WPC: Masterpieces, man-made and natural.


The photo challenge this week brought to mind the thrill I felt when I first saw the majestic beauty of this man-made masterpiece carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. I just couldn’t imagine how someone could conceive of such a fantastic project. The sculptures are 60 feet high, and the entire memorial covers 5.17 kmΒ². The construction of this masterpiece commenced in 1927, and was completed in October 1941 at a cost of $989,992.

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Just imagine how David Livingstone must have felt when in November 1855, he suddenlyΒ  found himself face to face with this masterpiece of nature, which he named Victoria Falls, in honour of Queen Victoria. The indigenous name ‘Mosi-oa-Tuny’, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, continues in common usage as well, and in this photo you can see why it was so named. This colossal waterfall is the world’s largest sheet of falling water, being twice the height of Niagara falls, and twice the width of Horseshoe Falls.

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64 comments on “WPC: Masterpieces, man-made and natural.

  1. Beautiful photos, both of them !! And i really appreciate your informative text . I wish that i sometime could travel to the US, its so much there that i want to see .. // Maria πŸ™‚

  2. How goes the travelling, Ad? Shame we couldn’t have met up but the timing doesn’t always work out. Are you back to the States this weekend? The weather’s about to change. πŸ™‚

    • We go down to Cornwall tomorrow for five days. we were supposed to leave on Tuesday, but hubby got a horrid stomach virus. We are going with MiL on a Rhine cruise on the 17th, and only go back to Florida at the end of the month. πŸ™‚

  3. I wonder how much more it would cost to sculpt in today’s economic climate but there again Health & Safety legislation would probably prevent anyone from attempting something like that again

  4. Two grand masterpieces that I have yet to see.
    My son has been to Mt. Rushmore on a road trip with his grandfather & two uncles!

  5. True wonders, indeed.
    For some odd reason I have in memory the name of that sculptor – Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. Perhaps because it is such a strange one!

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