The Wall near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Badlands National Park, with tipis
I don't have time to leave work these days, not with all the preparations for next week's grand ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building. But I had a meeting with friends and colleagues at Badlands National Park today. This is not an onerous drive. It's 75 miles. You can get out there in under an hour via interstate, or just over an hour on the blue highways.
Or it can take you 3 hours to cover the territory by meandering all over the landscape on the tiny unpaved roads chasing storm clouds, rainbows and wildlife.
It was spectacular. Fall is starting, no matter what the calendar says. The grasses are brown and red, the cottonwoods are turning yellow, the meadowlarks and killdeer are wildly restless. Afternoon storms change the light in a million different ways every minute. The angle of the light has slipped lower; summer is over up here. The winds are cooler. I cannot remember when I last watched every minute of a 2-hour sunset.
I came home, unlike my camera batteries, fully recharged and ready for the week ahead. Not trying to set any overland speed records worked wonders. I did have time, after all. Here's hoping you enjoy the scenery, too.
First signs of fall
Sign in Scenic, SD
Pteranodon sculpture, Scenic
Distant Badlands, Sage Creek Road
Bison and prairie dog
Badlands in early fall colors
Storm clouds rolling in
Badlands sunshine and shadow
More storm clouds over Interior
Holy Rosary church, Interior
Presbyterian church, Interior
Jail, Interior, undoubtedly not in use
Welcome sign, Interior
House, Interior, with spectacular light
Yet more storm clouds
Double rainbow, Conata
More sunshine and shadow
Clouds and light, Sage Creek
Storm cloud sunset