Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Clouds and the Shadows

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

After the rainbow over the Badlands faded, the setting sun and the perfect clouds made for some truly epic scenery. The shadows cast by the jagged edges of the Badlands added a fantastic edginess, contrasting with the soft skies created by the clouds.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Badlands Beauty

Badlands National Park

Once we saw the rainbow, we chased it up the road to a higher point in the pass.  I wanted to get it falling into the valley.  

About halfway up the pass, I pulled over and got out to get some shots.  Even with a wide angle lens, I couldn't get everything in the shot that I wanted.  So I took multiple overlapping shots.  

This is a 9 image panoramic stitched into one image.

I still feel so lucky every time I look through these images..

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Through The Rainbow

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park only averages around 16 inches of precipitation per year, and some of that is snow.I have been through this park 5 times before and never had a drop of rain, let alone dramatic clouds and a rainbow.
We made it to the Badlands in the late afternoon and the skies were blue with perfect white puffy clouds. We stopped and took a few pictures and looked around, then proceeded to the campground and set up our tent. By then the clouds were getting darker and we were getting hungry, so we headed to the Cedar Pass Lodge for an early dinner.

As we sat there eating, it started to rain, but it didn't really occur to me that this was something I hadn't really seen before...
We finished eating, then headed back to the car and found this awesome sky and a rainbow waiting for us. We jumped in the car and headed up back up the pass, where I got this shot.
I think the odds of us seeing this on any given day of the year were pretty low, so I told Emily that she must be my lucky charm.
I have many more great images from that day, can't wait to post them

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Badlands Road

Badlands National Park

This summer, my 10 year old daughter and I went camping. We drove over 3000 miles in 6 days. We camped next to streams in a National Forest, in a National Park, in a State Park and even slept a few hours in the car at a rest stop on the way home. 

We visited Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Devil's Tower National Monument, Yellowstone National Park and numerous other sites along the way. 

We had a lot of fun and I hope that it is something that she will remember for the rest of her life. Here is the first of many pictures to come...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Milky Way Above the Corn

South of Dodge City, KS

Most of us have no idea what we are missing...

I never really thought much about light pollution until a trip to South Dakota's Badlands 6 years ago. We set up our camp and when I looked up at the night sky I was flabbergasted by the view. If only we could all see skies like this every night.

Driving south from Dodge City, KS on gravel roads to find a spot to make some night sky images, I never expected that I would be so alone. I parked on several different roads for extended periods of time and never saw another car.

I used my phone to light up the corn during this 30 second exposure.

Friday, December 13, 2013

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