Therapy in The Badlands

The last few days were busy traveling to/from, and photographing in the Badlands NP in South Dakota. Shortly after my wife, Karen’s recent death, I had a lot of decisions to make. One of them was whether to continue traveling and photographing nature. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Karen, who supported me whole-heartedly in my nature photography activities, would not want me to stop. With that in mind, I decided to take a few days off and travel to the Badlands NP in South Dakota, a place both she and I have been to many times in the past few years. On this trip, I would concentrate on photographing the Perseid meteor shower, recently proclaimed to being an “outburst” this year, with even more than the typical 100 meteors/hour being observable.

Karen particularly loved the colorful rock formations that are found throughout the park. So I decided to take along some of her ashes and sprinkle them among the colorful formations she so much enjoyed seeing and photographing. The photo below was captured with my phone camera, near the spot where I sprinkled her ashes:

Badlands NP landscape

I think she would be pleased with becoming part of this landscape. Imagine looking over this beautiful area for each day of the rest of your life!

I did manage to capture some of the Perseid meteors, along with some of my favorite subjects to photograph in the Badlands:  baby bighorn sheep, black-tailed prairie dogs, beautiful wildflowers, and much more. Over the next few posts, I will be sharing some of my favorite images captured in the Badlands last week.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Android phone camera, shooting as a Point/Shoot camera
  • Edited image in Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CS5

 

 

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  • Suzan Lowe

    I’m glad you are back to doing what you love. It’s true – Karen would definitely want & expect you to continue your work. Perfect place to spread her ashes – she would love it!

  • Louise Harffey

    So wonderful that you are back and also what you did was very thoughtful and brave. Wonderful place!

  • Thanks, Louise. Yes, we both enjoyed our many trips into the Badlands … memories that will always be with me! :o)

  • Thanks, Suzan! Glad you and Bill could make the memorial service … it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you :o)