Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Friday, June 24, 2011

In South Dakota

We just returned from a road trip to Indiana and Nebraska. We were on the interstate highways a LOT. Now, one nice thing about interstate highways is the availability of rest areas. They vary from state to state, but offer an opportunity to stand up, walk around, and, if you're like me, take pictures! These shots were from one rest area in South Dakota. The frame of a concrete teepee...
This looks like it could have been set up as a sundial, too!
South Dakota is dry, but you do find trees!
I think the Indians used notches like you see here, but probably not bolts and wire!
6/26/11 Note: Spadoman (see his comment below) informs me that they didn"t use notches, but that the poles were tied together. Thanks for educating me!

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40 comments:

FjÀllripan said...

Your photos is very beautiful!
I like them all. :)

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Wonderful shots Dimple!
Great composition of the serie - coming closer and then looking up - love it!
Enjoy the weekend!

Kim, USA said...

This is pretty cool art. Could be sundial but what ever it is just amazing!

SWF

Ever Green Tree said...

The last pc is quite interesting! Great shots n hv a great weekend ahead.

VaishVijay said...

Great clouds and fantastic structure! The last pix is my choice, the angle in which you've framed the shot is fascinating:)

VioletSky said...

That is one cool teepee!
It could also make a neat firepit.
And I love the lonely tree, too.

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Linda Makiej said...

Terrific SOOC shot!!!! Have a happy Sunday!

momgen said...

Just beautiful shot...Happy SOOC Sunday.

Mine is here

Genie said...

WOW!!! This series is awesome. The blue sky and all of the different shots from different perspectives of the tepee are fabulous. I am sure you were stunned when you saw your images on the screen. They are too beautiful for words. My favorite is the one you took looking up towers the sky. Kudos! Genie

todayithink said...

Amazing. You have a great eye for form. If I ever get a camera I want lessons from you!

EG Wow said...

I like those shadows, Dimple!

Ralph said...

I'd imagine that the natives didn't use reinforced cast concrete as well...

The teepee frame in the rest area gas that look of permanence, built to last and such interesting style, too. I imagine that when seeing this on the interstate, a bathroom break would be in order...

edenhills said...

Great series of shots! That is quite the amazing structure.

Teresa

Emille said...

The last two shots are intriquing to me, Dimple!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Fantastic perspective, I love them all. Well captured.

Francisca said...

There's a lot to like about this entire series. That teepee frame sculpture is sure photogenic... or rather your view of it. I especially like the composition of the second photo with the big sky and teepee top shadow. Well done!

ilanadavita said...

Wonderful series. Your photos evoke the old movies while containing a more modern touch.

ilanadavita said...

Wonderful series. Your photos evoke the old movies while containing a more modern touch.

Robin said...

I love the photos inside the teepee looking up! I like that the rest stop has it and isn't just another generic concrete box along a generic concrete (asphalt?) highway.

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Xanne said...

the photos are very beautiful :)

Spadoman said...

I know these rest areas well. I get to South Dakota often. I like the fact that South Dakota honors its heritage of the Native American people. Although there are complaints as to how people are treated on reservation lands.
Native teepees that I have seen and helped set up were not notched. They were tied in a bundle at the top and leaned against one another. The taller the pole, the wider thew teepee at the bottom.
Great shadow shots. I'm always jealous when I hear folks are traveling. Now tyou've created even more wanderlust in me. Time for a motorcycle trip.

Peace

Tina said...

Amazing shots! LG Tina

Leora said...

And even better - I love the blues of the bottom photo!

Jan n Jer said...

That blue sky in the background makes for beautiful dramatic shots. You have a good eye!
I hear you on the rest stops...when we travel south for the winter we appreciate the many rest stops along interstate 95

La Principessa Errante said...

Lovely shot of the center of our country, thank you

Joan said...

These are great shots!
You can see for miles out there, and the blue, blue sky. Beautiful.

Kelly said...

What a clever shot! It really made some interesting shadows.

Angela said...

Great photos and I love the perspective on that last one!

Fotobloggen 2011 said...

I like the way you show it from different angles and croppings.
great shadows and the last one with only the sky as background is perfect

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Wow, what fantastic lines, shadows and perspectives that teepee affords! I love all of them, but especially the one with the tree in the distance, and the one looking up through the hole in the top. Fantastic.

Ms. Becky said...

your photos are incredible, and w/o fail, make me smile.

Jeanette said...

Love your pictures, they are Great! I especially like the one looking up through the tee pee. Thanks for sharing.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of an interesting structure. The last shot is marvelous!

James said...

I love these shots! The clouds add to the beauty.

Mama Pajama said...

oh, I just LOVE South Dakota! and I really like the shots from inside the structure shooting up towards the brilliant sky - nice job!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I think I may have been to that rest stop, Louise. Haha~! Small world? Whereabouts in Nebraska? Did you run into any flooded roads?

Thanks for linking up to YSB today. I appreciate you being there!

Barbara said...

Very interesting. The third one is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

Andrea said...

that last photo is wonderful

Lou Belcher said...

Nice combination of geometry and nature. Beautiful

Lou