Wednesday, October 7, 2009


My mother has an English painter friend whose advice in walking the streets of the great cities is, "Look up." You look up to see the architectural details of the buildings you glide by. It's a good idea, because in London or Paris the McDonald's you ignore may be just the first floor of an 19th Century mansion.

The same can be said for the Black Hills. While walking through the woods or up the mountain it is easy to stay focused just on the next step. You may pause and see the trees and look at nature. But it behooves you to look up. For one of the beauties of the Black Hills are the clouds. The clouds in the Black Hills create stunning pictures. It may be the interplay between the hills and the mountains, but everyday the clouds put on a gorgeous display.

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