Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016

Snow dogs at Trinity Lutheran of rural Lincoln County, SD
Hard to believe it is the start to another year.  I wasn't able to get out and about as much as I would have liked due to fighting some illnesses, being busy with work and life and the general shortness of the days.  Even so, I was able to witness some pretty incredible sun dogs on a Saturday that I had free just before mid-month.  Four of those photos start off my favorite twelve of the overall month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in.

Romsdal Lutheran with sun dogs

A prairie windmill with rather strong sun dogs.  I crossed a small waterway to get this shot lined up and didn't realize that the ice wasn't as thick as I assumed.  Before it was all over I was drenched up to my knees.  That's a kind of cold that will jar your senses!

Sundogs at sunset.

Goldfinch at Good Earth State Park

Winter sunset - rural Minnehaha County

Winter sunset with fence line

Colors changing as the evening deepens

Ten steps from my front door

Frost and Red Barn in rural Moody County

Snowy Owl at Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Snowy Owl take-off

Friday, January 1, 2016

December 2015

An early December sunset above the reeds of the Missouri River
I was only able to get out and about with my camera a handful of times this month.  The holiday season and work were particularly busy this time around.  The times I did get out, however, provided frost and wildlife as well as other great winter scenes here in South Dakota.  Here are 12 of my favorites of the month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Frost on tall prairie grass in Brookings County

Cold and twisted with frost

Old barn west of Lake Thompson

Horse and frost near Forestburg, SD

Winter sunset at North Preston Church

Down the road less traveled

Grouse in the winter sunshine

The Mule brothers at Foster Bay in Stanley County

Flurries advancing over Cherry Creek

Moreau River Breaks on Christmas Day

Faint Northern Lights on New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November 2015

An early November sunset at Family Park in Sioux Falls, SD
November was a busy one and I didn't get as much time out looking for photos as I would normally like.  I was able to find beauty in and around Sioux Falls though.  From the last remnants of Autumn to the first heavy snowfall at the Outdoor Campus, the month turned out to be fairly photogenic after all!  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Sunset over the Oahe Reservoir at Swan Creek Recreation Area

Northern lights above a fallen outbuilding and prairie windmill in Minnehaha County.

A mid-November Clay County sunset

Some last remnants of Autumn at Covel Lake in Sioux Falls

Some last remnants of Autumn at Covel Lake in Sioux Falls

Mallards at sunset on Covel Lake

White on red at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

Blizzard birds at the Sioux Falls Outdoor Campus

Northern Cardinal in the snowstorm

House Finch enduring the cold

Thanksgiving sunset over the Oahe Chapel near Pierre, SD

Monday, November 2, 2015

October 2015

Low hanging fog at dawn over Badlands National Park.
On the first day of October, I watched the sun come up over Badlands National Park.  Not a bad start to the month!  I was also able to spend a little time in the northeastern portion of South Dakota chasing sunrises and fall colors.  Here are twelve of my favorites photos of the month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

The first sunlight on the land.  The dots on the ridge are bighorn sheep.

A bighorn ram on the edge of the Sage Creek Wilderness of Badlands National Park.

Savo Lutheran of rural Frederick, SD just before dawn.

Fall colors at Sica Hollow State Park in Roberts County, SD.

The road through Sica Hollow.

A stream bed at Sica Hollow.

October sunset in western Minnehaha County.

Sunset over the fishing pier at Lake Alvin Recreation Area, east of Harrisburg, SD

Later the clouds turned into what looked like a dragon chasing the sunset.

Late light after a rainy day at Dewey Gevik Outdoor Conservation Learning Area near Wall Lake (south of Hartford, SD).

Halloween sunset over a rural cemetery in southeastern ND.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

September 2015

One of the last thunderstorms of the summer provided a unique sunset opportunity in rural Union County early in September.
 Here are twelve favorites from September 2015.  From Monarchs to hummingbirds and eagles, the month was colorful and busy.  I was able to take some time off late in the month to explore some west river backroads as well as the northeastern portion of South Dakota.  All in all, it was a good photography month with many images to sort through afterwards.  Click on the photos for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

I spent an early September Saturday evening being swarmed by gnats and mosquitos attempting to capture hummingbirds in flight at the feeders at Good Earth State Park.  This is one of the cleanest shots.

There were also plenty of other insects interested in the sugar water and one of my favorite shots was this mid-air stand-off with a hummer and what I think is a wasp of some sort.

The Monarch migration was in full swing by Labor Day.  Here is a favorite shot from Lake Herman State Park.  For more photos and the story behind it, check out my e-column at southdakotamagazine.com: http://southdakotamagazine.com/farewell-monarchs

The first colors of fall at Big Coulee Creek in southern Roberts County, SD

A scene from the northern edge of the Coteau Des Prairie in Marshall County, SD

Autumn in the northern Black Hills of Lawrence County, SD

Just south of the Short Pine Hills in Harding County, SD

A young Golden Eagle taking flight in Harding County, SD

Taken in Harding County, SD

A dewey morning at Custer State Park, SD

American Bison with autumn colors at Custer State Park, SD