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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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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.

The Elks Club

January 7, 2013
Wind Cave National Park should be as famous for its wildlife as it is for its underground passageways.

A Slideshow of Christmas Memories

December 24, 2012
Reflecting on the gifts of Christmases past...and the gift of the present moment. 

Shooting the Great Wide Open

December 10, 2012
Three tips show how to capture the big, open feel of South Dakota in photos.

A lone tree at sunset near Skunk Creek just east of Hartford, SD. Click to enlarge photos.

No Two the Same

November 26, 2012
South Dakota sunsets provide some of nature's best shows — and they're all different.

A lone windmill a few miles north of Chancellor. Click to enlarge photos.

In Search of the Lone Prairie Windmill

November 12, 2012
Nothing sets off a South Dakota sunset like these iconic pieces of South Dakota's agricultural past.

An abandoned home along Highway 12, a few miles south of Java. Click to enlarge photos.

Horror on the Hill

October 30, 2012
Pictures from South Dakota's abandoned places inspired this fictional tale of small town terror.

Custer's Four Seasons

October 15, 2012
South Dakota's first and biggest state park is full of surprises all year round.

Roughlock Falls Nature Area in autumn s full array. Click to enlarge photos.

Spellbinding Spearfish Canyon

October 1, 2012
Every South Dakotan should experience autumn's beauty at this "must see" destination. 

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