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A Black Hills Winter

Instagram Takeover by Jesse Brown Nelson

 

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Hello everyone! My name is Jesse from @jessebrownnelson photography and this is my dog Marley. The fine folks here at #visitrapidcity were brave enough to give me the reigns to their Instagram account for the week. Marley and I absolutely love the winters here in the Black Hills so I hope you are all prepared for a week full of snowy photos!

 

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One of my favorite winter pass-times is to explore the places that usually only get visitors in the summer. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the Black Hills truly come alive in the winter months!

 

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Is there a greater symbol of freedom than the Bald Eagle? . . . I don’t think there is, and now is the time of year in the Black Hills that we start seeing more Bald Eagles. Look for them to be hunting the unfrozen rivers and streams.

 

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Good morning everyone! Jesse from @jessebrownnelson photography back here for day 2 of my #visitrapidcity takeover. . . It's been proven that the simple act of watching a sunrise can add one day to your life. . .

 

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A true South Dakota Landmark, Bear Butte can be seen from miles and miles in any direction. I love how this mountain's "personality" seems to change throughout the day. As the sun moves around it, it appears to almost change shape right in front of your eyes.

 

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A good friend of mine once told me: If you’re lucky enough to call the Black Hills home; well then, you're lucky enough. . .

 

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Good morning! @jessebrownnelson back again for day 3 of my instatakeover of #visitrapidcity.
Spearfish Canyon is a mecca for climbers during the summer AND during the winter. Here is @markmesa making his way up the frozen waterfall at community caves.

 

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Here is a wider angle of @markmesa on the Community Caves ice climb. I love this shot because it gives you a sense of how large this frozen waterfall really is. A little warning for anyone attempting to hike up to Community Caves in the winter. The trail follows the flow of water so a lot of the trail can be solid ice.

 

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What goes up, must come down. . . That's a wrap on day 3 of my instatakeover of #visitrapidcity! Thanks for following along on with @markmesa and I on his climb up the Community Caves Waterfall. Here he is getting to enjoy the ride down. Look closely and you can see that the falls are not totally frozen yet and water is still dripping from everywhere.

 

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Good morning everyone! @jessebrownnelson back for day 4 of my #visitrapidcity instatakeover.
As long as you are prepared, hiking and biking in the winter is just as fun as in the summer. Here is @aceinthebole fat biking his way down the Iron Creek Trail.

 

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One of the best parts about growing up in Rapid City, was being only a few minutes from views like this!

 

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That's it for day 4 of my #visitrapidcity instatakeover! Hope everyone had a great day and tune in tomorrow for my final day with @visitrapidcity  @jessebrownnelson.

 

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Good morning guys! @jessebrownnelson back again for my 5th and final day at #visitrapidcity.

You never know what you might find while on a Black Hills adventure. This little guy and I startled each other while I was exploring the Hippie Hole area. This is by-far the closest I have ever been to an animal in the wild, other than deer. After a few seconds of staring at each other, I calmed down and began to shoot some photos. It wasn’t long after I took a few shots that I started to wonder where it's mother was. I didn't even finish the thought before I heard some noise directly behind me.

 

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As I was photographing the juvenile Mountain Goat I heard a noise directly behind me. I reluctantly turned around and was face to face with what I can only assume was the momma. My first instinct was to snap a few photos, but then as the Mountain Goat kept walking towards me my mind began to wander and think back to my wilderness survival books and how they profusely explained to never get between a momma and its baby, no matter what kind of animal. I then began to picture those sharp daggers like horns piercing into my guts. I decided I should look for my exit and I climbed the nearest boulder. Once on top of a small boulder I laughed at myself because I realized I just tried to escape from a mountain goat by climbing a little boulder. A boulder that I'm sure a healthy Mtn. goat could make it up in one or two leaps. A few minutes on top of this boulder and I realized there was an entire family of Mtn. Goats walking up the creek, eating whatever vegetation they could find, then licking the ice for a drink. They were not concerned with Marley or I in the slightest. We sat there with them and observed and photographed this family for over an hour. It was an experience I will undoubtedly never forget!

 

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Well everyone, that is a wrap on my week with #visitrapidcity. I hope everyone enjoyed my takeover and thank you all for following along this week. Check out @jessebrownnelson photography for more images like this from in and around the Black Hills. Stay warm this weekend! Cheers!

 

Meet the Author

Jesse Brown Nelson

My name is Jesse Brown Nelson. I am an award-winning, nationally published photographer based in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and later moved to Spearfish. Currently, I am Managing Editor and Senior Photographer for American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazines, part of the Maverick Publishing family. 

I specialize in landscape, portrait, adventure, lifestyle and wedding photography. My free time is spent enjoying and photographing the great outdoors, with my dog Marley Jane Supermutt. 

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My name is Jesse Brown Nelson. I am an award-winning, nationally published photographer based in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and later moved to Spearfish. Currently, I am Managing Editor and Senior Photographer for American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazines, part of the Maverick Publishing family. 

I specialize in landscape, portrait, adventure, lifestyle and wedding photography. My free time is spent enjoying and photographing the great outdoors, with my dog Marley Jane Supermutt. 

I am proud to have a BA in Mass Communication from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, with emphases in Photography, Journalism and Desktop Publishing.

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