Shoegazing is a style of music from my beloved 1980s, basically because the artists would stare downward with appropriate angst while belting out their melodies on stage.  I could not ascertain what this windmill was focused on, but I doubt it had anything to do with Slowdive or My Bloody Valentine.

Silos – bad in intel, good in camera

The last thing we want in communications or intelligence gathering is a set of “silos” – self-contained paths of information that don’t share or combine with others – but they sure do look cool when they’re beside a lake on a beautiful North Dakota afternoon, with deep blue skies and puffy clouds overhead!

Keep on truckin’

Do I belie my 1970s upbringing with that post title?  Too bad.  My kids and I set out for this old Dodge with the intention of working the entire sunset with it as our subject.  It was a wonderful trip.  The kids are finally old enough to appreciate not only the photography aspect, but the beauty of hiking out in the middle of nowhere and exploring.


I have way more shots from this area than I’ve got the energy to post for now, but let it suffice to say that there was a different sunset in every direction. The first shot in this post shows the long, linear clouds that eventually blazed over Bismarck-Mandan at sunset.  This shot shows the brilliant pinks and purples that greeted us from the north; and my kiddos took plenty of shot featuring a blazing orange and gold sunset to the west (behind the camera in this shot).

Not only was this photo jaunt a success, but I have turned the corner with my kids as far as convincing them of the joys of rural photography.  Next time I head out roaming, I expect to have a couple of enthusiastic companions!  Maybe each with a camera of their own…


If you let yourself get distracted by that wonderful butte in the distance, or the view of the Missouri River valley past it, you might not even notice the little Fallen Farm tucked away in the trees on the lower left.


I haven’t asked for permission to enter this property yet, but it looks quite promising!  This is in a rather picturesque part of the county, where a guy with a camera could roam for a few days and not run out of ideas.  Although I may wish to wait until the snow melts next year before venturing off this way, even with my truck’s nigh invulnerability.

Little cottage

I’m not talking about the place with the best pancakes in Bismarck; rather, this quaint little building I found on a photo jaunt earlier this summer.  Isn’t it lovely?  I bet it would make a wonderful clubhouse…

Foggy memory

There was one perfectly foggy morning this summer where I was roaming northeast of Bismarck and got plenty of really cool shots.  As the sun came up and began to burn of the fog, this was one spot where it was still clinging to anything that could be loosely construed as a valley.


I thought I’d follow up Red with some Blue – although there’s plenty of red brick in this shot, too.  This house is built into a hillside and has a wonderful valley view.  Some of that brilliant blue paint still remains.  One of the houses I grew up in as a kid was painted this same color, by the way.  It really stands out.


Sammy Hagar could not be reached for comment.  Even though most of the prairie grasses and stalks of harvested crops are brown, I was able to find a brilliant red farm under a deep blue sky and with some rich green grass in the yard!  RGB.