Dignity, 50′ high statue near I 90, Chamberlain, SD
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As you approach the Missouri River in South Dakota you see this 5-‘ statue titled Dignity near I 90.
I recently met up with some friends at a COE campground right on the Missouri River near Ft. Thompson in SD. Lovely campground with electric hookups at each site. Normally that wouldn’t be a selling point with me but the temperatures were abnormally high and being able to run the AC made the stay much more pleasant.
We traveled over to Chamberlain to explore the town. The Atka Lakota Museum and Center was very interesting and educational.
Later one afternoon the camp host came around warning us that a severe thunderstorm was headed towards the area. Everyone prepared by putting everything away, and watched the storm approach with
impressive lightning and thunder. After it passed we went out to see if anyone had been affected. The setting sun was lighting up some clouds across the river. None were but I realized that the storm was SE of us and the lightning was still pretty impressive. Needless to say I got out the tripod and camera and spent quite a while with a front row seat so to speak.
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Rolling hills in South Dakota
Crossing SD into Montana it was rolling hills country, some stock, usually Black Angus beef, and pasture with some cultivated land. Once I got into Montana I decided to take a couple of “back roads” which took me through farmland and up closer to the ranches and small towns than staying on the interstate highway would have. The roads were in excellent condition, straight and with speed limits of 70 I could easily maintain the 62 mph that I would have done on the interstate.
Interesting building in Lavinia, MT/
Would be really interesting to know the history of this building. I passed some very picturesque old barns but there wasn’t any way I could pull over and take photos.
On up into the hilly part of MT and then down into the prairie. I stayed at the Cracker Barrel in Billings, MT, after getting some last minute items at the Walmart in town. This morning, June 3, I was up and on the road early. Made such good time I crossed into Canada and was able to get a spot in a nice community campground for the night 2 hours north of the border. Border crossing was fast and easy, I think the man asked me 6 questions, most of which were answered with “no” and I was waived on.
I noticed once I got north of Billings the grain elevators were much different than the ones I’ve seen south of there, maybe because of the different grains stored?
Grain Elevators near Shelby, MT
Will be heading up to Banff NP on Wednesday. Weather has been a variety of rain, sun, cold, wind. Hoping for some nice weather now.
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The adventure has begun. I decided to stop at Badlands NP on the way to Alaska. Back in 2012 I visited here for a few days and since I’ve started doing night photography I thought this area would provide some impressive foregrounds for the Milky Way. Unfortunately Mother Nature isn’t up on the game plan. The last 2 nights were cloudy, so I made the best of it and got some nice images of lightning over the area.
At Pinnacles Overlook
Storm clouds and lightning over the Badlands.
There has been some sunshine and the Big Horn sheep have been in their usual location so I tried using my new-to-me telephoto and am pleased with the results. The young ones are fun to watch as they romp around. They romp with abandon for a while then crash and sleep.They’re also very curious and at one point got so close I couldn’t focus the lens, right about then one of the ewes came along and shooed them away.
A visit to the area isn’t complete unless you stop by Wall Drug in Wall, SD. It may have started out as one store but it has expanded over the years, now occupying many square feet, and carrying a large variety of items. As much fun as shopping is looking at the many displays.
Very intricate stained glass window above one of the entrances to Wall Drug.
Patience paid off and Sunday night I was able to photograph the Milky Way over some of the peaks in the park.
Milky Way over the Badlands, after moon set
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