Photographer's Note

Dakota Dawn in Purple.

Lake Mitchell - Mitchell, South Dakota.

Hey it is my 50th post .. and you know I came to this realization today that what TE was really missing would be images of sunrises over water ... no - I just wanted to take a moment to express my profound thanks to all of you for your helpful advice and friendship.

If it looks familiar this is the same dawn as my post Dakota Dawn

This is a bunch more zoom and just a bit earlier than that post is always amazing to me how quickly things change at a sunrise .. the sun being just enough below the horizon here that it doesn't silhouette the trees and gives that wonderful shade to the sky (but doesn't make the clouds as wonderfully accented as they will me in a few minutes) ...

The funny story here is that I was all set up about a quarter mile back from here and decided that spot was not working well and was rushing back to my car when I saw this comp. off the fishing bridge over the marsh at the lake margin and took this set.

Ruthlessly pasted from another Lake Mitchell shot - Dakota Autumn:

This a quiet place down the road from my parents place .. when I am home I can often sneak off for a quiet morning or two here and get some good practice with the camera .. this is one of my favorite spots on the lake.

South Dakota is most often associated with the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore .. or Native American culture .. or for those of us with cameras maybe the Badlands .. all of these things are found in the vast arid ranch land that makes up the "West River" half of the state ... I grew up in "East River" South Dakota .. a humid farming area similar to Minnesota and Iowa ..

From an earlier image:
My dad is a historian and archeologist. In
the early 1970s he excavated a prehistoric probably pre Mandan village
on the lake. Now there is a major dig on the site .. but a good portion of the site goes under this man made lake. The burial grounds are under the local golf course .. which is why it has such nice rolling hills (sarcasm). I guess we call all this progress

again thank you all .. hope to have many more.


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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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