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Posts tagged “Badlands National Park

bleak horizon …

35470119675_e1986c0a28_b… in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. [larger image]


a wet spring …

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… in Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA.


layer cake …

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… in Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA.


a brief, brilliant bloom …

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… during a wet spring in Badlands National Park in South Dakota, USA.


the Badlands …

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It’s 4 degrees and snowing where I am. Hence a needed break … my favorite image of Badlands National Park.


banded …

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Strata in Badlands National Park in South Dakota display horizontal layers that reflect different depositional conditions. Says the National Park Service: “Different environments—sea, tropical land, and open woodland with meandering rivers—caused different sediments to accumulate here at different times.


abandon hope …

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Or should you? From Wikipedia: “For 11,000 years, Native Americans have used this area for their hunting grounds. Long before the Lakota were the little-studied paleo-Indians, followed by the Arikara people. Their descendants live today in North Dakota as a part of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Archaeological records combined with oral traditions indicate that these people camped in secluded valleys where fresh water and game were available year round.”


the Badlands …

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… in spring. The chaotic landscape can be mesmerizingly beautiful but deadly dry as well.

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hope, in a single flower …

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… in the spring, in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.


dry, but colorful …

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don’t get lost …

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… in the Badlands.


color lives …

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… in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.


care for a stroll …

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… through the Badlands?


tough terrain …

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… in Badlands National Park. For scale, note the two people near left edge of image.


more sheep …

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… bighorn sheep chillin’ in Badlands National Park.


vanishing terrain …

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… in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Geologists say the Badlands erode about an inch every year. That means the Badlands, currently about 500,000 years old, will be gone in another 500,000 years. Geologically, that amount of time is just a blink of the eye.


bleak …

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… in Badlands National Park.


erosion …

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… in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.


a momentary bloom …

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… in Badlands National Park.


grass …

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The Buffalo Gap National Grassland, the second largest in the United States, surrounds Badlands National Park in South Dakota. These views, in the easternmost section of the park, look north from Route 240, which runs through the park.

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siesta …

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… for six bighorn sheep in Badlands National Park.