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Dinosaur Park, Rapid City, South Dakota

The next to last picture marked the end of roadside attractions in the model train hall, but in order to exit the US Botanic Garden, you had to walk through almost the entire conservatory, spread around which were more displays from the Season’s Greenings “Roadside Attractions” exhibit.

Dinosaur Park consists of seven dinosaur statues placed on a hill overlooking Rapid City, South Dakota. Developed by the city along with the Works Progress Administration, its creators hoped the location would attract tourists coming to the Black Hills to visit Mount Rushmore. Most of the dinosaurs depicted are based on fossils that have been found in South Dakota and the western United States. The dinosaurs in the park are Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Edmontosaurus annectens, Protoceratops, and Dimetrodon (technically a synapsid, not a dinosaur). As in the ancient past, time has not been kind to these dinosaurs, and some are missing their teeth and claws.

Building materials: gourds, horse chestnut bark, sponge fungus, willow, eucalyptus pods, coral stick, driftwood

Model train, posted earlier:

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exzim19-Dec-2017 21:02
I agree with Julie, a very neat picture.
Julie Oldfield14-Dec-2017 01:24
Very cute capture. V
Ton T.12-Dec-2017 20:23
Most creative dinosaur in a fine setting! V
Pierre12-Dec-2017 14:20
Une très belle reconstitution, une image très détaillée! V
LynnH12-Dec-2017 01:38
I spotted the gourd right away. Very clever and cute creation.
Gill Kopy12-Dec-2017 01:36
What a marvelous job they've done here making a fabulous shot ! V
victorswan11-Dec-2017 19:25
These are just great Helen, lovely image of this little dino BV
MarcViskens11-Dec-2017 19:16
Great catch Helen
bill friedlander11-Dec-2017 19:14
Lots of creativity went into this. Excellent capture. V
Tom Munson11-Dec-2017 18:47
Cool shot, Helen.
Jeff Real11-Dec-2017 18:34
This is a really cool image, Helen
Nirvan Hope11-Dec-2017 18:15
Yes, he looks more playful than dangerous!
globalgadabout11-Dec-2017 16:54
crisply captured...,the dino looks almost endearing..
danad11-Dec-2017 15:33
Superb details and light and great craft ! V.
Nick Paoni11-Dec-2017 15:11
A tribute to times long past. I like the amount of detail you captured in this interesting shot.
Jim Coffman11-Dec-2017 15:07
What an intriguing image.. I'll bet the hillside at Rapid City looks awesome...
Patrick Goossens11-Dec-2017 15:07
what a time that must have been. Almost looking like a giant egg with legs.