Few places have stirred my emotions like the time I visited Wounded Knee, South Dakota. This is a very somber place that marks two very sad moments in our history. Native Americans have been treated very poorly in our history and still do not have a fair voice in our society as of today. I strongly recommend anyone visiting the Great American Landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills in and around Rapid City to take the extra time to drive out to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and visit the Wounded Knee site. You truly can’t know greatness until you also understand the mistakes that were made along the way to obtain that greatness. Here is more information on the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Photography from the year 2011.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is located just outside of Rapid City. I visited this park a few times while living there. Everytime I visited I was not disappointed. I took these photos during the Winter of 2011. I virtually had the park to myself and the lighting couldn’t have been better. This is one of those days that I remember very well, because I had such a good time. For more information Badlands National Park, South Dakota please click the link.
This was a pro surfer competition in Ocean Beach, California. I hadn’t moved to California yet and was just visiting when I saw this event. It was a unique experience for me as I stood on the beach shoulder to shoulder with professional sports photographers. Sports photography has always been an interest of mine. I enjoy capturing the action and being on location. Who know? Maybe someday I’ll pursue it. These photos were taken with my Canon 60D.