Pasques on South Dakota Magazine Cover

Getting the cover of South Dakota Magazine never gets old.

I love the publication…it’s truly our “State Magazine,” hands down.

This one is particularly enjoyable since the cover subject is the Pasque, our state flower. Last April, I spent a day cruising around various nature areas in eastern South Dakota, searching for the elusive little flower since I didn’t have very many shots of them in my files. They are the first thing to emerge from the ground each spring, and can be found hugging the northern edges of small hills and hummocks on native prairie.

It was like a treasure hunt, and it was fun. I found several good stands of them after following the advice of a few people, and was satisfied with the variety of shots I got.

Then, when editor Katie Hunhoff asked about putting a pasque on the cover of the March/April issue of South Dakota Magazine, I gladly submitted what I had, and here’s the result.

Also included in this issue is a story by Linda Hasselstrom that discusses dark and nighttime on the South Dakota prairie (a challenging subject to illustrate!), and a feature on Letcher wheelwright Doug Hansen, who I’d photographed many times over the years.

All told, I have 24 photos in this issue.

And their website is fun too: