Wednesday, October 31, 2018

the rough beauty of badland national park


The Badlands. The name evokes images of austere terrain and unforgiving weather conditions. And in many ways it is. When we decided to visit it this year, this was the one national park I was most looking forward to see, and it did not disappoint. Of the national parks we visited, this was my favorite. Yes, Yellowstone and Grand Teton are breathtakingly stunning with their alpine beauty. But the Badlands offered such a striking contrast of arid beauty interspersed with prairie simplicity. It was two extremes coming together to offer quite a scenery, even on a cloudy day. And when it comes to vegetation, at the Badlands, mother nature proved she always finds a way. In between the rocks, grass grew and flowers provided unexpected pops of colors that just brought a smile.










The Buffalo Gap National Grasslands kind of extends to the limits of other towns, which allows for beautiful views of abandoned homesteads in South Dakota.






8 comments:

  1. How nice to find your blog! Thank you for leaving a comment on mine. I loved your photos of the Badlands National Park. We visited it as part of a circuit of seeing Mt Rushmore and other scenic sights in South Dakota about 9 years ago. It was the first time I saw those little wild sunflowers. We still lived in NY back then. We drove from SD to WY and saw Yellowstone and then the Grand Tetons National Park. All spectacular!

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    1. Hello! Yes, we had an amazing time in that part of the country and cannot wait to go back! Thank for visiting!

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  2. Oh, my, what an incredible part of the world! Your photos are just awesome to see, as I never made it to that part of the States. I would probably spend days taking photos!

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    1. LOL-- let's just say that I had tons of photos to sort through. Was driving my husband crazy taking so many photos.

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  3. I had only heard of the Badlands..interesting to see and learn more...Michelle

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    1. If you are ever in that part of the country, I highly recommend it.

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  4. Wonderful images and fond memories of our stay at a South Dakota guest ranch at the very edge of the park. Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments on my post.

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  5. Stunning photos and the big size of them makes me feel I was there! Great.

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