Playing the Tourist

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

After yesterday's post from Badlands National Park, we remain in South Dakota, become tourists, and head to the state's most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Even though it was mid-September, the crowds were out in force. I can't imagine what it must be like in the middle of summer especially in the heat. The number of photos that were taken by tourists the few hours that we were there was mind boggling. It was hard to come up with anything original so I focused on a tight shot and tried to bring out the details in the heads in post-processing.

The memorial was the brainchild of a local historian who came up with the idea to promote tourism to the then remote area of South Dakota. The head sculptures themselves are carved in granite and measure 60-foot high.

As I write this, I wonder what these four great presidents would say about the craziness that is happening in Washington with the government shutdown. Certainly nothing favorable.