[7/50] South Dakota

South Dakota is an odd state on this list because two things come to mind when I think South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore and badlands. I have a few photos of South Dakota, none of them are of Mt. Rushmore or badlands, but I think that they are fairly representative of the state I saw. And all of them were taken during my one and (so far) only trip to South Dakota during our first cross-country move in 2010.

This first photo is one of my favorites, it was just outside of Spearfish, SD. I had just found out that Les had lost my debit card, we were behind schedule and we saw this beautiful sunrise. Les drove on ahead and I pulled off into a field and got the camera out. I was insanely tired, and every photo I took had the sky washed out and the field perfect or the field black and the sky looking amazing, so instead of turning on my brain and changing some settings on the camera, I left it in program mode, knelt down and shot the sky through the grass, it showed the prettiness of the sunrise and gave some context to where I was seeing it from. I saw a lot of grass in South Dakota.

Sunrise outside of Spearfish, South Dakota
Sunrise outside of Spearfish, South Dakota

We did stop in Pierre to go to a bank (lost debit card and all), but for the most part, what I saw in South Dakota was grass and farm scenes, and big empty spaces.

This is pretty much what I was expecting South Dakota to look like, and much of it did.
This is pretty much what I was expecting South Dakota to look like, and much of it did.
Roadside scene in South Dakota
Roadside scene in South Dakota

A lot of South Dakota is reservation land, we drove through some, but I didn’t get any photos. However many of the places we stopped had nods to Native heritage.

TeePee monument outside the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Chamberlain, SD.
Tepee monument outside the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Chamberlain, SD.
View from underneath the monument.
View from underneath the monument.

I do hope to go Back to South Dakota one day, mostly to see the Badlands, they look interesting. I don’t have a lot of desire to see Mt. Rushmore, but we might go just to say we’ve done it.

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