Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Uniquely Spearfish: Termesphere Gallery

Each time I visit a new place I look for those things that are original to the area. Sometimes it’s the scenery, sometimes an attraction, or a locally owned restaurant. When friends and family visit me I have no problem finding these things in my town to show them. There’s no shortage of uniquely Spearfish places to visit. Some of the best escapes from the everyday can be had at local galleries, including the world famous Dick Termes and his Termesphere Gallery.

Termes paints on giant spheres in six-point perspective. Once complete, a termesphere is a rotating three-dimensional work of art – each a world of its own. Termes has created more than 400 termespheres and 30 to 100 of them can be viewed, at any given time, at the Termesphere Gallery.

The Gallery itself is a work of art—a giant dome that asks to be explored. Inside you walk among these floating globes. You can spend as long as you want simply admiring the worlds Termes has created or you can purchase your own termesphere. Either way, you should at least take the time to view this great Spearfish attraction.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hidden Gem: Annie Creek Falls

I have lived in Spearfish for more than four years now, and I am still finding new natural wonders in the area. The most recent of which is another waterfall in Spearfish Canyon!

Annie Creek is nestled in the canyon near the old mining and railroad town of Elmore. To find it you go 3.7 miles South of Savoy on Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. You will see a brown sign for Annie Creek Road off to your left, on a curve in road. Annie Creek Road is a very rocky, one-lane dirt road, so you can drive it if you want or just park on the side of the road there and walk it. Follow it 1 - 1 ½ miles to a wide spot in the road. You will see a path off to your left that brings you to the top of a gorge. When you follow this short path you will be on a platform, overlooking Annie Creek and a small waterfall, split in two by rocks.

The entire area is quite scenic. The canyon walls leading down to the creek are steep and spotted with Spruce, Birch and Aspen trees. From the platform you are surrounded by trees and the sun sneaks through them to light up this hidden gem. Be sure to bring your tri-pod for some great photo opportunities.

I have been told that you can climb down the gorge for a closer look at the waterfall, but have not tried it myself. Whether you view the falls from up close or from afar, this Spearfish Canyon natural wonder is one I suggest you seek out.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.