South Dakota Rockhound

Macro Mania!

After photographing birds for many years and getting photos of pretty much every bird in the state, a few years ago I bought a macro lens. I initially used it for insects, but have found it's PERFECT for highlighting the small-scale beauty found in all the geologic goodies of South Dakota!  Below are some macro photos of pieces I've found in South Dakota, as well as some shots of some gorgeous Mexican Crazy Lace agate I purchased.

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"Planetary Agates"

When I first started shooting macro photos of the agates I've found in South Dakota, I couldn't help but notice the similarity in patterns as you might see when looking at a planet or a moon. These "planetary agates" are all shots of agates from Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in South Dakota.
Agate Macro 1 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 2 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 3 - South Dakota Rockhound
Agate Macro 4 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 5 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 6 - South Dakota Rockhound
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Agate Macro 10 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 11 - South Dakota Rockhound Agate Macro 12 - South Dakota Rockhound

Mexican Crazy Lace Agate

The vast majority of material out here was self-collected in South Dakota.  However, I couldn't resist buying some gorgeous Mexican Crazy Lace Agate, both for polishing, and for macro photography opportunities. 
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 1 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 2 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 3
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 4 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 5 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 6
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 7 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 8 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 9
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 10 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 11 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 12
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 13 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 14 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 15
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 16 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 17 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 18
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 19 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 20 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 21
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 22 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 23 Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 24
Mexican Crazy Lace - Macro 25    
     
     
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