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The other day, as I was driving the 1,000 feet of elevation home to my home in Lead, it struck me that Lead is a ghost town of sorts. The mountain sides are strewn with the foundations of Homestake Mining buildings long gone and mostly forgotten. 100 year old homes of former miners cling to the valley walls.So as I woke-up early on a Saturday morning and found the open cut in Lead filled with clouds, it felt just a bit more mysterious, ethereal and majestic. At more then 4,000 feet wide by 1,000 feet deep it makes for a dramatic witches cauldron.

The other day, as I was driving the 1,000 feet of elevation home to my home in Lead, it struck me that Lead is a ghost town of sorts. The mountain sides are strewn with the foundations of Homestake Mining buildings long gone and mostly forgotten. 100 year old homes of former miners cling to the valley walls.

So as I woke-up early on a Saturday morning and found the open cut in Lead filled with clouds, it felt just a bit more mysterious, ethereal and majestic. At more then 4,000 feet wide by 1,000 feet deep it makes for a dramatic witches cauldron.

Filed under photo photography Lead Lead South Dakota open cut

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"1 Mile to Lead" - Not a ghost-town per say, but a town of ghosts.
Est. 1890. Elevation 5,213 ft. Former company town for the Homestake Mining Company. There is not one inch of this town that is square or level. My soon-to-be home.
Photo Copyright 2010 Jack Hughes

"1 Mile to Lead" - Not a ghost-town per say, but a town of ghosts.

Est. 1890. Elevation 5,213 ft. Former company town for the Homestake Mining Company. There is not one inch of this town that is square or level. My soon-to-be home.

Photo Copyright 2010 Jack Hughes

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Filed under photography Lead South Dakota

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"Queen of the Rodeo". More precisely, 2010 Miss Rodeo South Dakota McKenzie Haley.
When shooting, my eye looks for the real human spirit which is not always inspirational. Pain, hurt, sadness, bravado, defeat and love are the obvious emotions, but one thing I LOVE to capture is contradiction.
While spending the day behind the chutes at the 2010 Days of 76 Rodeo I kept noticing the rodeo queen. Now a pageant winner (rodeo, beauty or otherwise) is all about the  smile, however it was missing this night once McKenzie was out of the public spotlight. Granted there was a lot of bling to draw your attention to her but there was an inherent sadness as she waited behind the scenes. Maybe it was the wear and tear of 7 months of appearances. Maybe she was homesick. Maybe it was because this was her last rodeo as queen.
Photo copyright Jack Hughes 2010

"Queen of the Rodeo". More precisely, 2010 Miss Rodeo South Dakota McKenzie Haley.

When shooting, my eye looks for the real human spirit which is not always inspirational. Pain, hurt, sadness, bravado, defeat and love are the obvious emotions, but one thing I LOVE to capture is contradiction.

While spending the day behind the chutes at the 2010 Days of 76 Rodeo I kept noticing the rodeo queen. Now a pageant winner (rodeo, beauty or otherwise) is all about theĀ  smile, however it was missing this night once McKenzie was out of the public spotlight. Granted there was a lot of bling to draw your attention to her but there was an inherent sadness as she waited behind the scenes. Maybe it was the wear and tear of 7 months of appearances. Maybe she was homesick. Maybe it was because this was her last rodeo as queen.

Photo copyright Jack Hughes 2010

(Source: affinityimagery.com)

Filed under Rodeo american west deadwood south dakota photography

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Hike along Sunshine Creek in Spearfish Canyon until your feet start to go numb. The creek then turns into a series of granite pools and chutes so clear you can see  schools of Rainbow Trout flitting about waiting for the water to rise so they may complete their journey. The primordial setting, narrow ledges, and fallen trees pulls you back in time when a child’s mind is simply sated with the elemental action of water on stone.
Photo Copyright 2010 Jack Hughes

Hike along Sunshine Creek in Spearfish Canyon until your feet start to go numb. The creek then turns into a series of granite pools and chutes so clear you can seeĀ  schools of Rainbow Trout flitting about waiting for the water to rise so they may complete their journey. The primordial setting, narrow ledges, and fallen trees pulls you back in time when a child’s mind is simply sated with the elemental action of water on stone.

Photo Copyright 2010 Jack Hughes

(Source: affinityimagery.com)

Filed under photography spearfish canyon landscape