Moonset over Mt. Rushmore

Moonset over Mt. Rushmore

Moonset over Mt. Rushmore.

Some say October is one of the best times to visit the Black Hills. The weather is usually nice (October, 2013, being a notable exception) and you can take pictures like this.

The Harvest Moons of October and November present a striking view as they set behind Mt. Rushmore shortly after sunrise. This photo was taken about 6:40 a.m. on October 9, 2014.  A day earlier there was a lunar eclipse over Mt. Rushmore but clouds prevented a good picture. No problem, a similar picture will be available in about 500 years if it’s not cloudy.