I've been to South Dakota recently;
a combination of ministry, business and pleasure.
some things became clearer,
yet the air wasn't one of them.
Smoke from fires in the West created a haze
that permeated and changed the entire atmosphere.
A reminder that what happens in one part of our world
ultimately effects all of us.
It didn't change the beauty
I saw all around me.
It just made me keep blinking
and reaching for a tissue to clean my glasses.
So, in the pictures that follow,
realize the colors were more intense
than they appear on your screen.
There's nothing muted about being on the Rosebud!
South Dakota being South Dakota
is nothing less than dramatic -