Lincoln on Rushmore by rocamiadesign

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A closeup of President Abraham Lincoln’s head on the carving on Mount Rushmore.

“Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota in the United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.

South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. Robinson’s initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site and chose the larger Mount Rushmore. Borglum also decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain. After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents’ faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum’s death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Though the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in October 1941.

The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and manages the memorial to the present day. It attracts approximately two million people annually."

(The above information was taken from the article on wikipedia)

Jimmy took this photo on his way back home from Tennessee. His sister-in-law told him she would pay for the extra gasoline if he would make a detour and bring home photos of Mount Rushmore.

Photo taken in March, 2010, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Image copyright James M. Emerson. No use of any kind allowed without written permission.

9/25/10 – Featured in the ALPHABET SOUP Group.
9/30/10 – Featured in the TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE Group.


  • BingoStar
    BingoStarover 4 years ago

    Another great look

  • happypattern
    happypatternover 4 years ago

    Arn’t these amazing??? Love the photograph of this a lot!

  • Babbler
    Babblerover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Sandra Bauser Digital Art
    Sandra Bauser ...over 4 years ago

    These are just fantastic!

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouilleover 4 years ago

    Looks lyrical in a closeup, with the lighting and tree. :)

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago

    Just LOVE the tree in the shot!!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Excellent detail!

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Good work!!

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopabout 4 years ago

    25th September 2010

    Don’t forget to enter the best of “L” challenge Here

    Great capture Kathleen, well done.

    David xx

  • Thank you very much for this honor!

    – rocamiadesign

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 4 years ago

    WOW! Where were you standing.. or do you have a fantastic zoom!!

  • Actually, Jimmy climbed up part of the mountain to get this, although I don’t think he was supposed to. The zoom on our camera is really crappy, getting blurry if you zoom more than once, so the only way to get good closeups is to get really close.

    – rocamiadesign

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