Fall colors in the Champlain Valley of New York mean the gorgeous queens of the forest, the sugar maples, and their attendant bridesmaids, the oaks and birches. Nostalgia for that scenery of childhood is strong, we don't see that in the Black Hills, but my cotoneaster hedge does try to imitate the regal ladies of the eastern woodlands for me.
The little goslings from my first blog post ever, have grown up and have turned from balls of fuzz to powerful flyers. Branta Canadensis, in large numbers, spend the winter on Canyon Lake in the company of assorted ducks and wintering Bald Eagles.
Craft stores sell those fancy "sugared" looking fruits like pears and apples for Christmas decorations.
Ma Nature, as always, thought of it first. Freezing rain and sleet will crystalize on a frozen pumpkin and create the same object d'art. Alas, it lasted only a day, all three pumpkins are now helping to fuel a yearling white-tail buck. He had the cheek to step up on the front porch and help himself to a hearty and sweet meal.
for "cows in the road" or "open range", because there isn't a Guernsey cow within miles of here. The young'un below is pure Angus, never been in a barn or a milking parlor. You notice these oddities when you marry into a family who raised registered Holsteins!
Sunday, daughter Rachel and I spent a snowy afternoon at He Sapa Wacipi, the Black Hills Pow Wow, an annual 3 day celebration of our Native American culture in South Dakota. It is truly an amazing experience, the color, pagentry, drumming and singing is both riveting and uplifting, the fine arts exhibit is beautiful. I wish I had had the big camera with the long lens, there are so many details to take in the little digital just can't reach. The dancers' regalia are works of art, the dignity of the elders and the exuberance of the littlest dancers captivate the imagination. Share the experience over the next few days, from a few snapshots of what we saw in the arena. This is the arena floor with the movement of the first Intertribal dance.
Yesterday our entire school got to attend a NASA day long celebration of space and space exploration. Hands-on activities and displays were scattered all over the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for kids to experience. Our favorites were probably the portable planetarium, photos from the Hubble Space telescope, the paper airplane contest and the simulation of the Mars Rover vehicles. Did you know there is a "Golden Arches" on the surface of Mars???
Thanks to the sponsorship of NASA, the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, the Journey Museum and the School of Mines, our kids explored a universe they didn't know much about. Love the logo from the back of Tyler's t-shirt (we all got one)...our South Dakota coyote singing to the stars.
The woodbine climbs the chimney all the way to the roof, passing by Rachel's window on the way. In the middle of summer it shades the window and lends green, underwatery sort of light to her room all day. By October, the morning has a rosy glow, sadly, not appreciated by our NiteOwl.