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Forest, Rain, & Deer

Custer State Park
the Black Hills of South Dakota

The sun was just emerging to break up a heavy morning rain when I met this couple. Ended up with a hand held thing at ISO 200 (in my experience not a pretty thing on the Oly E300)

Custer State Park (and the adjacent Wind Cave National Park) is one of my favorite places in South Dakota. Away from the tourist traps surrounding Black Hills icons such as Deadwood and Mt. Rushmore .. Custer/Wind Cave is a hidden jewel .. thick woods .. beautiful lakes .. teeming with wildlife ..

This one of the best mornings of my year .. even with the rain ..
I had a dawn walk around the always beautiful Sylvan lake .. a dark moody drive through "the needles" .. met a couple bison along the road, some wild turkey, antelope, and numerous deer ..
(See the Black Hills theme - hopefully to the left)

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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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