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Reflections on a Mixed Blessing

Reflections on a Mixed Blessing
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi

Terrilynn Stricker and her son, Tyray, fish on Lake Francis Case at dusk on a summer eve. Fort Randall Dam created this 107-mile- (172-kilometer-) long lake, a haven for boaters and fishermen. These have occasionally been troubled waters for Stricker’s people, the Yankton Sioux, whose reservation abuts part of the lake. Its creation flooded ancient sacred burial sites, and fluctuating waterlines have periodically unearthed skeletal remains. Yet the lake has also benefitted the Yankton Sioux by providing a place of beauty and by luring tourists, who drop some serious money at the tribe’s nearby casino.




Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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