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FIRED UP: Who says we have no entertainment in the Midwest? Check out our sky theater.
Nebraska sky image by Camille Seaman

FIRED UP: Who says we have no entertainment in the Midwest? Check out our sky theater.

I have been making this argument for a while now: One amazing aspect of living in a place where the horizon is visible is that we are treated to awe-inspiring visions of sky theater.

A photographer in Nebraska captured amazing images of supercells, which are featured in a slide show on theAtlantic.com. One example from that collection is shown above.

Of course, we have amazing skies in the Dakotas, too. Here is one example that I took just out my car window with my iPhone camera:

The sky of Savo township, rural Frederick, South Dakota, October 2011. By Heidi Marttila-Losure.

The sky of Savo township, rural Frederick, South Dakota, October 2011. By Heidi Marttila-Losure.

 

And here’s another of the view over our barn:

South Dakota sky, rural Frederick, August 2010. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure.

South Dakota sky, rural Frederick, August 2010. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure.

 

One more, from the road:

South Dakota gravel road during a mild winter. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure.

South Dakota gravel road during a mild winter. Photo by Heidi Marttila-Losure.

 

What if we did more to encourage our region as a haven for photographers? I know of a number of city dwellers who have been impressed by the quality of morning and evening light on the Great Plains. Don’t forget that in many places in the nation, the horizon is obscured. Many city dwellers rarely see the sun touching the horizon. Let’s make the most of this asset!

 

Do you have sky images to share? Post a link to them below, or send them to heidi {at} dakotafire.net, and I’ll post them here!

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