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Stewart Hines
Stewart Hines

North of Big Bend Dam, the river makes a large, loose curve, nearly creating a full circle. This "Big Bend" is responsible for the dam's name. Explorers Lewis and Clark were aware of the bend when they came up the Missouri River in 1804.

The thin strip of land between the two ends of the Big Bend is known as the Narrows. When Lewis and Clark passed through, they noted an abundance of wildlife here. It's no different today. The rugged bluffs that line Lake Sharpe harbor many species of waterfowl and wildlife including Canada geese, duck, grouse, pheasant, deer and antelope.

Two Indian reservations ­ the Crow Creek and Lower Brule ­ border Lake Sharpe as it winds its way towards Chamberlain. You can experience the raw beauty of this landscape by driving the Native American Scenic Byway. The 101-mile route takes you to the edge of river bluffs, down to the river bottom, and up onto the High Plains where you may catch a glimpse of a tribal buffalo herd.

Peter Tillman
Peter Tillman

So, the comments apply to *every* foto, not the one in front of you?


Lame.

GRANT REYNOLDS
GRANT REYNOLDS

Matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, but remain in some sort of balance for eternity. What is really fascinating is the realization that something which is sub.microscopic (us) in relationship to the size of the rest of the universe can even begin to comprehend its scope or the forces that that lie behind it. I suppose that it could be said that intelligence is directly proportional to mass, but we need to work on that concept a little more as our species progresses. After all, we are only a condensate of the Big Bang.

Stephen Aske
Stephen Aske

Seeing these deep space images keeps me wondering, where did we really come from? The absolute power of the universe is a true wonderment.

Tom Mcdade
Tom Mcdade

How small we are! The wonders of what lays out there is mind boggling. Love it!

A. Person
A. Person

@Stephen Aske We came from a long line of evolving creatures which came from the "Big Bang."

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