Golden morning

Fortunately, the sun still laying low on the horizon when I arrived at the Arboretum. I quickly drove to the bottom of the hill, in an effort to get a unique vantage point within the trees. Everything was still looking good as I pulled along side of the field.

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Winter at the Falls

The falls are a favorite place of mine to photograph. It brings families and individuals together. I get to see so many people from all walks down there. We have met locals and visitors. Families and couples. Many other photographers and anglers. Kids fearlessly climb the rocks, and mothers fearfully tell them to be careful. Dogs greet me as I walk, and their owners smile as I pet them. Couples & families take selfies, and I offer to take their photos for them. Just a friendly and welcoming environment. 

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Turn out the light

Attention all Kmart shoppers. I grew up shopping at in Kmart. I grew up seeing the Blue Light Special. I rode the mini mechanical rides out front and placed things on lay-away. My Kmart had a cafeteria and a deli. We would occasionally get food from the cafeteria, although more commonly getting sandwiches to go from the deli.

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Robots and Agility

This past weekend, my son Carter had his first, and possibly final, First Tech Challenge competition of the year. It was in Lincoln, NE where his team (the Fellowship of the Loose Screws) has always been welcome and they have always had a good time. There are no tournaments in South Dakota, so our team has to travel out-of-state to compete in the hopes that they will qualify to go to the next Regional rounds.

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It’s all relative

New Underwood – 31 miles. Rapid City – 50 miles. Hot Springs – 100 miles.

These are mile markers found along Interstate 90 heading west. They are all towns in South Dakota. Towns that I have been to. Towns that are part of my history. Towns that my family have lived in.

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Natural glitter

I’m riding in the backseat of a car, writing another story, when I look out the window at the passing landscape and I am amazed at the beauty of South Dakota.

The prairie is snow-covered and wind-swept. The snow glistens like glitter-speckled glass. The wind has made it so smooth that the sun reflects effortless from it.

Parts of the snow is not deep enough to cover the sagebrush, and it pokes out from its white cover. It cases snow to drift slightly behind it, making it appear rough and bubbly. Where the snow is deeper, it covers all, making a smooth white blanket that continues on until the distant end.

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Leather and Ozone

Reader’s Digest asked it’s readers to finish the following question “The smell of my childhood is…” Leather and ozone. Growing up, I lived near a store named Haggerty’s Department Store in Rapid City. Haggerty’s was a local department store that carried clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, home goods, and musical instruments in the back. The also carried […]

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