Upper Sioux Agency State Park by Jussi Lehti
Story Behind the Photo
Living a short distance from the park, amateur photographer Jussi Lehti is a frequent visitor to Upper Sioux Agency State Park–sometimes up to a couple times a week. As such, it’s one of his favorites. And he has plenty to compare it to, having visited nearly all the state parks in Minnesota. The day this photo was taken was a particularly dreary day in late November, Lehti says. “Those are some of the best for taking photos,” because the lighting cooperates with the camera better on those days. This shot required going a short distance off the beaten path, down a bluff to the Yellow Medicine River. Lehti says that he takes photos because it forces him to look more closely at his surroundings and really analyze what he’s seeing. And while he always has his camera with him, there’s plenty of times he doesn’t take a photo the whole time he’s out. He wants to make sure there’s a good shot to be had. Clearly this shot was a good one.