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Corn Palace, South Dakota

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

This is the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, built in 1892. The original Corn Palace dates back to an era when “crop palaces” were gaining ground among agricultural communities in the Great Plains as a way to showcase their agricultural products. It has been rebuilt several times over the decades, and in addition to being the main tourist attraction in Mitchell, the Corn Palace is also a functional basketball arena.

Building materials in this model include gourds, pistachio shells, burr oak acorn cap, sandalwood seeds, salal leaves, stewartia pods and Australian pine cones in the dome alone.

‘Road Trip USA,’ posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Julie Oldfield01-Dec-2017 02:54
Awesome capture! V
Ton T.29-Nov-2017 14:21
Fine colors, superb image V
Carol How28-Nov-2017 23:26
Superb capture! V
Nirvan Hope28-Nov-2017 22:20
How amazing that this is all plant based. What a work of art. Nicely captured in that light.
Regine L.28-Nov-2017 22:05
This wiii become a great gallery.V
Suzanne Lanthier28-Nov-2017 21:56
A very interesting tour of this unusual garden...Thanks for sharing, Helen !
Apostolos Tikopoulos28-Nov-2017 21:14
Excellent image, Helen. v.
globalgadabout28-Nov-2017 21:00
accomplished work to create this from organic materials...fine shot in what seem to be difficult conditions..
Jim Coffman28-Nov-2017 20:32
Nice image, Helen! I was in the corn palace about about 67 years ago..
William Barletta28-Nov-2017 20:32
I've seen the real thing ~V~
Patrick Goossens28-Nov-2017 20:17
strange form. Looking like a mosque or maharadja palace.
Colin Storey28-Nov-2017 19:47
Sounds like a wonderful seasonal event and a great image from it.