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

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 2015

Riverbend Church (First Presbyterian) of Moody County at sunset.
Hard to believe August has come and gone this year.  It was a month chalk full of dramatic skies and interesting weather.  It was also a very busy time at work this year.  I spent a week in North Dakota, but even so, I was still able to cruise the backroads of South Dakota to find colorful and awe-inspiring scenes.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

The flag in the Riverbend Church's cemetery with a backlit rain shaft providing a dramatic background.

My favorite windmill east of Hartford after a summer squall passed over.

A few minutes later the sky looked like a painting.

The top side of a Monarch dining on milkweed near Lake Campbell.

Goldfinch hatchlings I stumbled upon while chasing butterflies.  Look at those eyebrows!

Abandoned in Grant County.

Sunflowers and rainbows near Twin Brooks, SD.

After the storm east of Dell Rapids, SD.

Mirrored sunset in Scotts Slough northwest of Hartford, SD.

A nice Aurora display above Zoar Lutheran of rural Day County, SD.

Sunset over grazing Bison in Moody County, SD.

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