Chadron State Park

Chadron State Park

What is not to love about Northwestern Nebraska.  In this view I hiked to the high points of the first state park in Nebraska and boy oh boy what views could be had.  It is about as green as it will ever be as the semi-arid region had 10 inches of rain the past month.  This morning I went out there was a heavy fog in the air and by the time I got to the park it was beginning to clear.  This shot is one of many I took while there that morning.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Another place I fell in love with for photography is Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.  The opportunities for captures there are never ending.  Rugged beauty of a forgiving and harsh place.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

The only day I was able to shoot during my 3 day weekend was Easter Sunday.  The past 2 days I was busy helping my dad prepare to move out of his house and into low income housing and spent a good part of the past couple days sorting through items to keep and sell.  I needed the shoot Sunday as it is stressful looking at all the memories of my Mom and Dad and knowing some of the things would have to be given up.

Sunday morning presented me with a halo around the sun shortly after sunrise at a mash just a few miles south of my home.  It  was a nice crisp morning to be out more like the first of March and not the first of April.  April fools…

Spring has Sprung?

Spring has Sprung?

Really the calendar tells me it is spring but Saturday the weather said no sir it is winter still.  The original forecast called for 5-8″ so I thought yeah I can deal with that, besides they have been wrong all winter and fell shot on the predicted amounts all season.

Well I got up at my normal 3:30AM time and looked outside and saw around 2″ of fresh snow on the ground.  Yep they are wrong again, around 4:30 my wife Sandy woke up and turned out our Jack Russell (JJ) and said it was snowing hard.  I checked the weather service and they were predicting up to 10″ now.

At 8AM I fired up the snow blower and blew 6″ of the white stuff away from the cars and part of the yard.  By 10AM they were now predicting 10-14″ in my area with locally higher amounts.  It finally tapered off at around 3PM and we had around 15″.  Back on blower detail once again.  All winter I ran the blower only 2 times total and this weekend I ran it 3 times.  I am ready for spring but it sure did leave a pretty scene on my Sunday morning drive.  Most gravel roads were still impassable but the main roads were good to go.

 

Ducks At Sunset

Ducks At Sunset

I went to the Big Marsh at sunset and managed to get this nice view of some ducks on an open spot of water.  When I first walked to the location they all left then slowly they came back one by one until there were enough to make this image.  I like the colors and reflections of this image on the open water.  An enjoyable experience.

Gravel Travel In Spring

Gravel Travel In Spring

Traveling gravel roads in Iowa after the spring thaw can bring about new challenges.  The roads become soft from the snow melt and the frost leaving the ground.  This road actually looks worse for wear than it really was and was fairly easy to navigate.  I had to stop on top of this hill southwest of Kesley Iowa and take this shot looking east during this mornings sunrise.