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Dave Bruner

Dave was born and raised in the small town of Carson, in southwestern North Dakota. Exploring the outdoors on camping, fishing and hunting trips when he was young enhanced his love of the outdoors. Starting with a Kodak film camera around age 12, he developed an early interest in photography. With a renewed interest in photography the past few years, shooting has now become more of a passionate endeavor to capture the beautiful landscapes of North Dakota and other areas. Dave’s award-winning photography has been featured in several publications and calendars. He is now traveling to art shows and other venues to display and sell his photography. His artist statement: “My goal as a landscape and nature photographer is to capture the element of light and color in my compositions. I try to capture the scene with the viewer in mind, to give them a feeling of being in that same place in the early morning or late evening golden hour. To capture these images with a camera so that it is recorded for future enjoyment gives me feeling of satisfaction and pleasure. My reward is capturing these natural scenes and sharing with others.” To view more of Dave’s photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/davebrunerphotography/. For information about purchasing Dave’s images, contact him at dsbruner@gra.midco.net.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Pompey’s Pillar National Monument

This is for the history buffs out there.

On our way back from our trip east of Billings, Mont., is this site where William Clark from the Lewis and Clark expedition carved his name into the stone on the bluff that has come to be know as Pompey’s Pillar National Monument.

I have always wanted to see this, as I have read a lot about this historic expedition. Now, mission accomplished.

The Corps of Discovery reached Pompey’s Pillar on July 25, 1806. Having already reached the majestic Pacific Ocean and disproving the myth of the Northwest Passage and establishing sound relations with the indigenous peoples of the American West, the explorers were ready to return home with a wealth of stories and information. On the way back, the American pioneers continued to explore the surrounding areas and make new discoveries.

Pausing at Traveler’s Rest from June 30 to July 3, 1806, Lewis and Clark decided that it would be best to divide the group into separate parties, maximizing their exploratory range. Clark and his party traversed Bozeman Pass, set out down the Yellowstone River and headed for the caches at Beaverhead. Along the way, the crew came across a prominent rock formation, located on the south bank of the river in present-day Nibbe, Mont. Naming the anomalous natural formation after Sacagawea’s child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, or “Pomp,” Clark wrote of the discovery in his journal that evening:

… At 4PM (I) arrived at the remarkable rock situated in an extensive bottom. This rock I ascended and from it’s top had a most extensive view in every direction. This rock which I shall call Pompy’s Tower is 200 feet high and 400 paces in secumpherance and only axcessible on one side which is from the N.E. the other parts of it being a perpendicular clift of lightish coloured gritty rock. The Indians have made 2 piles of stone on the top of this tower. The nativs have ingraved on the face of this rock the figures of animals &c. (Jones 2000, 185-186)”

Clark, too, left his mark at Pompey’s Pillar, engraving his name and the date into the stone; still visible, his mark is probably the only extant on-site evidence of the entire expedition.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Wyoming Wonders

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, recently returned from a trip to the western United States, Wyoming in particular. Among the sights Dave and Sheila experienced was Grand Teton National Park in the northwest of the state of Wyoming. The park encompasses the Teton Mountain range, the 4,000-meter Grand Teton peak and the valley known as Jackson Hole. It’s a popular destination in summer for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing, linked to nearby Yellowstone National Park by the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Custer State Park

Custer State Park in South Dakota was on the agenda for Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, while on a recent eight-day road trip. Beside viewing some of the park’s wonderful wildlife, they took in Sylvan Lake. Known as the “crown jewel” of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake offers picnic places, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming and hiking trails. In Dave’s words: “We had never been to this beautiful lake surrounded by nice rock formations before. We enjoyed walking around the lake and watching people fishing for trout.”

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — The Needles

On the second leg of their recent eight-day trip, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, stayed in Custer, S.D., and spent time on the Needles Highway. A spectacular 14-mile drive through pine and spruce forests, meadows surrounded by birch and aspen, rugged granite mountains, sharp curves and low tunnels, the road gets its name comes from the needlelike granite formations that seem to pierce the horizon along the highway. Deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics, Needles Highway — a National Scenic Byway — passes through Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Badlands Beauty

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, recently returned from a weeklong vacation, which started with a stay in Medora, N.D., and a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Here are a few shots of what Dave has tilted “North Dakota Badlands Scenic Images.”

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Reminders Of The Past

Dave Bruner of Grand Forks is becoming well-known for his stunning landscape photography. Here, in his own words, Dave describes three recent shoots.

“Country Sunset”: “We had one of those beautiful sunsets this past week that North Dakota is known for. You also have to be lucky and be out there at the right time to see and capture it in a photo. This old, weathered wooden shed and tree tied the sky and composition together.

“Ford Tough”: “This classic 1948-50 Ford truck is no longer in service and is now resting on the prairie landscape of North Dakota. It had this yellow paint that is now faded with parts now covered in brown rust which gives a unique color scheme to the truck. Notice it also had a front pickup guard. I was fortunate to have some nice clouds in the sky to complete this image of this classic truck.”

“Country Roads & Old Farmsteads of the Past”: “Several images of some of the old farm buildings and other items that were left as a reminder of what once was thriving farmsteads on the Great Plains. I like to document some these places with images that are interesting subjects to me.”

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Beauty in Bloom

Spring is a great time to view blooming trees, as these images from around town taken this week by Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner confirm.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Black & White Road Trip

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, decided to take a ride out to the countryside Saturday to look for old barns and farmsteads. Here is what he found, some interesting old buildings with wispy clouds above that looked good in a black-and-white format.

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Late Winter Snowstorm

Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner went out a few hours during the late spring snowstorm Wednesday and captured some scenes from “hopefully our last snow for spring!”

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — ‘Air Power’

This past weekend, Grand Forks photographer Dave Bruner and his wife, Sheila, did a short road trip and ended up at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. According to Dave: “Had nice clouds in air, so we walked around photographing and looking at the planes on display by the front entrance of the base.”