Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of December 2014

Swedona Church (rural Brandon, SD) at sunset - December 5th
Here are 12 favorites from December.  For the most part it was a cloudy and dreary month in South Dakota.  I was fortunate enough to be able to visit family in Southern California over the holidays and in doing so, took some time to explore Death Valley National Park as well as Joshua Tree National Park.  I learned the desert at sunrise and sunset are just as magical as anywhere on the great plains.  Look for more posts with images from the high desert soon!  As always, click on a photo for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

Ceder Waxwing feeding at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Ceder Waxwing posing at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

Zion Lutheran at sunset in rural Roberts County

An abandoned homestead with frosted trees on a dreary December day just west of Enemy Swim Lake 

The standing remains of Concordia Pioneer Lutheran in rural Roberts County

Sand Dunes and hikers at Death Valley National Park near to sunset

I was lucky to find a semi-friendly road runner which allowed me to get a this close-up.

The first light of day on Telescope Peak above Death Valley

Sunrise at Joshua Tree National Park

Pre-dawn clouds above the Cholla Cactus region of Joshua Tree

On my last day in Los Angeles we visited a botanical garden that was full of hummingbird activity