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Christian Begeman

Photography Columnist

Christian Begeman grew up in Isabel and now lives in Sioux Falls. When he's not working at Midcontinent Communications he is often on the road photographing our prettiest spots around the state. Follow Begeman on his blog,

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This male American Redstart was singing along a horse trail at Newton Hills.

Sounds of Spring

June 2, 2014
Songbirds add a joyful noise to the new season.

A displaying prairie chicken in the tall grass.

The Chicken Dance

May 13, 2014
Watching this springtime ritual can be fascinating and spiritual at the same time.

Searching for Spring

April 29, 2014
Our photographer finds signs of renewal amidst winter's final snowflakes.

On my first visit to Silver Lake, I was lucky enough to have a bald eagle fly almost directly over me.

Silver Lake Wildlife

March 26, 2014
Our photographer went to find bald eagles and discovered much more at the lake north of Freeman.

Faith United Lutheran Church and a rainbow.

Prairie Sanctuaries

February 26, 2014
Rural churches offer beauty and solemnity unmatched in other South Dakota subjects.

Trumpeter swans take flight at LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge near Martin.

Winter is for the Birds

January 28, 2014
Photographing birds in South Dakota's parks is challenging, but rewarding.

An early December sunset captured near Hartford, South Dakota. Click to enlarge photos.

Photography in Long Underwear Season

December 30, 2013
Bundle up and experience the beautiful side of South Dakota's harsh winter weather.

West River Photo Hunt

December 4, 2013
No animal is off limits when your weapon is a camera.

Pillars of Light

November 18, 2013
Witness the heavenly beauty of the northern lights in South Dakota's skies.

Fall scene in Brookings County. Click to enlarge photos.

Fall Medicine

November 4, 2013
A day spent in search of southeastern South Dakota's autumn beauty is good for the soul.

West River's Fleeting Fall Color

October 7, 2013
Capturing autumn's splendor at Sage Creek Wilderness, Vanocker Canyon, Slim Buttes and Foster Bay.

Another Good Day in the Badlands

September 16, 2013
Custer called it "a part of hell with the fires burned out," but modern travelers think the Badlands is a great place to visit.

Atop “the wall” looking westward just before sunset. Click to enlarge photos.

Grand River's Wall

September 3, 2013
To truly appreciate southwestern Corson County's beauty, it's best to take it slow.

Early morning view of the Sand Hills of South Dakota. Click to enlarge photos.

Dakota's Other Dunes

August 20, 2013
Once a desert, the Sand Hills in Bennett County are now an oasis for migrating birds and other wildlife.

The west side of Slim Buttes bathed in the light of the evening sun. Click to enlarge photos.

Harding County Treasures

August 5, 2013
Northwestern South Dakota is rich with beauty and scenery at Slim Buttes, the Cave Hills and the Jumpoff. 

Early morning at the lower falls of the Big Sioux in Sioux Falls. Click to enlarge photos.

Sioux Quartzite's Ancient Beauty

July 22, 2013
This hard pink stone forms some of Minnehaha County's most dramatically beautiful scenic spots.

The natural rodeo bowl of Crystal Springs Rodeo near Clear Lake, South Dakota. Click to enlarge pictures.

Coteau Rodeo

July 8, 2013
Get a taste of the Coteau Hills at the Crystal Springs Rodeo, a beloved northeastern South Dakota tradition.

Where the Mighty Mo Bends

June 25, 2013
Wildflowers flutter on the bluffs above the Missouri River's twists and turns.

A fence line accentuates the green prairies that border the Hogback near St. Onge. Click to enlarge pictures.

Between the Prairies and the Mountains

June 11, 2013
The Hogback and the Racetrack, two landforms that surround the Black Hills, are bio-diverse areas full of wildflowers and wildlife.

Rediscovering the Spirit of Exploration

May 28, 2013
Jutting out from the Clay County prairie, Spirit Mound lures nature lovers as it once did Lewis & Clark.

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