|Needles in Custer State Park, South Dakota
In planning trips in US, I use the National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks, and State Parks. This is how I found the Custer State Park,
SD. It's picture of Cathedral Spires made me think of Huang Shan, the most picturesque mountain in China. Its proximity to Badland and Wind
Cave National Parks and Mt. Rushmore Natational Memorial and Jewel Cave National Monument made them part of the trip to Yellowstone and
Grand Teton Nat. Parks.
The Custer State Park is located in the Black Hills, a geologic wonder of limestone caves, dark forests and craggy mountains. It is also the sacred
land of the Lakota Indians. The "Black" hills, describes the dark color of the ponderosa pine, which dominate the hills flora.
The northern part is the steep craggy granite outcroppings in the midst of ponderosa pine. The southern part is famous for the bison herds and
This page shows pictures taken in the morning and in the dusk of the following day.
Sylvan Lake is the first stop from the
Lots of small fish in the Sylvan Lake.
Around Eye of the Needle.
Craggy granite on the Needles Highway.
The Eye of Needle is the next stop, a road passes
through the "Needles", the vertical column of
various shape test the imagination.
Eye of Needle in Morning
Same rock in the afternoon. A second
EYE in the big eye.
A whale stood up?
What an impressive length of hair and a beautiful display
Needles is a popular mountain climbing spot. Many climbers come with their partners
and/or coach. The coach put rope through a pre-anchored Tap, from a less steep
route. Below middle top is a half-moon shaped Tap.
This would expand after inserted into -->
the crevice and spring lock released. It
will anchor into the crevice, making it an
important tool for climbing.
Eastern part of Cathedral Spires.
A leaning Spire ---->
Below is a sweet birch, a male tree blooming.
Below is Showy Goldenrod, grown in front of rock with green, orange,brown
and black lichen grown over it.
To the west of the Cathedral Spires is Little Devil's Tower.
Cathedral Spires in setting sun.
The west end of the Cathedral Spires, two columns inspired my imagination of Chinese folklore figures. Second to the west is Longivity star, with his
staff next to his right ear南極壽星. The west major figure, with her back facing us is Mercy Goddess 觀音菩薩. Standing to her right, the west
most of spires is the Good fortune Youth善財童子.