Saturday, November 1, 2014

Best of October 2014

The standing remains of Holy Family Church in rural Mellette County
Here are my favorites from October 2014.  I had two notable encounters with snakes this month.  The first was a very colorful garter snake in a country church cemetery (photo below).  The second was a close call with a rattler which nearly gave me a heart attack on the steps of the church in the photo above.  I did not get a photo of the rattler as it turned out to be just as scared of me as I was of him... which is probably a good thing!  As always click on a photo for a larger image to view and thanks for stopping by!

Garter snake in a rural Charles Mix County church yard

Bugling elk at Wind Cave National Park

Fishing on the Missouri near Running Water, SD

The Old Courthouse Museum clock tower on an autumn evening in Sioux Falls

The Queen Bee Mill and a portion of the Falls of the Big Sioux at Falls Park in Sioux Falls

The Falls of the Big Sioux

Autumn color in South Sioux Falls

St. Joseph's Cathedral framed by fall colors

Found at Prairie Trails Park in south Sioux Falls

Fall foliage at Rotary Park along the Big Sioux River in central Sioux Falls

A little over an hour's worth of star trails and a few passing headlights provided the light for this image of Zoar Lutheran church in rural Day County, SD

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Best of September 2014

Early morning dew and cool temps kept this dragonfly grounded long enough for me to snap a photo in Sica Hollow State Park on Labor Day, 2014.
Between migrating butterflies and the beginning of fall, September 2014 was a very colorful month to photograph.  It was difficult to choose 12 this time around.  I guess that is a sign of a successful month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Dew on Sumac

Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly along the Big Sioux River at Newton Hills State Park

Monarch Butterfly at Spirit Mound near Vermillion

Faint northern lights over Lake Louise northwest of Miller, SD

Fall colors frame Spearfish Falls early on a late September morning

Autumn color alongside upper Roughlock Falls

Vanocker Canyon

Sage Creek Wilderness of Badlands National Park

Cattle on the border of Sica Hollow State Park late in September

Horse trail in Sica Hollow

Sica Hollow in full Autumn splendor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best of August 2014

Raindrops on a spiderweb along a trail at Good Earth State Park.
Here are twelve of my favorite photos from the month that was August of 2014.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Great Egret in flight in rural Clark county.  Notice the cornfield in the background.

A good friend of mine and I were chasing the sunset in north Yankton county and ended up on this prairie scene.  The church is St. Columba Catholic.

A humid night over Prairie Lutheran in Lincoln county helped provide an ethereal feel to this scene.

The Milky Way with Goodhue Lutheran of rural Codington county.

Somewhere west of Watertown, I happened on this lone windmill. The small shooting star in the upper right was a bonus.

Sunset at Lake Alvin.

The remains of Lakeview Concordia Lutheran in rural Roberts county.

A Monarch dining on wildflowers in southern Deuel county.

Somewhere northwest of Humboldt, SD after the sun had set.

Two apple trees and an abandoned barn is all that is left of this homestead in rural Clark county.

Tall corn and a late summer sunset just east of Hartford, SD.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Best of July 2014

Rabbit Butte Church in Perkins County, SD just after sunset on July 3rd.
Here are my favorite shots from July.  I spent a week in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the month and it was very difficult to pick which photos to post here from that trip as I saw a lot of beauty out there.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

PS  Here is a link to more Pacific Northwest pics if you are interested:

Rabbit Butte Church a bit later in the evening as the light changed to pink and purple on the cloud base.

July's super moon with a few silos southeast of Garretson, SD

Brown Earth Presbyterian Church with the stars on a humid night in Grant County, SD

A damselfly at Prairie Trails Park in southern Sioux Falls, SD

Thistle just beginning to bloom on the prairie.

A red dragonfly allowed me to get close for this shot.

A prairie rose in bloom in Grant County.

The Milky Way over Mount St. Helens in southern Washington state.

A purple shore crab watching me watch the tide roll in at Ecola State Park in Northwest Oregon.

Sunset on Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach after the sunset so I could get a long exposure of the waves at it's base.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best of June 2014

Belleview Lutheran Church between early June rain storms

June proved to be a stormy month in this part of the country which can mean dramatic skies for photography.  Those kind of photos dominate the best shots from yours truly this month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

After the storm passed just off Betts Road west of Mitchell

A geomagnetic storm (G2) also took place in June.  I was able to capture these northern lights over an abandoned homestead not far from Epiphany, SD because of this space weather.

The milky way shining over West Bethany Church which was originally located 10 miles or so from DeSmet, SD.  It has since been relocated to the northeast portion of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead just south of town

A large snapping turtle crossing a county road in north Yankton county after a rain shower.

Mammatus clouds after a storm in Turner county

An impressive incoming cloud structure south of Waubay, SD

Evening sunlight shining through after a storm.  This photo and next are of Buffalo Lake Church's Cemetery in southeast Marshall county

Buffalo Lake Church

Star Trials and the Milky Way over St. Josephs church in north Meade county (Mud Butte, SD)