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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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Post sunset colors make a unique backdrop for Skresfrud Lutheran Church in Lincoln County.

Capturing the Old and Weathered

March 5, 2013
Symbolic structures of our past, while old and weathered, often make the best photo scenes of South Dakota.

Visitors enjoy the indoor tropical garden at Sertoma s Flight Room, where the temperature is always around 85 degrees. (Click image to view larger slideshow)

Our Butterfly House

February 18, 2013
Beat the South Dakota winter blues with a visit to the Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove in Sioux Falls.

Sunset through the trees in  northern Minnehaha County. Click to enlarge photos.

The Mood of Deep Winter

February 4, 2013
The clash of warm sunsets and bitter cold makes South Dakota's harshest season one of its most beautiful.

It's Never Too Cold

January 21, 2013
Searching for bright cardinals, majestic eagles and other winter birds is fun no matter what the temperature may be.

The Elks Club

January 7, 2013
Wind Cave National Park should be as famous for its wildlife as it is for its underground passageways.

A Slideshow of Christmas Memories

December 24, 2012
Reflecting on the gifts of Christmases past...and the gift of the present moment. 

Shooting the Great Wide Open

December 10, 2012
Three tips show how to capture the big, open feel of South Dakota in photos.

A lone tree at sunset near Skunk Creek just east of Hartford, SD. Click to enlarge photos.

No Two the Same

November 26, 2012
South Dakota sunsets provide some of nature's best shows — and they're all different.

A lone windmill a few miles north of Chancellor. Click to enlarge photos.

In Search of the Lone Prairie Windmill

November 12, 2012
Nothing sets off a South Dakota sunset like these iconic pieces of South Dakota's agricultural past.

An abandoned home along Highway 12, a few miles south of Java. Click to enlarge photos.

Horror on the Hill

October 30, 2012
Pictures from South Dakota's abandoned places inspired this fictional tale of small town terror.

Custer's Four Seasons

October 15, 2012
South Dakota's first and biggest state park is full of surprises all year round.

Roughlock Falls Nature Area in autumn s full array. Click to enlarge photos.

Spellbinding Spearfish Canyon

October 1, 2012
Every South Dakotan should experience autumn's beauty at this "must see" destination. 

Elusive Monarchs

September 17, 2012
Spooky, spectacular Sica Hollow is visually stunning even when you miss the annual butterfly migration.

The Pleasure's in the Details

September 4, 2012
Nature's rich colors and textures delight visitors to Lake Alvin and the new Blood Run Nature Area.

Magic Moments at Little Moreau

August 20, 2012
Special summer memories from the shortgrass hills of Dewey County.

Rediscovering an Old Friend

August 6, 2012
Hartford Beach State Park, located along the shore of Big Stone Lake, is a peaceful haven for hikers and campers.

Water skiing, as seen from the eastern bluffs of Snake Creek Recreation Area. Click to enlarge photos.

Keeping Cool in a Great Lake

July 23, 2012
Snake Creek and Buryanek Recreation Areas are perfect spots for cooling off on hot summer days.

Moonrise above Bear Butte. Click to enlarge photos.

The Rugged Spirituality of Bear Butte

July 9, 2012
A deeply spiritual spot beckons travelers to Meade County with its rough beauty and vibrant history.

The Hidden Beauty of Lake Hiddenwood

June 25, 2012
The Hiddenwood Creek Valley of north central South Dakota is home to a lushly forested gem of a state park.

Metalsmithing is hot work. Click to enlarge photos.

A Trip Back in Time

June 11, 2012
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival brings the Dakota Territory of the 1860s back to life.

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