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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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A patch of black-eyed Susan along the hiking trail at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

The Season of Color

July 29, 2015
South Dakota is most vibrant during summer.

Evening light painted a passing rain cloud above historic Peace Valley Lutheran of northeast Harding County.

On the Open Road

June 29, 2015
Watching spring give way to summer on an 1,100-mile trip across South Dakota.

Late afternoon along the road through Union Grove State Park.

A Walk in the Woods

May 27, 2015
South Dakota’s forests are like a fantasy land.

Dakota Awakening

April 23, 2015
Grass is greener, the sky seems bluer and creatures are happy when spring arrives.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The bluff from which its stones were quarried stands to the right.

Rock Solid Faith

April 9, 2015
Three historic stone churches stand as tributes to our beliefs.

Reflected clouds at Falls Park.

Upon Further Reflection

February 25, 2015
Water and ice make photos twice as nice.

An abandoned schoolhouse in north Codington County taken on Jan. 10.

Only the Best

February 3, 2015
How Ansel Adams inspires a South Dakota photographer.

Bison in heavy snow along Custer State Park’s Wildlife Loop Road.

My Snow Day

November 25, 2014
Exploring the Southern Hills amidst the season’s first snowfall.

Morning light on Spearfish Falls.

The Golden Season

October 20, 2014
Autumn in South Dakota provides visual poetry.

July’s super moon with two farm silos southeast of Garretson.

Off the Beaten Path

September 29, 2014
Photographic treasures live on roads less traveled.

An approaching storm over Highway 212 in Codington County.

Beauty in the Storm

August 26, 2014
When you endure South Dakota’s fickle summers, storms can be a blessing.

The inside of a bloodroot flower, taken at Newton Hills State Park.

Dirty Work

July 7, 2014
Wildflowers are beautiful, but photographing them can be challenging.

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.

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