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  • Susan Hanson Amondson

    Love the prairie and the peacefulness

  • Merlin 1 week ago

    Very grateful for some of the explanations below…brings me much deeper understanding of the beautiful video. Thank you all.

  • Georganne Marie Krause

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of our heritage.

  • Martha Monick

    Gorgeous photograph..

  • Kevin Malmquist

    Souix Quartzite, an ancient beach deposit sculpted by glacial ice. When you find a big one, they are bison rub stones. A question, as a young geology student I visited a house built into the side of a south facing ledge. Is that still there?

    • Judy Brandenburg 1 week ago

      Today’s video was filmed on Touch the Sky Prairie.The house you are speaking of was built by the author Frederick Manfred. As the Blue Mound State Park expanded, MN DNR purchased the house and used it as a park Visitor Center for many years, but it is closed now. The house still remains but the MN DNR is now considering what to do with it, preserve or remove.

    • Patricia Scheidt

      Kevin Malmquist Yes! If you visited the Blue Mounds State Park in SW MN (Luverne). It’s not been used as an interpretive center for the Park for some time now. It’s deteriorated badly but I thought I had heard that efforts were underway possibly to restore this most precious commodity. It was built by Fred Manfred (famous author) .

    • Becky Tarver Chase

      Very cool photos here (including one bison rubbing)

    • Patricia Scheidt

      Becky Tarver Chase Thank You for this link! Yes we now have wonderful “rural water” at the park! I’ve hiked 3 times at the cliffs of the BMSP this past summer, so beautiful! I’ve looked in the windows at the interpretive center each time and completely understand the damage and cost of resurrecting the once Fred Manfred home. It’s such a unique structure with an awesome view.

  • Barb carlson 1 year ago

    Interesting. Not many places for Pipestone so wonder what it is.? Thank you.

  • If stones could speak!

  • Wendy Buchholz 1 year ago

    Love that beautiful Sioux quartzite!

  • Beautiful. Perfect background music too.

  • Beautiful. Perfect background music too.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    There really is beauty in everything, isn’t there..!

  • Wendy Buchholz 2 years ago

    Oh, how I love those stone and that prairie!

  • It is always cool to see the polishing left by countless generations of Bison. A Farmer I know found the bones an ancient form of Bison on His land at a spring. The spring is in the middle of a flat field it is a pretty big mound from where the water flows and the bones were there. The U of M investigated the bones.

  • It is always cool to see the polishing left by countless generations of Bison. A Farmer I know found the bones an ancient form of Bison on His land at a spring. The spring is in the middle of a flat field it is a pretty big mound from where the water flows and the bones were there. The U of M investigated the bones.

  • beautiful

  • Greta 2 years ago

    Awesome, transported by glaciers?

  • Barb Moore 3 years ago

    Powerful.

  • John Sorensen 3 years ago

    re Erratics: Got text?

  • Thank you

  • I wonder what kind of stones? The first looks like a frozen lava and similar to the sweetness of the halva :) . Others look different… There are experts? To share the knowledge. Thanks for the shot Jim.

  • Donna Dacy 3 years ago

    Wonderful video. Simple but so lovely seeing them all alone with only the grass and the wind for company.
    TFS

  • On my bucket list Touch the Sky Prairie.

  • Suzanne 3 years ago

    The Lakota name is INYAN.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inyan

  • Arvida J 3 years ago

    Lots of questions occur about these stones. Were they dropped by the melting ice sheet, maybe 10,000 years ago? They are both sharp edged in some places and smoothed out in others. I think maybe, if I remember correctly from last year, tomorrow’s video will show bison scratching themselves against them. Which raises the further question: how many, many times does it take bison rubbing to smooth those sharp edges? I’m so grateful for starting my day with this video. Thanks once again.

  • Suzanne 3 years ago

    Stone beings – powerful and strong, anchoring the land..

  • I keep forgetting these…..I follow for a while, then they drift away. Glad I have some friends that bring them back into my view

  • I agree with Cathleen on the stories they could tell! Wondering Jim if that is Pipestone Quartz?

  • Jackie M. 3 years ago

    I’m fascinated by stones. As a child, if I saw a particular interesting piece of quartz I would bring it home. The video of those lone big stones on the prairie brings up questions. Were they pushed up from underneath by the heaving of the earth thousands and thousands of years ago? Or are they a part of a comet which tore itself away from it’s mother to land on earth millions of years ago.

  • Often the stones do tell some of their stories in sweat lodge — (inipi)

  • My thought exactly. Oh, the stories they could tell.

  • Wendy Buchholz 3 years ago

    love, love, love those beautiful stones and the peace of the prairie!

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