Heil Church, North Dakota

Heil Church 1 Final

Heil Church 6 Final

 For more great shots of abandoned places and ghost towns, check out the websites Ghosts of North Dakota and Ghosts of North America!

Gone, But Unfortunately…Not Forgotten

The 70’s, the decade of bad fashion and design; cars included

AMC Gremlin

AMC Gremlin

 

 

My confession…A Mellow Yellow Gremlin was my very first car.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

Fermi Black and White

 

A drone took video over Chernobyl

I took photos at Fermi

I hope that’s the end of similarities

 

Fermi

Fermi

The Elements Converge

The elements converge to write the final chapter

Elemental Authors

Heil Church

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my favorite of holidays because it celebrates no one person or entity, I am almost always in the company of good friends a/o family and, good food is always an integral part of the festivities.  I wish all of you a happy day of giving thanks whether you celebrate the holiday in a traditional fashion or a form more tailored to specific beliefs or lifestyles.

 

Wild Tom Turkeys  May 14 (5) Final

Angle Parking on the Prairie

Who says I can’t park there?

Funny Place to Park Final

WPC:  Angular

A Moment

Loose Balloons 2 Final

Some moments…just SEEM more important than others.

Winter…and Nothing But

They told us we were moving to “The Banana Belt” of the Dakotas and granted, we DID have a beautiful fall but…BUT…I’ve been housebound the past week due to the accumulation of snow, wind and cold.  Schools have been delayed or closed twice in a week’s period; parts of the expressway keep closing.  The airport shut down.  Temperatures have been consistently below zero (at least at night) and my friends in Alaska are pointing their fingers and laughing.  Yesterday we had winds gusting up to 60 mph.  Banana belt…my butt!

 

Snow Meringue 3 B&W Final

To be fair, this photo was actually taken in North Dakota but, you get the drift…bwaa, haaa, haaa, haaa!

Martin, South Dakota

We had the most glorious fall here in the Black Hills, with warm temperatures and almost no rain.  That came to a screeching halt one week ago when winter replaced 60 degree temps with those below zero and, giving us our first precipitation in over a month – rain that switched over to six inches of snow in the middle of the night. No easing into the season for us.

After a week of hunkering down, shoveling snow and making soups, I decided to revisit a day trip from this past summer.  My partner’s beautiful daughter came to visit and it so happened that a dear friend of hers who grew up in South Dakota was also in state and she took us on a tour of her old stomping grounds near Martin, South Dakota.

 

 

Grinden School Martin South Dakota (1) Final

Grinden School, where our tour guide Mary, went to school, oh…a few years back.

Farmer Jenneca (3) Final

Jenneca, ready to head to town?

Another Little House on the Prairie Final

Just another little house on the prairie.

Old Hay Loader Final

Old hay loader

Stormy Skies Over Martin SD (5) Final

Thank you Mary, for taking us down these roads that took us back to the stories of your childhood!

The Natural World

So many subjects to choose from for this subject but…let’s stick with one thing I know and love…birds!

 

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Female Western Tanager

Female Western Tanager

 

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker

 

Photography 101: The Natural World