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