Painted Equines to Black Light

Returning from one Dakota to the other, we saw a stunning band of horses by the roadside. We had some apples with us, so we pulled over to give them a snack and grab some pictures of the photogenic beauties.


Horses in North or South Dakota

Horses in North or South Dakota

This handsome boy had a ruddy forelock and a beautiful dorsal stripe down his back!


Horse in North or South Dakota

Horse in North or South Dakota

This exquisite pinto stunner stole my heart, though each of the horses were so beautiful and different!


Pinto horse in North or South Dakota

Pinto horse in North or South Dakota

This lovely dark horse was hiding behind the others most of the time, but I did get one shot of her.


Horses in North or South Dakota

Lastly, this sweet old beauty was such a unique color! I love the gray around her muzzle.


Horse in North or South Dakota
Horse in North or South Dakota

Horse in North or South Dakota

Back in South Dakota, we hit up our favorite chill spot, Canyon Lake Park. Cotton floated through the afternoon sunlight like suspended snow, and we enjoyed a slow walk around the ponds.


As the golden light faded, we saw a young gosling circling a pond over and over by himself, trying to get out, but he was too small. We followed him until he reached some rocks near a little waterfall, and was able to hop up the embankment to safety. Keep growing stronger, little guy!


Gosling on a pond at Canyon Lake Park in South Dakota

Speaking of birds, a lovely blue jay paused at just the right angle for a beauty shot.


Blue Jay in South Dakota

After all that nature, we rounded out the evening with some funky black light put-put golf! Putz n Glo had fabulous spray-painted walls, walking you through the decades from rock 'n roll, to flower power, to arcade games. My boyfriend and I had a blast playing together, and it was a great way to end the night!