Monday, November 21, 2011

An early winter morning in Custer State Park

November 21, 2011 - Catch the sunrise on a picturesque barn and Calamity Peak just west of Custer State Park...

Shoot sparkling water dripping off an icicle on the Stockade Lake drive.

Curse the photo gods when I'm not quite quick enough to catch a good shot of a coyote bounding through the snow.

Discover a large bull buffalo rummaging in the snow very close to the road near Blue Bell Lodge.

Curse the photo gods again when the memory card says "filled" just as I start to shoot a hawk flying over.

Smile as an antelope appears along the Wildlife Loop Road.

Smile even more as a turkey and grouse provide some fun shots.


Cap things off with a couple different whitetail bucks in the early morning light.


Thank the deer and the photo gods for a great morning and head off to the next adventure....

7 comments:

Jodene Shaw said...

Beautiful! My favorites are the crystals at stockade lake and that last deer shot.

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks Jodi!

pattyk said...

Love the barn...also the winter wildlife shots are great!

pattyk said...

Chad, is that barn west of Custer State Park hard to find?

Chad Coppess said...

Hi Patty,
No it's not. The barn is right along the highway about 3/4 mile west of the park entrance. I stopped along the shoulder to shoot that photo and didn't even have to get out of the car.

pattyk said...

Wow we have driven past it many times then. Wonder how I missed it cause I love old barns! Would that be the entrance that is east of the town of Custer? Or am I turned around in directions?
Thanks Chad!

Chad Coppess said...

Yep, you got it Patty. The Stockade Lake entrance is just east of the barn. Don't feel bad, I drove past it for many years too before deciding it was worthy of a photo.