26 comments on “Badlands National Park

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I visited the Badlands a lot when I was young (I grew up in North Dakota), but I haven’t been there in ages. I’d love to take my kids there. Really gorgeous territory as your wonderful photos shows.

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  2. vastlycurious.com says:

    Oh I love this!! I so want to visit your part of the world one day. I have a funny reminder that popped up on my phone thanks to you πŸ™‚ http://wp.me/a2dwKf-1xh

    Maybe next year!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hugs, Kathryn. I love it! I hope you’ll come this way some time. There’s so much beauty here and it would be so great to meet you in person!
      Cathy

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      • vastlycurious.com says:

        Well, I am leaving to head back to the NL tonight so it will have to wait until next year! Maybe we can connect in 2015!

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        That would be awesome! We’re not going to the festival this year either. My sister is moving out to Fort Collins in late August and I’m going to drive back with her from Georgia. Then Peter and I are leaving in September for a 10-day dive trip to Belize (and I’ve got get some work in there somewhere πŸ™‚ ). Safe travels, Kathryn!

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      • vastlycurious.com says:

        Thanks Cathy, I have told so many people about Moab and it left a BIG impression on me. I hope to do it and if I forget please remind me? Hugs Cathy! β™₯

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  3. mimijk says:

    Magnificent – I know I use that adjective a lot when commenting on your photos…

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  4. Amy says:

    Great photo of this majestic place, Cathy! It must be an adventure hiking πŸ™‚

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Amy. There are lots of beautiful hikes in the area, especially the Black Hills. These bluffs are so large, and they’re not really very climbable, so hiking in the Badlands is a bit limited, but we found some other places were we really enjoyed the hiking. Such rugged country.

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  5. Lovely photo of an amazing place, Cathy. We love the Badlands and pass them every year to and from Wyoming. Sometimes we drive through and some years we visit elsewhere, although always on the way home as we’re too anxious to arrive to stop on the way out. πŸ™‚

    janet

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I’m glad you enjoy them too, Janet. I don’t know if you experience the same thing, but the scale of the bluffs makes them somewhat difficult to capture well. I took lots of shots in early morning and late afternoon and got several that I liked, but it was a challenge. I’m going to also play with them to see if I like them better in B & W. Hope your trip to Europe is going wonderfully!

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  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Love the rock layers! Thanks for sharing a shot of a place I haven’t visited.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Frank! While they look like rocks, they’re really more like sandy bluffs and apparently they’re eroding all the time. The layers are fascinating and somewhat hard to capture unless the light is close to perfect. The colors really fade out in the mid-day sun, but I was pleased to get some shots where they appeared.

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  7. Yet again, another beautiful shot. You give great landscape, Cathy. Until now, I was only aware of “Badlands” as a Bruce Springsteen song and a 1973 film starring Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Even though the film is set in South Dakota, the location didn’t make an impression on me at 14. Clearly, I was living under a rock.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Or a bluff in this case, V. These bluffs are basically clay sediment from eroded igneous rocks of the Black Hills nearby. Very interesting geology (as is true of most of the West). Apparently the area got its name from French trappers who were trying to get their wagons around this stuff and they weren’t amused by the steep, slippery clay outcroppings. In fact, we tried an established hiking trail over one of the saddles in the bluffs and bailed out because it was so steep and slippery. I’m quite adventurous, but not too keen on heights…

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  8. bikerchick57 says:

    It’s a beautiful place, have been there twice and would go again.

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  9. russtowne says:

    The badlands look darn good when viewed through your eyes.
    Russ

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  10. Brigitte says:

    It’s the colors of nature that inspire artists, fashion, everything. I’ve not been to that part of the country but it looks, from your pics, that a cowboy or Indian could peek over those striped mountains any moment. That’s what good photos do — make us appreciate what is, what has been and what could be. This wonderful shot does just that, Cathy.

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  11. seabluelee says:

    I love the contrast of the tender, green-gold plants and the dry, barren bluffs. Lovely composition.

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