South Dakota is the home of four stunning seasons. From the rain in spring to the leaves in autumn, we get the joy of experiencing so much beauty throughout the year. The delicate beauty of these frozen spots in South Dakota is just what you need to appreciate the charm in these last few cold months.
1. Frozen winter trees
A perfectly frosty morning in good ol' South Dakota. It never gets old seeing the trees glistening white.
2. Ice covered prairie
Thankfully ice storms aren't nearly as common as snow in South Dakota. When the ice hits, it's tragic and beautiful all at once.
3. A bit of green in winter
The only greens that makes it through the South Dakota winters are the evergreen trees. Lightly dusted with snow, they provide just enough color to remind us that warm weather will be here again soon.
4. A dusting of snow on Mount Rushmore
These four Presidents must be might chilly in this frosty layer of snow. But it sure is pretty!
5. Whiteout in the hills
This photo take in a parking lot gives a perfect view of untouched, freshly-fallen snow on a backdrop of South Dakota hills.
6. A wintry wonderland
These sheep seem unbothered by the chilly weather. They blend in perfectly, creating a stunning winter scene.
7. Between the frozen lines
Ice on these power lines is another beautiful yet dangerous sight during winter. It's always surprising how the ice and snow can pile up and seemingly hang in the sky on these thin lines.
8. Nearly frozen river
This image proves that the Cheyenne River in South Dakota is stunning when nearly frozen over.
9. Frozen from above
An aerial view of our beautiful snow-covered state.
10. Walking on Lake Sylvan
This beloved, frozen lake sets a stunning scene under a stark blue sky. Winter or summer, one thing is for certain: Sylvan Lake is one of the most loved spots in South Dakota.
11. Frozen expanse
Time stands still on this frozen lake in South Dakota.
12. Wearing the weight of winter
This leaning tree seems to carry the weight of winter in its branches.
13. Frozen falls in winter
Both summer and winter, this tourist attraction and Sioux Falls' namesake draws people from near and far.
14. Abandoned cabin in the snow
This abandoned cabin still somehow looks cozy in the hills dusted in winter snow.
15. Keeping the snow at bay
We think of snow plows as the saviors that allow us to get around in the winter but we usually don't stop to appreciate their beauty as they are moving snow off the roads. This photo is absolutely stunning.
16. An all-white, White, South Dakota
This photo of White, South Dakota is a white winter wonderland under a clear blue sky.
17. A thawing creek in spring
This wintry creek gives just a hint of spring with the flowing water and green. Truly a sight for sore eyes after a long, though beautiful, frozen winter.
Even when it is snowy and frozen, South Dakota is a beautiful place to live. These stunning photos are further proof that natural beauty is alive and well in our state. Do you have any stunning winter photos to share?