On a Clear Day | Storm over the Badlands The great plains are known for their thunderstorms. Sure, it was a very lucky click to capture the lightning just as I was leaving Badlands NP. To see the entire story with all seven images, go to On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story.
On a Clear Day | Rocks at the Badlands The Badlands are truly inspiring. There’s something rather spiritual about the Badlands. Perhaps, it’s the stark contrasts, the native American influence, or the large expanse of rock formations. It’s time to reflect on the grandeur. To see the entire story with all seven images, go to On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story.
On a Clear Day | a 7 Image Story Most people like a clear day. Some days are obviously clearer than others. These 7 images represent some of my clearest days, although not the absolute clearest. (My clearest day was in Alaska while flying northwest out of Fairbanks.) We also expect more from images on a clear day. They are supposed to be good. After all, it was a sunny, clear day. These images also come from some of my favorite places: the Grand Tetons, the Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Montana, and flying.
The Grand Tetons get many clear mornings. Low lying fog along the Snake River still lingers for this mid morning image. Fall color in Teton country provides many contrasts between the flats and the mountains. The lone tree has been one of my most frequent subjects in one of my favorite national parks, Wind Cave. The Montana countryside is clear and filled with contrasts. With hay stacked sky-high, the Bridger Mountains stand many miles in the background. Northbound along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, it’s a clear day, CAVU. Reflect on the grandeur. Rocks at the Badlands are truly inspiring with their stark contrasts and large rock formations. The great plains are known for their thunderstorms. Sure, this Storm over the Badlands was a very lucky click to capture the lightning. Although Yellowstone is not necessarily known for its mountains, the mountains help put the rainbow in perspective.
Each image will be posted individually this week with a bit more narrative under category On a Clear Day.
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The Badlands This time of year, like almost any time of year, the Badlands can be inspiring. There’s something rather spiritual about the Badlands. Perhaps, it’s the stark contrasts, the native American influence, or the large expanse of rock formations. Perhaps, it adds perspective to life’s challenges.
Storm over the Badlands While discovering the back roads, that’s gravel roads, southwest of Badlands NP, I captured this image on a quick stop; making a simple click. Why the PCE lens? Because, it was the lens on the camera at the time. Although it’s not really needed for this image, it was a new lens to me at the time and like many photogs, I over used the lens.
Young Bighorn Sheep are called lambs, but this guy seemed too big to be called a lamb. He was a very curious sort. After I had positioned myself out on a cliff to capture a different image, he started to follow me. He blocked my way back off the cliff for about a half hour. He just stood there. The cliff was a couple hundred feet down on all sides so I had to wait and enjoy the view of sunrise over there Badlands. Finally, he moved on.
Lone Tree in the Badlands For something a bit different, a sunrise over the Badlands facing into the sun in B&W. What was I thinking? Maybe, it was something about sharp contrasts.
Spring in the Badlands Well, it’s only 22 days until Spring. Some folks can’t wait. Still, if you want to see the Badlands in spring green, you’ll need to wait until the last 2 weeks of May or the first 2 weeks of June. It’s not green in the Badlands for long. Generally, I prefer the first week of June. Usually, the grass is green and the wild flowers are blooming. In a nice long weekend, you can explore much of Badlands NP. Don’t forget to drive over to Wind Cave NP just south of Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. Wind Cave NP may be small, but it makes up for it in remoteness. I’ve been there at least 6 to 8 times and have seen two vehicles and three people; one of them was a park ranger. Again, the best times to visit is spring or fall to avoid the summer crowds. My portfolio has several other Badlands images.