Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So That is Where You Go~

Every late autumn, early winter, they arrive and I always watch for them.  Dark-eyed Juncos.  I miss them once they leave us and while in South Dakota, there they were.  Lovely little Juncos everywhere, and soon they shall travel great distances back to Tingsgrove, looking forward to feeding these fine feathered friends too~

Iron Mountain Road is one of the neatest finds that we made on our recent journey, having taken a wrong turn, getting over to Custer State Park.  There were a few of these neat tunnels and through one of them, you could view Mt. Rushmore in the distance~

There it was Mt. Rushmore.  This was my second time to visit it and the fourth time to be in South Dakota, land that I really enjoy~

Meaka pup-cub, posing under Mt. Rushmore...;)~

Meaka enjoyed her friends the Mule Deer, nearly as much as the Elk and the other wildlife.  She actually doggie cried when we pulled away from them...her friends~

This year, we did not see to many Pronghorn close up, for most of them were in pastures way out along the highways~

Meaka wanted to bring the little gray burro home with us...what a sweet face and so calm this one~

Custer State Park keeps the herd down to about 1,200 bison/buffalo.   They are such remarkable creatures, awesome to view close up.  That little calf was really a cheerful one, for after it finished nursing, it would take off prancing and bucking, so happy with it's life.   Hoping that you all are as well...have a happy day, wherever you are~


  1. Fantastic. The Deer, donkeys and the Bison and Meaka, they are priceless.

  2. Mt. Rushmore is still such an amazing thing to see. and i LOVED the bison shots!

  3. Love the mosaics - looks like you had a lot of great wildlife sightings - fun! I spent a summer in the Black HIlls in high school building trails, so I'm still a little attached to that area. Thanks for taking me back :)

  4. What a wonderful trip you are having. The bison herd is an amazing sight. I have only seen one in Canada but they were in their moult and looking really scruffy.
    The European bison I saw in Latvia were much smaller and almost extinct.
    Love the little junco and can empathise with your feelings about them. I feel the same way about oir red-cap robins that are seasonal here.

    Happy days . . .

  5. Very nice captures, Mary. I specially liked the tunnel ones and flower carpet. :)
    I too recently went to a place with a carpet of flowers.

  6. Such stunning shots! Amazing.

  7. We really did just miss each other. Love all your shots! We only saw one pronghorn while we were there. It is a beautiful place. Looks like you are having a great trip.

  8. What a wonderful post! The Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Rapid City are the perfect Road Trip destination for any family or adventure seeker. If you are ever looking for ideas for your next getaway go to


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