Rainy day in Western North Dakota...

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Lets get this straight... when spring cleaning and photography are my options what do I choose? Yeah obvious choice right? :-) I took a drive I rarely do these days because of the stigma of the western part of our state. The level of change in western North Dakota is hard to swallow if you grew up here as a child. So as a photographer I am trying to get past that and go where people want to see images of this area. So today was the first of many trips I am planning this summer to this section of our state.

I took my usual favorite route up along the Missouri River past Washburn, my town of  my young days, and went as far as the North side of the big lake to start going west toward Newtown and Watford City areas. I found some farms along the way and a few rigs to take pictures of but the weather was not cooperating this day. There had to be three separate storms coming through at the same time when the weather reports said little of their chances. I did what I could and in one small break of the rain I found a cool church setting and even got one or two shots of the great Theodore Roosevelt National Part North entrance.

The biggest thing I got out if this trip is the growth to these two areas. Newtown is growing at a great rate but not near as much as Watford city. That town has some of the most dramatic change I have ever seen happen to a town. The amount of fancy new businesses in the old downtown and the vast plazas of shopping areas in the south section are something. The most amazing thing was the new high school though... to say it was state of the art and the term spare no expense may be used. Both have not weight in actually seeing it. Those kids have the best to offer from that new facility. It is set at the top of a hill and is beautiful... let alone HUGE (not that size matters). :-)

So all in all it was a good trip and I now know where I need to try and get photos on the next trip. I would say you need to check it out but for safety reasons I will not but if you are out there you will be impressed with what you see. It is certainly changing...

Check out the "North Dakota" album to see the experience...

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