Thursday, April 30
I went back to Canyon Lake today, and stopped for a third time on the hillside on the loop road. It was mid morning and the pasqueflowers were mostly closed up in buds. The bud shot (center) is the same cluster as in the photo of open flowers.
Wednesday, April 29
Monday, April 27
Friday, April 24
Thursday, April 23
Wednesday, April 22
Monday, April 20
This is Cathedral Spires, one of many areas in the park with a hiking trail. This trail is strenuous, not something I plan to take on anytime soon!
The Needles Highway curves and winds through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations called 'needles.' One of the most prominent rock formations on the Highway is the Needle's Eye, reaching 30 to 40 feet in the air with a 3 foot wide slit.
Saturday, April 18
Friday, April 17
(Left) This is an interesting, large seed pod Jayne and I found at the Cascade Falls area (south of Hot Springs) this winter. C Falls is at the very south end of the Black Hills, an area more desert-like than the rest of the B Hills. I have no clue what this is....but it rang a distant bell.....
Tuesday, April 14
Sunday, April 12
We aren't celebrating Easter today, but we will be celebrating Orthodox Easter next Sun. with George the Greek, and his family. Hopa!
Saturday, April 11
Jayne and I (it's a given she was w/ me) cashed in a two'fer coupon for milkshakes on the way home, throwing an order of fries in for good measure, at Arnold's, a 50's style diner, incl. waitresses in poodle skirts.
Did I mention that the So. Dakota wind has returned from its leisurely winter vacation? And, in a day or three, so will our hellacious lightning storms...I used to love the show, but we were struck last year and the garage-door opener was fried, so I'm not as big a fan as I used to be...or as brave.
Friday, April 10
Ruben and I also went for a ride today in his recently-purchased mini beemie, which isn't getting much use in winter...rode west to Spearfish for lunch, then back to Rapid City and south along Sheridan Lake Rd. We saw lots and lots of deer feeding on the exposed, greening grass. And wild turkeys, and some big horn sheep near Hill City. All hopeful signs that winter WILL end and we'll have summer before too long...I don't think we'll have much spring at all, at this point!
Thursday, April 9
Wednesday, April 8
Tuesday, April 7
I'm working on a photo memory book online finally, one that showcases all my favorite wildflower photos from '07 and '08 in one place. The 10 cheapie booklets I have already just don't cut it. I guess I'll do a seperate scenery and/or wildlife book, too.
Jayne and I plan on another field trip this weekend; can't wait! Ruby Vee is itching to go too...that's my tough little Honda CR-V, which, of course, is ruby slipper red. She totally gets me.
Monday, April 6
No snow is predicted for the next week, at least. I think if we have another storm, the police are going to start responding to an overload of cabin fever chaos that would rival that seen in "The Shining." Good forecast for this weekend, though, hooray! I'm getting my camera polished and ready...photo pal Jayne has been notified (warned?)...
Saturday, April 4
I was stunned to see the mail lady delivering the mail earlier! Junk mail and a bill...it's not worth it! Mark that off my list of great career choices in S. Dakota...