My, What Big Ears You Have!




One of the traits of the Mule Deer … very large ears! While waiting for the evening sky to darken and the stars to become visible, a pair of Mule Deer approached my location in the Badlands. Here are a couple of images I captured of the grazing deer: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark […]

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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 […]

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Badland Bighorn Sheep, Part 2




This Part 2 of the Badland Bighorn Sheep post includes some images captured in the Badlands NP, on my way home. Here are a few of my favorite images of these wonderful mammals that roam the rocky slopes and jagged peaks of the Badlands: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF 100-400mm, […]

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Badland Bighorn Sheep




Ok, vacation time is over … well, not exactly a vacation … more on that later. During a recent road trip to South Dakota and Wyoming, I captured some images of Bighorn sheep ewes and lambs (a few young rams were seen among the groups) in the Badlands NP of South Dakota. I stopped for […]

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Did You Know?




Did you know that the Bighorn Sheep rams will deliberately break off part of their curved horns? When photographing the rams of Waterton Canyon and the Badlands NP, I noticed that most all of the older rams … those with “full curls” … had horns that were broken off near the tips. As a photographer […]

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Badland’s Mule Deer




Besides the bighorn sheep, the bison, and the prairie dogs, the Badland’s prairies also have a large concentration of Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), which also happened to be in rut during my visit. Here are a few images I collected in the early morning drives through the Badland. A rather large buck, with a small […]

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Fun Friday: Smile for the Camera!




Actually, this Bighorn Sheep ram (Ovis canadensis) was performing a “lip curl”, checking the air to see if any of the nearby ewes might be coming into season, during the fall rut. The sheep, like many other mammals, have excellent olfactory sensory organs that are utilized when lip curling. The landscape is certainly different than […]

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The Big Boys Take a Break




Today I’m featuring some closeup images of the American Bison of the Badlands NP: It was quite cold in the Badlands, as evidenced by the leftover snow from a storm that came through the area¬† 4 days earlier. Making it seem even colder was the winds that funneled through the area. Case in point is […]

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Home on the Range




In one large area of the Badlands NP, there is an active herd of American Bison (Bos bison). Here are a few images I captured of the herd on the prairie: As the herd slowly moved toward me, I was able to capture a few closeup images, which I’ll feature in an upcoming post. Photo […]

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From Chili Dog to Hot Dog




Yesterday’s post featured a single, Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) that was fluffed up as the early morning winds made the cold air feel bitterly cold (“Plump Little Doggie”). A short while later, the sun began to warm the area (still cold, though!) and today’s post features some photographs of active Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys […]

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