Sunday, November 5, 2017

October 2017

Autumn color backlit by the evening sunshine at Fall Park, Sioux Fall, SD
The early part of October provided gorgeous color across the upper plains of South Dakota.  I didn't get out to explore it quite as much as I would have liked, but even so, there were plenty of photos to choose from when picking my favorite dozen of the month.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in! 

Minnehaha County farm county in early October

Sumac at Big Stone Lake

A late season skipper at Hartford Beach State Park

Sumac beauty at Hartford Beach State Park

A large garter snake soaking up the autumn sunshine amongst the fallen leaves

Sumac red

St. Joseph's Lutheran near Rosholt, SD

Palisades State Park

Falls Park

A curious Ruby-crowned kinglet at Newton Hills State Park

Historic Brown Earth Church of rural Grant County, SD taken in late October for a video series I've been working on for Prairie Sanctuaries.  Check out the video here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September 2017

Sunset over Spirit Mound in rural Clay County, SD
September in South Dakota is a joy for a rambling photographer like me.  Summer thunderstorms give way to soft fall evenings as the month progresses.  Birds and butterflies make their way through the state on their migrations south.  The leaves in the high country start to change in the latter weeks, paving way for a colorful October and cooler weather.  It was an exceedingly hard month to trim my favorites into 12 photos this time.  I started with nearly 80 photos and some were very hard to leave on the cutting room floor.  That is a good problem to have I guess.  As always, click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

A beam of aurora that made it's way almost directly overhead and westward early in the month... taken a few miles northwest of Hartford, SD

The Painted Lady Butterflies were particularly thick this month.  Here is one on a sunflower at Lake Herman State Park near Madison, SD

Sunrise through the tall grass at Mokoce Washte Native Prairie near Wall Lake, SD

White Pelican at sunset at Dewey Gevik Nature Area also near Wall Lake,  SD

A mountain bluebird amidst the fall colors of southern Lawrence County, SD

Spearfish Falls at Savoy, SD

First light on Badlands National Park

Badlands Bighorn in the early morning light

A favorite fall view from Vanocker Canyon in the northern Black Hills

Autumn evening above Lake Oahe in Campbell County, SD

The Missouri River hills in Campbell County, SD

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August 2017

Sunrise on a hazy morning at Badlands National Park
August of 2017 was a month dominated by road trips, interesting skies and the Great American Solar Eclipse.  From sunrise in the Badlands to storm clouds over the flatlands of Eastern SD, the views were spectacular as usual.  Sprinkle in a couple nice wildlife encounters... Like my first bobcat in the wild at Badlands National Park and a trip to Poole, NE for a glimpse at the total solar eclipse... It was quite a month.  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!

Evening storm cloud in Moody County

Rural sunset in Minnehaha County near Wall Lake, SD

Storm clouds brewing over Zell, SD

Evening thunderheads with lighting as seen south of Bridgewater, SD

Sunrise in Badlands National Park

Bobcat at Badlands National Park

Sunrise at Badlands National Park

American Bison dusting itself at Badlands National Park

A second after totality when the sun starting coming out of the moon shadow during the Great American Solar Eclipse as seen in Poole, NE

Full white rainbow, or fogbow above Lowry Pilgrim Community Church in Walworth County, SD

Monarch in migration mode at Sica Hollow State Park

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July 2017

Summer sunset over Lake Oahe near Bush's Landing in Sully County, SD
Even though I made two trips to the western part of the South Dakota this July, it feels like I didn't get out enough to take photos.  It was a busy month with my day job as well as working on some new personal video projects over at

Even though I was able to put some beauty in front of my lens once again and I'm thankful for that.  Here are my favorite 12 photos from July of 2017.  Click on an image for a larger file to view and thanks for checking in!

A Black Samson patch near Fort Meade

A harebell blossom in the Slim Buttes

Macro detail of a wild, white geranium in Spearfish Canyon

Ox-eye daisies with blue forget-me-nots in the background along Little Spearfish Canyon Creek

A vivid rainbow over Slim Buttes Lutheran church at sunset

Red colored rain behind Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Harding County, SD

Colorful clouds over the upper falls at Falls Park in Sioux Falls

Another shot of the upper falls

The Milky Way with some of the most concentrated lightning bug activity I've ever seen near Trent, SD

Mother and child in flight north of Pierre, SD

Velvet mule deer in Perkins County, SD

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.