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 (  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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 2017

An unused barn in the still of a winter's night in rural Charles Mix County, SD

January was a tough month to get out and find photos for me.  There were a lot of dreary days and busy work to do inside.  With the short days and early sunsets, it was even tough to find the sun when it was actually clear outside.  I was able to take a couple weekend drives though and here are twelve of the best from the first month of 2017.  Click on image for a larger file to view and thanks for stopping by!

A male northern cardinal among some sumac at Big Sioux Recreation area near Brandon, SD

Sunset through the clock tower of the Old Courthouse Museum of Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

Deep snow and thick ice frame beautiful Zoar Lutheran of rural Day County, SD

Sunset at the church at Broomtree Retreat Center in Yankton County, SD

Sunset with a lone tree near Mayfield, SD

A winter hawk in flight in northeastern Sioux Falls, SD

A mature and juvenile bald eagle converge in flight to give an optical illusion of a three-legged, four-winged creature below the Fort Randall dam on the mighty Missouri River near Pickstown, SD

A juvenile Bald Eagle in flight below Fort Randall dam.

Sunset at Wewela Congregational church in southern Tripp County, SD

The sliver of a crescent moon above Wewela's church steeple

The winter milky way with clouds and a sighting of the Andromeda Galaxy (upper left) at an unused barn in rural Charles Mix County, SD