We took a Thanksgiving vacation to Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This trip included the Norbeck Scenic Byway through the Black Hills and a side trip to Badlands National Park.
To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Black Hills 2016-11 location gallery here. Click on any image below to see a larger version.
On the first night in the park, I got a chance to try out my new Vixen star tracker to shoot the night sky. This device allows the camera to follow the rotation of the earth and keeps the stars as points of light, even with a telephoto lens and two minute exposures. The results show real promise.
We were able to get some close-up shots of bighorn sheep and bison, and in some cases the animals were almost too close for comfort.
The geologic formations in the Badlands are truly fantastic, with layers of different colors and incredible eroded shapes.
Finally, we took a short side trip to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the most patriotic locations in the western U.S.
This trip provided a pleasant holiday getaway with several good photo opportunities.
To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Black Hills 2016-11 location gallery here.
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