There was an excellent turnout for Community Art this week, with six readers submitting photos from around the Pierre and Oahe Dam areas.
First-time photo submitter Rebecka Wallingford shared a great image of two antelopes hanging out in a field off Highway 83, between Fort Pierre and Vivian. While the two animals were kind enough not to run off while she took the photo, they sure did keep an eye on her.
Maria Jhing Hays sent in some great photos of some winged friends hanging out in her yard. One bird poked its head out of its house to say hello. Her other image is a close-up photo with a butterfly hovering just past a flower, which made for a nice combo.
Hays also found herself near the Capitol at just the right time to catch the evening sunlight reflecting off the clouds above the building, making a nice pink splash to contrast the blue sky.
Randall Royer provided several close-up photos of flowers growing in his garden. One yellow flower received a boost to its colors as it basked in the sunlight. Another received some added depth with shadows mixing with the flower's natural shapes and colors. And his third flower pops out at the viewer with its contrasting colors and shapes centered in the frame.
Sheila Walsh made great use of leading lines with her photo of the Capitol from the lake. The sidewalk's lines from the corner of the image draw the viewer's eyes straight to the building.
Roger Edwards returned with a few photos from around the area. He said the goose he found near the water looked like it was practicing its gymnastic moves. He also made friends with a patient bug near the river on July 27 that hung out long enough for him to get in close and take the shot.
Leah Lappe also returned with a great image showing the sun sitting in a clear sky over Spring Creek. She enjoyed looking at the sky's deep blue matching the water below. Lappe also found a lone sunflower peeking out of the bushes at Cow Creek. The bright yellow stands out in the sea of green and almost makes its buddy hiding in the background unnoticeable.
The Capital Journal thanks this week's six shutterbugs for sharing their photos with us. If you have photos to share, send them to Editor Jorge Encinas at email@example.com. Include the who, what, where and when with the images. We'll publish them online and in Saturday's Dakota Life.
The Capital Journal also selects one photo from each week's Community Art for the Featured Photo of the Week in the South Dakota Outdoors newsletter, published weekly on Tuesdays. You can sign up for it at capjournal.com under the "Outdoors" tab.