Custer South Dakota Photographer Paul Horsted Announces New National Parks Book


Travel back in time and place to experience the grandeur and history of 24 of our most spectacular National Parks “then and now”. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the Yosemite valley, from the shorelines of Acadia and Olympic to Yellowstone’s geysers, join photographer Paul Horsted in tracking down the sites where pioneering photographers set up their cameras long ago. In precisely-matched photo pairs you’ll see the beauty and history of our parks as they appear now and as they looked 75, 100, or even 150 years ago. GPS data is provided to guide you on your own National Park adventure! This beautiful, oversize 240-page book is an invaluable record of our parks for today, as well as a future reference for anyone who cares about these treasured landscapes. Available at

CUSTER, SD – “Treasures of the National Parks Yesterday and Today” is the title of a new coffee-table book from Custer-area photographer Paul Horsted. Horsted is known regionally for his books about the 1874 Custer Expedition, as well as his earlier “re-photography” of historic photo sites around the Black Hills and Yellowstone.

The photographer has now taken his skills on a cross-country trip, visiting 24 National Parks over a period of five years. He researched and located historic photo sites in each park, then created a new photo that matches exactly the angle and view of the old ones. Some of the sites were along roads or at popular overlooks, while others were in the backcountry, requiring overnight stays at remote locations in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and elsewhere.

“I really enjoy tracking down these old photo sites, each one is like a treasure hunt”, said Horsted, adding “I think these ‘then and now’ images will interest anyone who loves our National Parks. It’s fun to look for changes and similarities between past and present.” GPS data is provided with each photo pair so anyone can now locate these historic places at each National Park in the book.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Horsted will give a free presentation about the project at the Custer County Library (in the Pine Room) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. A book signing will follow, and there will also be door prizes. He’s also signing books at Art Expressions Gallery in downtown Custer on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The new book was designed by Horsted’s partner and wife, Camille Riner. It’s the fifth book of this type that the couple has produced in the past 15 years; with 240 pages in full color it retails at $45.00. It’s available at local art galleries and bookstores as well as at

Shipping book orders at the Custer, S.D. post office loading dock. (L-R) Camille Riner, Postmaster Larry Stalder and Paul Horsted. Photo: Paul Horsted/

Sylvan Lake – Ducks – Geese – Texas Cattle And Rhode Island Reds

March 25, 2017
By Herb Ryan

Saturday afternoon was a slow news day in Custer until a call came in for Custer County Search and Rescue to help find two overdue hikers in the Sylvan Lake area. A common call as the weather warms up and the crowds start hiking up to Black Elk Peak. I did take my time getting there and was pleased to hear on arrival that the hikers were back and all was well. The Search and Rescue Team decided to try out their new radio repeater to see if it would improve two-way radio transmission in the area and eliminate radio dead zones during search and rescue operations.

I have a photo shoot scheduled in the area Friday and needed to be in the area in the afternoon to scout specific locations and sun angles. So, always trying to improve skills on an overcast day, or any day for that matter, I got down in the duck soup and started shooting. Hope you enjoy and appreciate that we have all this beauty in our immediate area.

Custer Free Press will eventually become more along the lines of “Life” Magazine with photo-essays, and essential local news.

Unless otherwise stated all photos are original and taken by Herb Ryan/Herb Ryan Photography

First try at Sylvan Lake. Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography


Sylvan Lake, flash, 70-200 f2.8 – Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography


Lunch time, Sylvan Lake, 70-200 f2.8 – Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography


Sylvan Lake Road. Fenced in Texas Cattle close to the road. 70-200 f2.8 – Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography


This guy was really curious and I might add, had a really great personality. Sylvan Lake Road. 70-200 f2.8 – Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography


One of Mrs. Sullivans Rhode Island Reds, at a peaceful homestead in Custer. Saturday, March 25, 2017. Herb Ryan Photography

BHSU Photography Student Caleb Munger To Be Featured in Dahl Arts Center Emerging Artists Gallery


Photo: Caleb Munger

January 23, 2017

SPEARFISH… Black Hills State University photography student Caleb Munger has an exhibition Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Emerging Artists Gallery at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Caleb is a firefighter from Newcastle, Wyo. and has spent the past year creating a body of work illustrating the perils, triumphs, and human experience from the perspective of the firefighters themselves. His work gives us a glimpse into the realm of firefighting, which is not often seen.

Portion of Artist Statement: “As a photographer I want to document the world of firefighting. Being a third-generation volunteer fire fighter, as well as a seasonal fire fighter with the US Forest Service, has had an enormous influence on my work. The fire service is filled with adrenaline, excitement, and devastation. I want to show the primal beauty of fire while showing the dangerous and courageous acts of firefighters and firefighting.”

Showcase Your Talents At The South Dakota State Fair


Over 1,100 Ways to Enter the SD State Fair

(Huron, SD) – There are 1,171 ways to showcase your talents at the South Dakota State Fair by entering in the open class static exhibit divisions and the registration deadline is right around the corner.

Some contest areas include: canning, needlework, baking, quilting, table and place settings division, garden crafts, flower arrangements, art and photography.

“Whether you have an intricate quilt, upcycled furniture item, perfectly round and red tomato, or a table and place setting you are dying to show off, check out the premium books and see where you might fit in,” said State Fair manager Peggy Besch. “This year, an online entry process is available and exhibitors are encouraged to use it. To find the online entry forms, log onto, find the competitive events tab at the top of the page, and click on ‘static’ in the drop down box.”

The static entry deadline is Sunday, July 31. Entries postmarked on that day will be accepted. Remember to include payment and completed W9 form (include SSN) with your entry. Other upcoming deadlines include open class livestock on Monday, Aug. 1. Late fees will apply to entries received after the deadline.

The 2016 SD State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 5. Channel Seeds Preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 31. This year’s theme is “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.” For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800-529-0900, visit or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

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