Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June 2017

Immanuel Lutheran of rural McCook County taken at sunset after a massive storm passed through
I can't believe June has come and gone already this year.  Time has a way of picking up steam the older you get... And I feel it these days.  A severe and ultimately very picturesque storm system blew through the eastern half of South Dakota about mid-June and I was fortunate enough to pass through it undamaged by hail to then see the magnificent beauty of the storm as the setting sun lit the clouds from the northwest.  Four of the twelve photos found in this post are from that evening.  There were a few more storms producing unique clouds over the course of the month, however maybe not enough as a large part of our state (middle central to north central) didn't get much for rain yet this year.  Regardless, the skies were again the star of the month as you can see with my selections.  As always, click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Macro detail of the petals and stamen of a wild prairie rose

Edmond, SD (what's left of it)

After the storm in McCook County, SD

Sunset lit storm clouds over Immanuel Lutheran found a few miles south of Canova, SD

Mammatus clouds at sunset over an unused barn

A vivid rainbow south of Parkston, SD

The first light after a rainstorm along the Charles Mix and Douglas County line (south of White Lake)

Backroad beauty - evening scene in rural Minnehaha County

The rising Milky Way over unused Pioneer Concordia church of rural Roberts County, SD

Milky way over barn in rural Kingsbury County, SD

Clouds over the Old Courthouse Museum after a rainstorm in downtown Sioux Falls.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

May 2017

An early spring rainbow captured with my telephoto lens east of Baltic, SD
There are not a lot of places I'd rather be than South Dakota in the spring of the year.  This May saw vivid rainbows, blooming wildflowers, rainswept vistas and even a surprise outburst of Northern Lights.  It is also Milky Way season again for night photographers as the sky to southeast on clear, moonless nights will attest.  Here are 12 photos from the month of May that top my list for one reason or another.  I hope you enjoy them.  As always click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Orange crowned warbler amongst wild plum blossom at Newton Hills State Park

Blessings from above in Eastern Minnehaha County

A full on double rainbow over Ben Clare, SD

Sunset colored rainclouds in western Rock County, MN

Mid-morning light breaking through retreating rainclouds at Badlands National Park

Burrowing Owl at Badlands National Park

Spring thundershower over Wind Cave National Park

Blooming white milkwort at Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in Jackson County, SD

Aurora (or possibly "Steve") over Creighton Community Building in Eastern Pennington County, SD

The Milky Way rising at Badlands National Park

Late May sunset over an old prairie corral north of Oacoma, SD

Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017

An exquisite sunrise scene on the first of April from Fort Pierre National Grasslands
April provided plenty of starts and stops to spring in South Dakota this time around.  The month started relatively warm and pleasant but ended in a rainy, snowy mess.  I was able to get out to Fort Pierre National Grasslands and sit in a blind on April 1st to watch Prairie Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse vie for their hen's attention.  It was a near perfect early spring day with a gorgeous sunrise across the grasslands and soft, evening sunset which I enjoyed with some pasqueflowers in Hanson County. As always, click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Two cattle trucks on US Highway 83 against the red dawn horizon

Greater Prairie Chicken 

Greater Prairie Chicken roosters fighting for the best lek location

Pasqueflowers at sunset

Chorus frog doing his thing

The first plum brush buds of the year

Ruby-crowned kinglet 

Early Morning Rain

Rainbow over the Missouri River Hills

Green dragonfly amongst the buds

An Aurora surprise - reflected in a fishing hole near Hartford, SD

Saturday, April 8, 2017

March 2017

A prairie windmill at sundown - 1st Day of Spring, 2017
I spent pretty much the first half of March shooting sports related photos for my day job.  Early March means basketball and Hockey playoffs and I spent a lot of time in arenas or on the road to and from them.  Many of my images helped kick off the new Midco Sports Network Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/midcosn/).  Once all that was wrapped up I was able to take some personal/family time in a trip out to Southern California.  Among other things, I spent three days in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on the back half of the 2017 "super bloom" and a beautiful sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park.  Here are my 12 favorite of the month for you.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Sunset clouds and the basketball statue outside of the Denny Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD

Lake Madison Lutheran with the first day of Spring's sunset

Desert sunflower field at Anza-Borrego

The blooming desert

Blooms north of Borrego Springs

Desert color

Ocotillo cactus in bloom

Desert dawn

Costa's hummingbird

Joshua tree at Dawn

First light





Saturday, March 4, 2017

February 2017

Abandoned under a southwest Minnesota sunset
February was a month of spectacular sunsets.  Thankfully I was able to be out on the road to catch a few.  Unusually warm temperatures brought the snow geese to the area earlier than normal then a cold spell chased them back south again.  Like they say, if you don't like the weather in this part of the country, be patient, as it will change.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

Sunset on Feb 1 above POET near Chancellor, SD

A low cloud lit beautifully be the setting sun on Feb 1.

Still standing in Turner County, SD

Southwest Minnesota Sunset

McCook County Sunset

Bald Eagle in the evening light

The Full "Snow" Moon in Minnehaha County, SD

Late afternoon light on tall grass at Newton Hills State Park, SD

Early arrivals in the air above a lone windmill in Southeastern SD

A thirty minute exposure of the stars wheeling around Polaris and the Balancing Rock formation at Palisades State Park near Garretson, SD

Night under the Falls of the Big Sioux in Sioux Falls, SD