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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204635958201713.1073741835.1317890386&type=1&l=f09c4e6860

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)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Best of May 2014

Vangen Church just outside of Mission Hill, SD
Here are my favorites from May of 2014.  A later spring allowed for some good birding opportunities and a trip west river over Memorial Day weekend brought spring wildflowers and a unique country church in front of my lens.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Oslo Church (Brookings County) with the Milky Way and distant light pollution of Sioux Falls in early May.

The waxing gibbous moon in rural taken in rural Lincoln County.

The full moon over the Old Courthouse Museum Tower in Sioux Falls.

Signs of spring with blooming trees in south Sioux Falls in mid-May.

A Magnolia warbler at the Dells of the Big Sioux south of Dell Rapids, SD.

Baltimore orioles at Good Earth State Park at Blood Run.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Good Earth feeders.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and blooming lilac at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls.

Dew on mountain bluebells in Wind Cave National Park.

Dew on a star lily (also called sand lily) at Wind Cave NP.

My dad at the Old Stone Church at sunset in rural Corson County over Memorial Day Weekend.  For more shots of this unique and historic church, check out my Prairie Sanctuaries Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/prairiesanctuaries

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pasqueflower Portraits

First pasqueflower of 2014
Every spring, I like to hunt pasqueflowers.  I think it is the combination of the little buggers being hard to find as well as being the first flower to bloom that drives me.  By mid-March, I'm ready for winter to be done and anything that shouts "Spring" attracts me and my camera.  Plus this little beauty is South Dakota's state flower and endeared to many of my fellow Dakotans.  Whether you call it a crocus, a mayflower or a pasque, here is my collection of photos from this year as well as my favorites going back to the spring of 2011.  Click on a image for a larger file to view and enjoy some South Dakota goodness!

New blooms on the edge of Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

I think they look pretty good in black and white too.

Pasques in evening light - Hanson County

I found this guy in the Coteau Des Prairie Hills of southern Roberts county.  It was actually growing in a mowed ditch which allowed me to get up close for great backlight detail.

Taken in the last light of day in 2013.

Taken in 2012.  I was experimenting with shooting "wide open."  Which means I had opened up the aperture as wide as possible to blur the background.

My favorite from 2012.

From 2011.

This is my fav from 2011.  It actually made National Geographic's YourShot Daily Dozen, which was fun.