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December 20, 2019


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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! 


Christine Arvidson

December 21, 2019



December 21, 2019

Beautiful photos! Thanx for sharing!


December 21, 2019

Full of Wonder, Wonderful. Thank you, Jill, and Happy Winter Solstice!


December 21, 2019

Beautiful. Artistic. A very nice pre-Christmas gift. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

leanora lawson

December 21, 2019

love all your pictures

Bev atherton

December 21, 2019

Beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Rossie Tullis

December 21, 2019

These are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Mark Moench

December 21, 2019

Cool pictures Jill, no pun intended. Looks like Colton and the bison are handling it ok though!

Christy Day

December 21, 2019

Your pictures are gorgeous. I grew up on a sheep and cattle ranch in southern Wyoming so the ranch chore photos sure do resonate! Happy Holidays to all of you!

Antoinette Hamner

December 21, 2019

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


December 21, 2019

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.


December 21, 2019

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

Doyle Hughes

December 21, 2019

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!


December 21, 2019

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

Mark Holloway

December 21, 2019


Martha Kauffman

December 21, 2019

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

Don Rigg

December 21, 2019

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.


December 21, 2019

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

Barbara Henry

December 22, 2019

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

Larry conner

December 22, 2019

Really like the pictures of the buffalo 🇺🇸🇺🇸

François Sargos

December 23, 2019

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)

Pamela van Giessen

December 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing these photos. Beautiful.

jane baile

December 28, 2019

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

December 28, 2019

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!

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