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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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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.

Spring Journal for 2013

May 13, 2013
Scenes from South Dakota's slow transition into spring.

Sage Grouse: Living on the Edge

April 30, 2013
Despite an uncertain future, sage grouse enact their spring courtship ritual on the Butte County prairie.

Spring's Sweet Song

April 15, 2013
The meadowlark's tune is one of South Dakota's signs of spring.

Comet Chasing

March 18, 2013
Christian Begeman searched for celestial visitor Pan-STARRS in Aurora County's night skies.

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.

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