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Overlooking Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake,
Custer State Park
the Black Hills of South Dakota

An image for our Thanksgiving Holiday ... Taken from the first day of my summer vacation ... we took our family and met my parents and brother at a cabin in the Black Hills ... one of my favorite places on Earth .. The day I shot this was the birthday of my mother and my older daughter ..

I got up and took an early morning walk around Sylvan Lake ..
Most images of this lake (such as the previous two I posted ... see my Black Hills Theme) .. are taken looking up at this stunning rock formation I resting upon in this image ..

In addition to this place the trail on the back side of Sylvan lake breaks off and ascends Harney Peak .. the highest point in the Black Hills.

To the Lakota (Sioux) the hills (or Paha Sapa) are a sacred place and Harney peak is the spiritual center ... The place of Black Elk's famous vision.

Information:

Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations
By Brad Olsen
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http://www.bbhc.org/pointsWest/PWArticle.cfm?ArticleID=72

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