Photographer's Note


Lake Mitchell
Mitchell, South Dakota

A few moments after my previous post. My last sunrise and sunset for a bit .. I promise : P

I was so pleased watching the rays of the previous post .. I had actually walked back across the bridge to shoot the creek then turned around to see that the light evolved one more wonderful step just before the sun broke above the clouds. I raced back across the bridge to the narrow walkway on the lake margin side .

Awaiting the sunrise here with my camera has turned into a ritual whenever I return home for a visit. I have found that the "fishing bridge" at the lake margin where Firesteel Creek enters Lake Mitchell is my favorite vantage point.

This was not a silent moment .. The bugs had awakened .. It is so much more humid here than Colorado .. I forget what swarms of mosquitos are like .. if anything there were more feasting swallows darting in and over and under the bridge than mosquitos .. A large number of my shots contained numerous blurred birds.

I think of South Dakota in three geographic regions .. In the far west are the very distinctive Black Hills ... The rest of the state is divided by the Missouri River .. "West River" is a dry land of large cattle ranches, Indian reservations, and badlands. "East River" (where I grew up .. and this is shot) is like a little cousin to neighboring Minnesota .. humid farmland pocketed by an infinite number of lakes.

It is always sad to me that with all the natural beauty I find in South Dakota the whole tourist industry of the state is centered on kitsch tourist traps designed to snare the traveler on the way to Mount Rushmore ..

Which Fugue? .. I think the D# minor from book 1 of Das Wohltemperierte Clavier. A very special piece to me. Especially the Glen Gould recording.

I didn't notice while watching in person .. but as soon as I opened this in photoshop I saw a butterfly .,. and now I can't shake the image.


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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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