A trip to Mt. Rushmore in June wasn’t complete without driving on the Needles Parkway. The 14 mile road travels through beautiful scenic areas of Custer State Park. Along the way we made several stops so I could photograph the high granite “needles” that jut into the air. This particular needle was a popular spot to photograph because of the visible eye of the needle. I had hoped to capture the sun shining through the eye, but the sun was high and the crowds of people and cars passing by prohibited me from getting just the right angle.