June 25

Burleigh County gravel road

Yes, I may be prejudiced, but I see North Dakota’s beauty everywhere.   It’s easiest to see later in the day when the sun and the shadows play against the rolling variegated colors of the landscape.

I didn’t always see it that way. I was bored with the vision of the state. Than a gifted photographer from Minneapolis (Images by Irene) would visit me from time to time and rave about the natural beauty of the state in contrast to the cement, steel and glass of her local environment.  And you know what, she’s right.

I now see the state in contrast to what most of the world’s population has to see, the clutter and cluster of humanity in cities around the world.  That merely adds to the romantic feeling I’ve developed for North Dakota’s purity and calmness.

On this particular Sunday afternoon, I was in eastern Burleigh County as the sun started its descent. The light softened a bit from the harsh mid-day brightness and the colors and contrast of the region became apparent.Within about an hour, all in the same neighborhood, I captured these images and more within about a 4 mile area of the rolling plains of the east river North Dakota.  Like Irene said, “You’ve got a beautiful and cooperative model there, Mike.”  What do you see when you look out your window around your neighborhood?

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