Several years ago I was teaching at the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota and when the event wrapped up I headed off to Badlands NP.

I had a half day to shoot there before returning to Rapid City for an early morning flight and I arrived in the early afternoon.

I drove the loop road heading west and stopped at each point to see what could be captured. It was unfortunately a perfectly clear day and I adapted the the harsh sunlight and did pretty well.


By late afternoon I left Scenic and was on my way back to Interior ad the park. When I got to the Interior entrance station there was this huge field of grass that was as golden as can be  when the sun was about to set so I stopped and shot this image using a 17mm lens and a near/far composition.

The Badlands is an awesome place and the first time I shot there was 1983. It was March then and I remember it as surprisingly warm for late winter.

Depending on the time of year, it can be empty and even lonely and that is what I love about places like this: just me and the land.

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