Saturday, July 27, 2013


     A couple of weeks ago my family and I went on our first big family vacation. We loaded into our car in the early morning hours of July 6 and didn't stop until we got to our destination — South Dakota. 
     It wasn't my first time there, I was there when I was about 12-years-old when I went with my brothers and my mother. 
    It was a blast getting back there to see all the sights. My kids really enjoyed the time out there as it was their first out-of-state voyage. 
    It was a photographer's dream everywhere we went out there too. The Badlands located between Sioux Falls and Rapid City in South Dakota is a sight to be seen. Vibrant colors at different times of the day, awesome rock formations, cliffs, vibrant-green plants.
    There was also Mount Rushmore, which always lends itself to great photos, from far away, or up close.
     We also visited an 1880s Town along I-90 between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. That was awesome to see and get photos at as well, all the wagons out there, the old buildings, the folks walking around dressed in old-west outfits.
    We also visited Custer State Park and saw herds of buffalo and more awesome scenics areas.
    It's an area that I could see myself moving to once I get old enough to retire -- in 30 to 40 years.
    Here are some of my favorite images from our trip out west. You can also see more on my website at and by clicking on "Projects" at the top.


     Well this week I broke No. 100 in my "Photo a Day" project where I take and share one photo a day via Facebook, Twitter and my webpage. The photo must be in B&W and something different each day.
     I honestly didn't think I would make it to No. 100 with how tough some of the days have been, but other days it's been super easy finding an image.
     No. 100 was an image of wild berries growing on a bush out at my aunt's house.
     So far in this project, I've made some very cool images. I'll be posting some of my favorites recently along with this blog post. Other days, I wish I could have back, but that's the fun in doing a project like this, finding something new everyday.
     This project has also helped me bring the joy back to photography. It allows me to be creative and give others a chance to see something in a new way.
     Just 200-some photos left to go until the end of this project. Summer is coming to a close in the next couple of weeks and then we'll change seasons. It's going to be fun getting photos the next coming weeks.