pm

You know how I like grass. This example is so colorful. Love it. It is a portrait-oriented image plopped into a larger portion of itself.
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Finding climbers on Devils Tower is kind of fun. These crazy people have to register prior to their ascent. So bodies can be found.
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I saw evidence of a forest fire. This portrait-oriented image is flanked on the right by a larger portion of itself. A tall tree masks the edge.
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Yet another portrait-oriented shot (in the middle) and another feeble attempt to hide its edges with portions of itself.
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I’ve got to stop taking portrait-oriented pictures. This one is in the center with another attempt to hide its edges within itself.
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This one was easier. Cropped a fuzzy flower thing and changed the background appearance with Photoshop Levels.
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Ho-hum. Portrait-orient image on the left. Larger portion of itself on the right. Edge masked with whatever tricks.
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Skinny, burned trees. Maybe the frame and filtered background make it halfway interesting.
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I spotted these people taking a picture of young boys. Thought it was cute. Angled camera to get everyone in. Rotated picture.
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Interesting flower things.
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Confused thistle.
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Staying on the path around Devils Tower.
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Re: Nebraska-Dakota 2014 Part 5

Post by Roanoker » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:53 pm

Big boulder at the bottom of Devil’s Tower. My son is there for scale. :)
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For those who wonder how those amazing squared-off columns formed, this sign may be interesting.
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More of same sign.
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A serious fire must have rolled over this terrain.
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This is one of those portrait-oriented images plopped in the middle of a smaller portion of itself, edges masked my my trickery. Notice my son between the trees on the path.
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Another portrait-oriented image in the middle…you know the drill. That black used-to-be-a-tree thing looks as if it is surrendering.
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The words in the bottom left say, “Today the National Park Service uses prescribed fire as a tool to promote a vigorous forest ecosystem."
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This may look like one of my doctored pictures, but it isn’t. Other than a crop on the left side, what you see is what my camera saw.
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Now this one is doctored. Portrait-oriented image in the middle of itself.
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The inevitable flowers.
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Seemed like an interesting photographic object at the time.
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This fuzzy thing will have to suffice as a flower.
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