This past summer my family took a camping trip to Custer State Park, South Dakota. We absolutely loved it! There were a lot of days with moody rain clouds like above, which were fun to photograph. There was so much to see and do we were always busy. What a beautiful area. I look forward to going back again sometime.
Winter here in Minnesota can be long and dreary. I often struggle with finding a reason to pickup the camera during these cold months. Even though it can be beautiful, I find it difficult to get excited about going out into the cold, wet weather. I try to brainstorm a list of subjects I can still photograph through this long season to keep my creative juices flowing, and thought I would share some in case you struggle with this as well.
Remember to keep yourself warm and dry, as well as your camera. Several layers of clothes, hand/feet warmers, and thin gloves with touchscreen tips for shooting (with a warmer pair over to keep your fingers warm when not using your camera) will help you stay comfortable. For your camera use a rain cover to keep it dry, carry extra batteries close to your body since they will drain quickly, and stow your camera in a sealable plastic bag or camera bag before taking it indoors (including a warm vehicle) to avoid condensation, and give it time to warm to room temperature before removing it.