Beauty of The Black Hills captured by South Dakota hiker, photographer

January 11, 2011

Beauty of The Black Hills captured by South Dakota hiker, photographer
Joe Rainboth over at The Black Hills Travel blog, and an administrator on the Black Hills Facebook, regularly posts photos from the area.

The Black Hills are are a small, isolated mountain range which rises from the Great Plains in western South Dakota and extends into Wyoming. Because of its dark appearance from a distance as a result of the grouping of trees, the Lakota called the area "Paha Sapa," which translates as "Black Hills." It is a popular subject for photo enthusiasts.

Here are two photos from Mr. Rainboth: one from Terry Peak just before sunset and the other of a Sharp-tailed Grouse, which he photographed while out hiking.

"It blended right in with the snowy hillside and the bark of the tree," he said.

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