Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May 2018

Bison, green river hills and a post storm sky at sunset in southern Lyman County, SD
When the late spring finally arrived for good in the upper Great Plains an abundance of beauty came with it. The month of May was alive with birdsong while blossoms bloomed, rainbows blessed and stormy skies spread incredible views. I spent a lot of time in the evenings and weekends watching it all unfold. What a joy to experience another spring on the prairies! Here are a dozen of my favorite images of the month for you. Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in.

Historic Benton Lutheran of rural Crooks, SD with an early May sunset

A prairie windmill in rural Lincoln County with a spring rainbow as a welcome background

A rose-breasted grosbeak among the wild plum buds at Palisades State Park

Small wildflowers amongst the new grass at Palisades State Park

A yellow warbler surveying his territory (and lunch options) at the Dells of the Big Sioux

A northern cardinal perched on a blooming decorative tree at Terrace Park in Sioux Falls

Distant storm clouds south of Presho, SD

I drove about 10 miles closer to get this color and drama in the same storm clouds as above. This was taken at the edge of the White River breaks south of Presho

The first light of day on Badlands National Park

My friend Eliza in a patch of wildflowers in Perkins County

A ruby-throated hummingbird displaying at Sica Hollow State Park

Sunday, May 6, 2018

April 2018

Winter's ice receding from the Oahe dam near Mobridge, SD in early April
April was a tough month in South Dakota. Winter lingered, then left, then returned. Then repeated the whole scenario a couple more times for good measure. Despite of, or maybe because of the weather there were some interesting images to be captured regardless. I was in the north central and central part of the state early in the month, then focused my attention around southeastern South Dakota for the remaining early spring winter weather. Whoever came up with the phrase, "South Dakota is the land of infinite variety, pretty much hit the nail on the head. It holds true for the landscapes, the wildlife and especially the weather.  So, here are my favorite 12 of the month for you. Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in! 

Greater Prairie Chicken "booming" on a lek in Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Meadowlark at Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Early April snow at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

Cedar Waxwing during an April snow at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

A robin puffed up against the cold during an April snow at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

The first pasqueflower of the year in rural Hanson County

A pasqueflower that survived a mid-April blizzard

A pasqueflower standing strong above the snow and ice

A golden-crowned kinglet at Palisades State Park

A lovely spring sunset in rural McCook County, SD

Blue skies, green grass and a red barn at the end of April in Clay County, SD

Friday, April 6, 2018

March 2018

An abandoned country school with outhouse north of Miller, SD
March of 2018 has been colder and more wintery than the last handful of Marches.  The first half of the month I was quite busy following sports indoors with all the basketball seasons coming to an end. The last half of the month I tried to get out and witness the waterfowl migrations that pass through every early spring, but there were only a handful of good weather days to choose from.  Finally at the end of the month I was able to travel through the state to go visit family for an early Easter so had a couple more opportunities to shoot photos then.  All that equates to my favorite twelve photos of the month posted here.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

The Denny Sanford Center at near capacity for the USD v SDSU Summit League Championship game in Sioux Falls

A bald eagle perched on a icy tree near Silver Lake north of Freeman, SD

Thousands of snow geese near Freeman, SD (This is what the bald eagles are following this time of year)

One of two snowy owls north of Emery, SD I was surprised to see while out and about.  Seems late for them to still be around in the middle of March.

The 2nd Snowy Owl north of Emery, SD

A rare (nearly) clear sky sunset with geese flying north

Sunset over Highway 42 a couple days after the first day of spring

A red-winged blackbird taking flight in western Minnehaha County, SD

A couple ducks escaping into the sunset near Humboldt, SD

A bald eagle in flight north of Miller, SD

Abandoned north of Miller, SD

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018

Faith United Church of rural Yankton County after a fresh snowfall 
February has come and gone already this year.  It is a short month already and lately one of the busier times of the year for me with my duties at work.  I was only able to get out shooting photos a few times this month, but even so, I was able to find some distinct South Dakotan winter beauty to share.  Per usual, click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Sunset in rural Hutchinson County, SD

A great-horned owl sunning itself in the afternoon in rural Brookings County, SD

A vibrant red barn in a patch of winter sunshine in rural Lincoln County, SD

Snow drifting along a Union County backroad

Snow drifting along a Union County backroad

Union County, SD barn in the early evening sunlight

The silhouette of Roseni Lutheran against the sunset sky in Union County, SD

Abandoned country school in Union County, SD

Prairie windmill with stars in Turner County, SD

Snowshine at Palisades State Park near Garretson, SD

Sunburst at Palisades State Park

Saturday, February 3, 2018

January 2018

Sun dogs at sunset in rural Minnehaha County, SD
 Hard to believe we are over month into 2018 already. It was a typical January with bitter cold, soundings, a January thaw, and a couple foggy days giving the landscape a temporary hoar frost covering.  Here are my favorite 12 photos of the month.  Feel free to click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Sun dog rainbow over St. Joseph's Cathedral of Sioux Falls, SD

Rabbit hiding in brush.  There was a hungry snowy owl patrolling nearby.

Snowy owl in flight

Overhead jet and contrails

Snowy owl in flight

Northern cardinal on a snow day

Snow day at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

Frosty morning in rural Minnehaha County

Frosty morning in rural Minnehaha County

Sunset over the grain elevator in Ellis, SD

New snow over an old cemetery - Wood Lake Lutheran of rural Deuel County, SD