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Lake Mitchell
Mitchell, South Dakota

One of my favorite rituals every time I find myself back home for a visit is to experience a sunrise down at the lake. I have found that the "fishing bridge" at the lake margin where Firesteel Creek enters Lake Mitchell is my favorite vantage point.

This morning I thought I missed it .. I got up well before dawn .. but then me wee daughter awoke and didn't want me to leave .. finally I got her back to sleep and raced out of the house down to the lake. I would have missed it if not for this helpful cloud bank.

It was a wonderful effect .. The sun seemed to find a thicker or taller bit of the clouds .. the sky darkened a bit and these beams of darkness appeared ...

I think of South Dakota in three geographic regions .. In the far west are the very distinctive Black Hills ... The rest of the state is divided by the Missouri River .. "West River" is a dry land of large cattle ranches, Indian reservations, and badlands. "East River" (where I grew up) is like a little cousin to neighboring Minnesota .. humid farmland pocketed by an infinite number of lakes.

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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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