Weekly challenge: Close


I really couldn’t decide what to show you for this challenge, but then I remembered that a couple of years ago whilst on a trip to Yellowstone Park, we came upon this amazing 386m monolith situated in the Black Hills in northeastern Wyoming. It’s a national monument, called “Devil’s Tower.”

“What has this got to do with Close?” you might be asking. Well this site was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s 1977 awe-inspiring science fiction movie. “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind,” when it played a prominent role as an alien landing pad. This shot from the movie shows the government compound at the entrance to Devils Tower. This is actually the true entrance station to the monument, and you can even see the roof of the historic ranger station behind the cars and fencing.

(photo from Wymark -movie locations)

“Did you know that the oft used tagline, “We are not alone,” came from this movie poster.

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42 comments on “Weekly challenge: Close

  1. There’s a mountain with a very similar shape in Ayuittuq National Park here on Baffin Island. It was also in a movie… a James Bond one, but I can’t recall the name.

  2. Awesome, the minute I saw the top shot I wanted to start sculpting a plate of mashed potatoes. I never knew this was located in Yellowstone. Must see it now!

    • Hahaha, that’s funny, Ailsa. No, Devil’s Tower isn’t in Yellowstone. It’s about 412 miles or 7 hours drive away. We did an awful lot of driving on that trip. ;)

      • Wow, sounds like it. I’ve always wanted to do the all-American roadtrip thing, I see I shall have to make it a reality sometime soon. Must see Devil’s Tower now :) Really great post, ad :)

      • Thanks, Ailsa. It was a great trip, one of many American road trips we’ve done. I’m thinking I will post some of my memories and pics from it.

  3. I loved that film!
    The theme is quite a challenge this week and I’m looking for inspiration.
    You can have close…as in close to something
    Close as in close the door
    I’m still pondering!

    • Yes, you’re still a baby, TA. It was actually extremely cool there and raining too, so hubby had to get out of the car to take the pic so I didn’t get my hair wet. ;)

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