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Light on the Darkest Day

As the darkest day settles upon us, we look forward to the light ahead, shinning a little bit more with each passing day. We hope you can find the beauty in nature on this day and if not, Jill has put together a collection of photos that capture the light. Happy Solstice everyone! 

Buffalo in snowSnow falling through the light, glitters like confetti in the brightness. 

A cottonwood leaf illuminates it rich amber color in the frozen creek bed. 

Downtown Rapid city SunriseSunrise on St. Joe. Rapid City, SD.

Pink clouds over Rocky Mountain FrontA breathtaking cloud hangs over our sourcing partners ranch, along the Rocky Mountain Front.

Solstice sunrise, pushes through the morning fog.

The buffalo, strong and tenacious, come into view through a winter whiteout. 


Overnight guests (grandkids) enjoy the cozy spot - warmed by the fire and the sun.

Snow falling in the moonlight.

Ice crystals against the prairie sky. 

Colton JonesColton doing morning chores, hoping the sun will break the subzero temperature.

Bison River CrossingThe buffalo move through the cold, clear water of the Cheyenne River, protected by their layered coats, richly colored in the the sunlight. 

Cheers to brighter, warmer days ahead! 

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24 comments

  • PS. For you Jill: I took my students to see an exhibition which is here in Grenoble now. I gave them a guided tour in English. The phoTOgrapher: Vivian Maier. Such amazing photos and such an extraordinary story as to how they were discovered and who she was. A street phoTOgrapher….you are a prairie phoTOgrapher!

    Jane Baile
  • Beautiful photographs.
    A difficult pronunciation lesson for my French students: PHOtograph, but phoTOgraphy and phoTOgrapher
    Continue to enjoy the beauty of this cold holiday season.

    jane baile
  • Thank you for sharing these photos. Beautiful.

    Pamela van Giessen
  • Bravo pour ce travail magnifique ! Ces vastes paysages et les bisons me font rêver …
    J’ai lu vos livres et ils m’inspirent beaucoup.
    François (France)

    François Sargos
  • Really like the pictures of the buffalo 🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Larry conner
  • Your photos are fantastic! Your Buffalo Ranch is in such a lovely place!! Thanks for all you do!!!
    Merry Christmas!

    Barbara Henry
  • Thank you for capturing. I live vicariously through photos of places I cannot be for now

    Rebecca
  • Jill, those are beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them. I really appreciate all of the extras on your website, the pictures, the recipes, the stories, and of course I really appreciate the meat.

    Again, thank you so much for everything.
    Have a most wonderful Holiday.

    Don Rigg
  • Gorgeous and inspiring. A reverie of nature’s beauty. Thank you Jill!

    Martha Kauffman
  • Beautiful!!

    Mark Holloway
  • You should sell prints!
    (We are having Wild Idea bison steaks for Christmas night!)

    Susan
  • YOWZA, Jill! Fantastic pix ! Loved the ‘Cloud’ and Leaf’ …. so very artsy ! Please – keep them coming, we can hardly wait to visit next CRR Summer!

    Doyle Hughes
  • It is grey and warm in The North Idaho today. We turn the corner and celebrate at 2019hrs PST tonight. The light you’ve shared has made our day. Keep pushing the buttons on that camera..

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Bill Roy Ozzie Ruby Gunner and Patty

    Bill
  • Jill, your photos are full of serenity and the magic of life on our beautiful Earth. Happy Holidays to you and all at Wild Idea.

    Diane
  • Ah! The majesty of nature.
    Hou have a real gift Jill
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Antoinette Hamner

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