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.
Badlands Sunrise There’s nothing like getting up at o’dark thirty to capture sunrise at the Badlands NP. It’s hard to know whether to look for landscapes or wildlife; or both.
The Badlands NP remains one of the my favorite places to photograph. Spring time, from May 15th to June 15th, when the landscape has a bit of green and the babies are new, is the best time to visit. Although this year, I was not able to make the trip, it’s still nice to reflect on the grandeur of the Badlands.