Category Archives: Sights

Bear Butte as seen from the Black Hills

Bear Butte

Bear Butte is one of the great landmarks of Western South Dakota. This 1400-foot-high butte is the core of an ancient volcano and is clearly visible against the wide open ranges. This view is from the Black Hills southwest of Sturgis. The hills look particularly

ICBM Launch Site

Cold War relic

There was a time when Western South Dakota was on the front lines of the Cold War and the relics of that time can be found on the prairies throughout the area. It was a time when acronyms like ICBM and MAD were well-known and

Spearfish Falls

Streams running high

  After getting nearly five inches of rain in the past few days, most of the streams in the Black Hills are running near capacity.

Fall colors Black Hills

Fall color in the Black Hills

Now that the sky is starting to clear after two days of rain, the fall colors in the Black Hills are starting to look good. This shot is of Pactola Lake looking north along the Black Hills Parkway (US385) between Hill City and Deadwood.

Two chipmunks in a snuggle

Alvin and Alvina

Cooler weather inspires cuddly chipmunks.  The heatwave of last week, 91 on the warmest day, is over and fall weather is starting to break out. This pair seems to have harvested a winter supply of pine nuts and is ready to cuddle up for the

It's been said that happy campers prefer beds.

Great for hoteliers

  So, if happy campers sleep in beds, one might wonder how they feel about rattlesnakes.  It’s been said that rattlesnakes are actually somewhat cuddly, occasionally slithering into an unoccupied sleeping bag.  So a word of advice. If you camp in rattlesnake infested areas, check

Badlands 2014

Badlands in green

Badlands of Western South Dakota are looking good this fall with unusually tall and green wild grasses.

Pink Cabin Road Black Hills South Dakota

Pink Cabin Road

Pink Cabin Road near Keystone is one of the shorter roads in the Black Hills. But the view is fantastic.  This road is a favorite with cyclists and motorbikers alike.

Barn swallows in Keystone

Back and happy

Look who’s back: Every year Keystone is visted by hoards of swallows who build their nests everywhere. They are actually fun to watch. Yes, the swallows have returned to Keystone although not everyone is happy about it.  It seems that this year they are nesting

Natural maze in the Black Hills

Here’s to healthy fun

If parents of young children today ever saw the playgrounds that many baby boomers remember, two words might come to mind: “Death Trap”. Playgrounds in the 1950s were industrial. Play things looked like they were built in locomotive factories. Swings had solid oak seats hung