These were some of the last clouds of August, taken mid-afternoon. It's not often that I shoot clouds without something else in the frame, but these were just too cool. I also threw on a couple of filters to get better color, contrast, and some lens flares.
North Dakota skies are fantastic, no two ways about it. Whether they're clear or cloudy, we've got it good.
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On this month's calendar, I included a photo taken from a barn at Papa's Pumpkin Patchlast year. This year's season opens September 14th and runs until October 18th, by the way.
Click here to download a printable calendar in PDF format.
If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, you're good to go. It may take a little bit for the program to load, but the file should download reasonably quickly. Click on the icon below to download the free Adobe Reader if necessary.
When you print the PDF, fold along the lines and tape or staple at the bottom. You will then have a free-standing desk calendar with a reminder of the smiling faces you'll find at Papa's Pumpkin Patch in a couple of weeks.
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The latest issue of the Dakota Beacon is available now! The cover photo is one that I literally risked life and limb for, as a thunderstorm was bearing down on me and caught me offguard. The last place I wanted to be was atop a hill, next to a tall metal object! I snapped the photos and high-tailed it out of there.
I recommend subscribing to the Beacon despite ample available free copies. Just like I foot the bill for this website, publisher Steve Cates invests so much of his own time and money into making the Beacon available across North Dakota. It's well worth the $20, if you ask me. Subscription instructions are given inside the front cover.
To see and read more about the thunderstorm which gave me the opportunity to vie for this month's cover photo pick, click here.
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I see these tractors every time I head toward Lincoln on south 66th Street. They're parked in such a way that a photo of them is a little tricky; there's other stuff in the background, there are trees interfering with the light, and their arrangement is set. Nevertheless, I stop on occasion to try a new idea when I'm on the way to visit friends living in Lincoln. Sometimes, like this example, I play with the light in Photoshop. A challenge is usually a good thing, especially in photography!
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Remember those doves that I posted about a few days ago? Well, they appear to be doing better! The mom huddled atop her babies for a few days, and they are doing well. They've been hiding around the yard and eating from a plate of wild bird seed that we have left out for them. First we saw only the mom, then the mom and one of the little ones. I don't know for sure what happened to the third. Now they're all gone, presumably having moved on to someplace better. We did our part to help nurse the poor little birds along after they were blown out of their nest...now the rest is up to the normal course of nature.
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