Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September 2018

Sunset road in southeastern South Dakota
September is a transition month in South Dakota. This offers plenty of photo ops if one is willing to get out the door and look for them.  From migrating birds to the beginning of fall color as well as the colorful sunsets and sunrises, the palette is often full of drama and beauty.  This September was no different.  Here are twelve of my favorites for you. Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Ruby-throated hummingbird sipping from a blooming Jewelweed

Baby snapping turtle at Lake Herman State Park near Madison, SD

Sumac at Sica Hollow State Park

Fall color and an abandoned house behind some of the season's last goldenrod in bloom in Roberts County, SD

An autumn scene in Harding County, SD

The season's first snowfall at Spearfish Canyon

The road west from the Slim Buttes in Harding County

Fall in the Slim Buttes Castle Rock area

Autumn in Custer State Park

A mountain bluebird posing for me at Custer State Park

Zooming in all the way with my Canon 100-400mm telephoto and a 1.4 extender


Saturday, September 1, 2018

August 2018

Sunset road near Crooks, SD

August was unusually rainy here in Southeastern South Dakota.  This made for an abundance of late summer wildflowers, butterflies and amphibians.  All made for interesting photography subjects as you'll see in this selection of my favorite photos from the month.  Click on image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Still beautiful even though tattered and torn

My five year old niece and her prince charming found in the family yard

Butterfly's eye view on a hillside full of prairie blazing star at Lake Herman State Park near Madison, SD

Monarch macro

Upright prairie coneflower or "mexican hat" flower

Late summer color at Lake Herman State Park

Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio in between games of a baseball vacation in Cincy and Pittsburgh

Monarch wing macro

Sachem Skipper macro

Red-tipped dragonfly wings

Face-off at the Maximillian Sunflower

Thursday, August 2, 2018

July 2018

Wild wood lily in bloom in rural Deuel County, SD
When looking back at all the photo opportunities I was presented in July, it makes me wonder how it feels like the month was just here and gone.  I guess when you are out enjoying the scenery the days go down faster than the setting sun. I was able to get in a trip to the Coteau Hills in the northeast early in the month, then a West River odyssey in the middle of the month.  The latter half of the month was quite busy at work here in Sioux Falls, so I only got out on weekends and late evenings, but even so, there were wonders to be found, both in the sky and on the ground.  Here are 12 of my favorite photos from July 2018. Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

A nighthawk lifting off in Sica Hollow State Park

Firefly activity over about 20 minutes of time at Newton Hills State Park

Twin whitetail fawns amongst the wildflowers at Custer State Park

Young burrowing owls waiting to be fed at Badlands National Park

Sion Hanson on a landmark of his family's land in rural Perkins County

Sion

Calvary Lutheran with the Milky Way in Clark County

A classic SoDak sunset above Renner, SD

A distant thunderhead beyond Hartford, SD

Evening light on a Monarch at rest - Dells of the Big Sioux

A full double rainbow after a brief rain shower south of Epiphany, SD

Saturday, July 7, 2018

June 2018

The first light after a severe storm beyond Trinity Lutheran of rural Charles Mix County, SD 
The month of June in my part of the world saw a wide variety of weather and wonders.  Large thunderstorms, days of gentle rain, flooding and heat. The old adage says that South Dakota is the land of infinite variety and June of 2018 proved that to be true once again. All that variety allowed for numerous chances to go out and find unique things to photograph. Here are twelve of my favorites from the month that was.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Post storm skies over Academy United Church of Christ in Charles Mix County, SD 

Sunset with tall grass in western Minnehaha County, SD

Rain on grass at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, SD

Rain on a prairie rose petal at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, SD

A lead plant blooming at Spirit Mound Historic Prairie near Vermillion, SD

Storms brewing on the prairie of McCook County, SD

A double rainbow between storm cells in Miner County, SD

The storm approaches

After the storm in Hanson County, SD

Prairie coneflower in bloom at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, SD

Delaware Skipper on a blooming thistle at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area near Canistota, SD

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