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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 2017

An early December sunset over a prairie windmill near Hartford, SD
This December was a month of extremes.  For the first three weeks, the weather was dry and quite warm across most of the state.  An early influx of snowy owls seemed to make their way across the whole area including a sighting right here in northwest Sioux Falls.  About Christmas time, the weather started getting colder and soon snow covered the whole state. As I write this, on the evening of December 31st, we are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the young winter season with teens below zero temperature actual and even colder with the windchill.  All this, plus a holiday trip to the western part of the state made for great month of photography opportunities.  It wasn't easy, but here are 12 of my favorites from the last of 2017.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

A snowy owl in a field on the northwest corner of Sioux Falls taken December 2nd

Sunset with a thin layer of ice over Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg, SD

The fishing pier with an icy sunset at Lake Alvin

Close-up of a prairie windmill at sunset near Hartford, SD

Pre-dawn clouds over Badlands National Park

Spearfish Canyon after a snowfall on the Winter Solstice

Snow covered pine in Spearfish Canyon

A bluejay in Custer State Park

Snowfall on bison - Custer State Park

Snowfall on bison - Custer State Park

Another snowy owl sighting in northwest Sioux Falls on the last day of the year.  This time there was plenty of snow and sub-freezing temps to accompany the bird.  In this photo it is perched atop a four story apartment building and fluffed up against the cold temperatures.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November 2017

Evening scene in rural Brown County on the southern end of Sand Creek NWR
When November comes around the daylight is less and most of the remaining evidence of the growing season has fled or is about too.  It seems I don't get as many chances to find good subjects to photograph, but then interesting things seem to happen on a free weekend or trips home for Thanksgiving... And the area I get to live in seems to always offer up new and unique things to photograph.  A little surprisingly, this month's collection of photos is one of the most colorful of the year.  There was some snow early in the month to the North and the end of the month showcased amazing sunrise and sunset colors.  So here are twelve of my favorites from the month that was.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Bald Eagle taking off near Forestburg, SD

First snow in Sanborn County, SD

Took a road trip to Grand Forks, ND for work and found this beautiful steeple at sunset just to the southwest of town.

Some last Autumn color backlit by the late afternoon sun at Terrace Park in Sioux Falls

Terrace Park, Sioux Falls

A Minnehaha County rural sunset

The Little Church on the Prairie at The Joy Ranch just outside of Watertown, SD

The last light of the day shining through the dust of the late harvest  activity in Clay County, SD

Clay County sunset

Sunrise above Sioux Falls - looking south down Main Avenue

Another Sioux Falls sunrise photo with the Clocktower of the Old Courthouse Museum in the foreground.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

October 2017

Autumn color backlit by the evening sunshine at Fall Park, Sioux Fall, SD
The early part of October provided gorgeous color across the upper plains of South Dakota.  I didn't get out to explore it quite as much as I would have liked, but even so, there were plenty of photos to choose from when picking my favorite dozen of the month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in! 

Minnehaha County farm county in early October

Sumac at Big Stone Lake

A late season skipper at Hartford Beach State Park

Sumac beauty at Hartford Beach State Park

A large garter snake soaking up the autumn sunshine amongst the fallen leaves

Sumac red

St. Joseph's Lutheran near Rosholt, SD

Palisades State Park

Falls Park

A curious Ruby-crowned kinglet at Newton Hills State Park

Historic Brown Earth Church of rural Grant County, SD taken in late October for a video series I've been working on for Prairie Sanctuaries.  Check out the video here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2017

Sunset over Spirit Mound in rural Clay County, SD
September in South Dakota is a joy for a rambling photographer like me.  Summer thunderstorms give way to soft fall evenings as the month progresses.  Birds and butterflies make their way through the state on their migrations south.  The leaves in the high country start to change in the latter weeks, paving way for a colorful October and cooler weather.  It was an exceedingly hard month to trim my favorites into 12 photos this time.  I started with nearly 80 photos and some were very hard to leave on the cutting room floor.  That is a good problem to have I guess.  As always, click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

A beam of aurora that made it's way almost directly overhead and westward early in the month... taken a few miles northwest of Hartford, SD

The Painted Lady Butterflies were particularly thick this month.  Here is one on a sunflower at Lake Herman State Park near Madison, SD

Sunrise through the tall grass at Mokoce Washte Native Prairie near Wall Lake, SD

White Pelican at sunset at Dewey Gevik Nature Area also near Wall Lake,  SD

A mountain bluebird amidst the fall colors of southern Lawrence County, SD

Spearfish Falls at Savoy, SD

First light on Badlands National Park

Badlands Bighorn in the early morning light

A favorite fall view from Vanocker Canyon in the northern Black Hills

Autumn evening above Lake Oahe in Campbell County, SD

The Missouri River hills in Campbell County, SD