A Time to Love

After leaving the Badlands, Dan and I (along with Tindra) spent the next few days in and around Custer, SD.  This was Tindra’s last trip with us and we were so grateful that we had this time with her. The magical views of the Black Hills National Forest never do get old.  The Black Hills get their name from the Lakota Sioux, “Paha Sapa”, meaning the hills are black. From a distance, the hills of this area do appear black due to the towering Ponderosa Pine forest; however, up close, these forests are teeming with color.

Needles Highway is another favorite of mine. Completed in 1922, the highway is named after the needle-like granite rock formations that were carved over many years by erosion.  Such beauty is found in this area and surprises are noticed around every turn.

We camped out for the week, but decided to move into a log cabin when a snow storm hit the area leaving 3-4” of the fluffy white stuff.  The snow blanketed the Pines in the Black Hills creating a peacefulness that I will never forget…  A Time to Love.

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12 thoughts on “A Time to Love

  1. el Zaphod says:

    Incredible , wonderful work here 🙂

  2. avian101 says:

    Great photos Cynthia! You’ve capture the raw beauty of the Black Hills, I’ve been there and know how much love there’s in Nature for all! 🙂

  3. Dan Traun says:

    Custer was by far my favorite part of the trip. The snow was a surprise to say the least and we made the best of it. It was gorgeous. Lovely photos honey.

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Gorgeous, inspiring images, Cynthia. Your nature close-ups are awesome….fabulous light and mood. I can’t get over the horse’s blue eyes among other surprises. Marvelous set.

  5. I enjoyed quite a few photos in this set Cynthia. The animal shots were some of my favorites (especially 4582 & 4646), and the shot with you and Tindra is great as well! That horse is almost scary looking, those eyes are so brilliant…

  6. Make Something Mondays says:

    Looooving the tunnel and bridge shots. The horses eyes are soooo blue, too! The way you capture the scene is always amazing to me. Great shots.

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