Saturday, August 1, 2015

July 2015

My favorite windmill at sunset.
 July of 2015 saw an incredible amount of dramatic skies in South Dakota.  From storms to sunsets there was a lot to see and take photos of.  I also upgraded camera bodies.  For those of you interested, my primary workhorse cameras are now a Canon 7D Mark II and a Canon 70D.  The three lenses I use most are a Canon 100-400mm, Canon 17-55mm and Canon 10-22mm.  Anyway, here are 12 of my favorites from the month that was July 2015.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Prairie coneflowers at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.  I shot a lot more wildflowers in July.  If you'd like to see more check out my e-column at

I spent some time working on Sioux Falls photos for a friend's project.  Here is a multiple image panorama of a July sunset over downtown Sioux Falls.

Evening with the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls.

Skrefsrud Lutheran of rural Lincoln County with dramatic storm clouds to the south.

Storm clouds with a red barn in rural Union County.

Dramatic post-storm clouds over Union Creek church in Union County, SD.

Storm clouds over a soybean field in Union County, SD.

The setting sun painting the retreating storm clouds over a farmstead in rural Union County, SD.

Post-storm clouds at sunset over Lebanon Lutheran of rural Grant County.

A common yellow-throat along the hiking trail at Spirit Mound north of Vermilion, SD.

Martinus church after a rain shower in rural Yankton County, SD

Thursday, July 2, 2015

June 2015

Blue Grosbeak found along the Bad River Road
My favorite photos this month are dominated by the sky.  Whether it was thunderstorms, sunsets or the northern lights... June had it all.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Thunderclouds over Bear Butte

A short eared owl north of Bear Butte

God's Country - near Ralph, SD

Prairie sunset along the Harding and Perkins County border.

Prairie double rainbow in Ziebach County

The Milky Way rising over the old Lightcap country school

An unexpected flare up of the northern lights on the same night as above

"Into the Electric Blue" or "The Road to Oz" taken in Lake County as a severe thunderstorm passed to the north.

The little church on the prairie between Wallace and Watertown, SD

The best northern light display I have seen yet in the wee hours of June 23rd between Lake Preston and De Smet, SD

The church on the campus of Ingalls Homestead near De Smet bathed in "Aurora Green" with the rising Milky Way

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 2015

Severe weather above St. Columba Church in northeast Yankton County.
May started dry, but ended the opposite with plenty of clouds and and rain.  I was able to get out and capture some a few of the dramatic scenes weather like this offers.  I also took a lot of time to seek out spring migratory songbirds and warblers this month.  Here are my 12 favorite photos for you.  Click on the photo for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Sunset with two storm clouds above Red Lake in Brule County.

A full rainbow after heavy rain in Turner County.

Lighting over Red Lake

The road through Union Grove State Park.

A black-throated green warbler at Lake Herman State Park near Madison.

Summer tanager at Newton Hills State Park.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Newton Hills State Park.

Doe in the woods of Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon.

Abandoned in the Bijou Hills.

Sunrise in the Badlands.

Dawn breaks in Badlands National Park.

Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015

Snow Trillium at Newton Hills State Park
Here are 12 photos of my favorites from April, 2015.  It was a very colorful month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by. 

Northern Lights over a water tower just west of Crooks, SD

Faint northern lights and star trails north of Oslo Church south of Volga, SD

An arc of Northern Lights reflected in southern Lake Thompson

Roseni Lutheran after a spring rain storm in rural Union County, SD

A rainbow over Faith United Lutheran of Yankton County, SD

Sunset colored clouds just north of Chancellor, SD

Spring buds at The Japanese Gardens of Terrace Park in Sioux Falls, SD

Northern Cardinal in spring buds at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, SD

On the edge of Falls Park on a beautiful spring day

Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Newton Hills State Park

Evening light on Lake Lakota of Newton Hills State Park

Friday, April 3, 2015

March 2015

Northern Lights on March 1st - showing despite strong moonlight!
March of 2015 turned out to be a doozy!  The month started with a nice display of northern lights on a cold, moonlit night and then ended with finding a beautiful patch of wild pasqueflowers in the Vermillion River hills.  Also, on St. Patrick's Day morning I awoke unexpectedly in the wee hours to see one of the stronger displays of Aurora I have ever seen.  One of those photos made CBS evening news and another was used in online articles of the Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine.  I created a time-lapse of the display that KSFY News played on the evening news as well as posted to their website.  It can be found HERE.  Thanks for checking in and feel free to share with friends.

Late winter light at Eden Church in Pipestone County, MN

Around 45 minutes of star trails and a pair of passing headlights provided heavenly light for this image of abandoned Concordia Pioneer Church in rural Roberts County, SD

St. Patrick's Day Aurora over West Church near Chester, SD

More St. Patrick's Day Northern Lights

More St. Patrick's Day Northern Lights

Sunset on the first day of Spring at Buffalo Slough.

Another shot of the Buffalo Slough sunset.  This area is just a bit south of Chester, SD

First pasqueflowers of the year in rural McCook County, SD

A natural bouquet

Evening light on Pasques