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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A Badlands Sunset

My short, 2-day photography stop in the Badlands NP (South Dakota) was too short for me … I have been in love with this place for several years now and it always seems that each trip there is not enough time! Today’s post includes some HDR images of the Badlands landscapes, just before and during […]

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The Big, Bad Badlands

On the way home from my recent Colorado photography trip, I decided to stop by the Badlands NP in South Dakota. This park also has a herd of Bighorn Sheep that I wanted to photograph. But I also photographed several other wildlife species and some landscapes of the wonderful scenery of the Badlands. Over the […]

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2014 Nature Calendar Now Available

Just in time for the holidays, I now have my 2014 Nature Calendars available for purchase on my website. The theme for this year’s calendar is “Our National Parks”, and contains images from 6 of our best known National Parks. Here are a few images from the calendar: Calendar Cover, “Oxbow Bend (Grand Teton NP) […]

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Cliff Hanger

The main reason for my recent photo trip to South Dakota was to photograph some rescued wild horses from the West. I’m currently editing the several days (and many, many) images made of them. I should have a post ready very soon. So I’m going to feature another interesting time with the Badlands’ Bighorn Sheep […]

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Little Bighorn

Yesterday, I posted on some wonderful wildflowers of the Badlands NP. Today’s post, also from the Badlands, features a small group of Bighorn Sheep lambs (Ovis canadensis) that put on quite a show for us one day. On our second day in the park, we rounded a corner and found some Bighorn Sheep ewes among […]

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Wildflowers in the Badlands

During my recent photo trip to South Dakota, I found several species of wildflowers in bloom. The predominant one I found was Missouri Milkvetch (Astragalus missouriensis), a native wildflower that was seen in many areas of the eastern part of the park. This was a new wildflower species for me and it certainly gave the […]

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