Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Things to be careful of

Generally speaking, South Dakota is not a dangerous place. However, a little knowledge of what's out there can keep photographers from having the wrong kind of stories to tell when they get home.

I would have to guess the most common "injury" that happens in South Dakota is sunburn. It can get over 100 degrees in the height of the summer, so protect yourself from sunburn and dehydration if you are out hiking.

Also while hiking anywhere, keep an eye out for cactus. Some of the plants are fairly small, but you won't think that when a thorn goes right through your expensive leather hiking boot. It's a painful experience, let me tell you.

When climbing rocks for that perfect vantage point in the Needles or out onto a knife-edged ridge in the Badlands, be careful! You wouldn't be the first person to fall and break a leg.

We do have snakes. It's not that common to come across them, but just something to be aware of. Prairie rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in South Dakota, but all snakes can and will bite if provoked or startled. More information can be found here:


Anonymous said...

What about buffalo? They're all pretty tame aren't they?

Chad Coppess said...

Good point Tim. No, buffalo are not tame, and that will be subject of an upcoming post.