From the moment I saw them I was in awe! Don’t let the name fool you…the Badlands are far from bad. The peaks and gullies, ancient rock formations and bands of color are mesmerizing and beautiful. Particularly in the golden hour of early morning and late afternoon, when soft low light throws shadows and brings the landscape to life. During those hours the true beauty of the Park reveals itself.
Our trip was in early September and surprisingly the number of tourists and traffic was pretty low. One morning I was up well before sunrise and in the park and to my delight barely saw any other people. I felt like I had the Badlands all to myself, but for the distant howls of a pack of coyotes.
On the first day I felt a bit overwhelmed by what seemed like an endless expanse of ridges, spires, buttes and otherworldly terrain but slowly, as time passed, I began to focus on smaller areas and take in the more subtle aspects of the area and appreciate its detail. We had 3 days…we needed three times that.
In addition to the fascinating landscapes, there is a variety of wildlife in the Badlands. We saw Bison, Bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, jack rabbits and deer, but there are also rattlesnakes, black-footed ferrets and coyotes to name a few, not to mention, many species of birds.
It was a short trip, just 3 days. A good start to many more treks to South Dakota and into the Badlands.
Not long ago after seeing some pretty cool pics of sunflowers, I was wishing I had a some near by to give it a try for myself. I guess my wish came true because a few days later I came upon a huge field full of them. Here are a few of the images I shot that day. Each are 3 shot HDRi combined in HDR Efex Pro 2. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!
These are some of my favorite images because the majority of the picture is sky, especially the ones taken in Scandinavia. That’s one of the things I was struck by when we were over there…..the skies seemed more immence than usual! You couldn’t help but fill most of the frame with it. When the sun permeates the clouds or reflects off of them amazing things can happen. One of the best times to see wonderfully colorful skies are in the fleeting minutes just before and after the sun rises and sets. Be warned; however, it doesn’t last long, so be prepared! I hope you enjoy looking….click on each image to view them larger. Don’t forget as you’re hustling about your busy lives to slow down and look up once in awhile…you just might see a big beautiful sky you might otherwise have missed! To receive an e-mail notification of my posts you can subscribe by entering your e-mail address on the Home page of my website. Have a good week.