Tradition

I have a long standing tradition of having my picture taken with wooden American Indian sculptures, sometimes referred to as "cigar-store Indians".  For some reason, in the Old West, they were always situated outside tobacco stores. This "fetish" of mine started on my honeymoon in the late 60's.  We were in Deadwood, SD and my … Continue reading Tradition

Old Friends

I have an old friend who now lives in South Dakota; we met the other day after a long span of texts, e-mails and an occasional phone call.  Like an old sweater with thread-bare elbows, our relationship was showing signs of wear and tear ... but still comfortable.  It was great to catch up, and … Continue reading Old Friends

Digital Magic

My ten year old granddaughter was practicing her gymnastics on the dock of our lake in Nebraska on the July 4th weekend.  That was three years ago. The sunset is a scanned copy of a 1968 photo of a sunset on the Oahe Reservoir near Pierre, SD.  I made a composite of the two digital … Continue reading Digital Magic

Whiteclay, Nebraska

A sad story, Whiteclay.  The northern city limits of Whiteclay, NE is the state line between Nebraska and South Dakota.  The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on the SD side, abuts Whiteclay's northern city limits.  Alcohol consumption and possession is prohibited on the reservation. The 2010 census lists Whiteclay's population at 14.  There are 4 liquor … Continue reading Whiteclay, Nebraska

Follow the Leader

This image reminded me of simpler times, when you played all day and into the night, with few worries.  But, this image is a "fabrication", a composite of six different photos merged to create a visual image of distant memories.  The sky was taken 45 years ago in South Dakota.  The dead tree is from … Continue reading Follow the Leader

Future Paparazzi

I was at Mount Rushmore last summer when I noticed this young photographer snapping pictures.  I asked him what he was shooting.  (That's photographer jargon for either what equipment are you using or what is your subject.)   "The Men!", he exclaimed, pointing to the four faces carved in the mountain.   He looked to be less than 3 … Continue reading Future Paparazzi

Black Hills, South Dakota

Altogether, I was in the Black Hils area for a week, five days with the fam and two days visiting our friends, Chuck and Karen, who now live in South Dakota.  Chuck and Karen took us along the Needles Highway through Black Hills State Park. It was such a pretty stop, we had our picture … Continue reading Black Hills, South Dakota