You can't beat South Dakota for amazing sunsets. This June was no exception. Here are a couple of the scenes I was able to capture this month. Enjoy!
The 3 shots below were all taken on the same night in early June in roughly the same area. This is Skunk Creek before it hits Sioux Falls just east of the Ellis area. Watching the colors evolve and trying to capture them is both fun and challenging. In hindsight, I wish I would have stayed in my first location throughout the evening but impatience was my downfall... I kept thinking the sunset was over and then the sky would change color again. Live and learn!
I hiked the "Hall of Giants" trail at the Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon and was able to capture this late day sunburst through the branches of one of the giant cottonwoods along the path.
One of the more breathtaking sunsets of the month happened just on the south boundary of Fort Pierre National Grasslands. As I was driving I had a hunch that the clouds and sun would put on a show so I hustled to an abandoned farm house I had noted on an earlier trip to get this shot. It is made up of 3 images bracketed and merged in photoshop in order to get detail in the clouds and building.
As good as the sunset was above, I really think the next night's was even better. I was driving away from the Slim Buttes in northwestern SD when the sky starting popping. I was lucky enough to drive by this prairie pothole filled with absolutely still water for an amazing mirror effect. I love how the colors change in just a few minutes time. I can't decide if I like the orange-red or purple-pink version better.