Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Mount Rushmore, USA
Mount Rushmore, USA

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge Theme is “Masterpiece”.   While vacationing last week in the Teton and Yellowstone region of the US (Wyoming), we had to travel through the Great Plains State of South Dakota, which is the location of the masterpiece I decided to use for the subject matter.  That masterpiece is Mount Rushmore.  I’m 47 years old and have lived my entire life in the midwest of the US and have never visited this amazing wonder of the world until now.  Mount Rushmore is a massive creation where the faces of four American Presidents have been blasted, chiseled, and painstakingly brushed from the granite of a mountain.  The four presidents are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.  The project began in 1927 and ended in 1941.  Something I did not know prior to visiting and absorbing the information at the mountain is that the carving has never been completed according to the original design.  In 1941, the US was in the midst of World War 2 and funds were exhausted in support of the war efforts.  While the facial features are complete, there was meant to be more details carved below the necks of each presidential figure.  I enjoyed spending a few hours at the memorial.  There is a boardwalk that has been constructed that leads you right up to the base of the carving, where you can see all the boulders that were deposited at the bottom of the mountain during the blasting process.  I enjoyed photographing the features from every possible angle.  Enjoy my viewpoints of Mount Rushmore, truly a world-renowned masterpiece.

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Excellent choice and great shots. Sadly this is one thing I doubt I will ever get to. It is just SO far from anywhere!!

    1. webcentrick says:

      Thank you. Yes, that is probably why it’s taken me 47 years and it was on the way to my final destination.

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