Faves of 3Q 2016

Third Quarter 2016 was photographically slow starting out. My wife had just passed and I was busy taking care of her estate. And at that time, my desire to get out and photograph was at a new, all-time low. But after a lot of soul searching, I knew I had to return to what was previously my passion. I also came to grips that my late wife would not have wanted me to stop what we both enjoyed doing so much. As such, I decided to visit the Badlands NP in August to photograph the Perseids meteor shower above the beautiful, colored rocks of the park. The Badlands had always been a favorite destination for both my wife and me. Here’s a few images captured during that 4-day trip:

Star Trails captured over Badlands NP

Star Trails captured over Badlands NP

Perseids Meteor Shower over Badlands NP

Perseids Meteor Shower over Badlands NP

Perseids Meteor Shower over Badlands NP

Combining several images into one, I put together this image with multiple meteors:

Perseid Meteors fly over the Badlands NP

Other Badland images include this Bighorn Sheep ewe and her young lamb:

Bighorn Sheep lamb nursing

Bighorn Sheep lamb nuzzling against mom

A grazing Pronghorn:

Pronghorn Antelope grazing on the prairie

A favorite wildflower of the Badlands, the Evening Starflower:

Evening Starflower wildflower

Evening Starflower wildflower

Evening Starflower wildflower

Badlands NP landscape

After the Badlands, it was back home and time for some late summer prairie wildflower photography. Multiple trips to Snowball Hill Prairie yielded several nice images, like these Monarch butterflies that were migrating southward for the winter:

Monarch butterfly on Sawtooth Sunflower

Monarch butterfly on Showy Goldenrod

Monarch butterflies on Showy Goldenrod

Monarch butterfly on Showy Goldenrod

Monarch butterfly on Blue Sage

A brialliant sunrise over Snowball Hill:

Sunrise over Snowball Hill Prairie (MO)

And from my new home butterfly garden:

Monarch butterfly

Red-spotted Purple butterfly

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

In the next post, I’ll feature some favorite trips and images from the 4th Quarter.

 

 

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