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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Fun Friday: Plump Little Doggie




While in the Badlands, I came upon one of many prairie dog towns. As the day progressed, and temperatures rose into the 20’s, Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) began to appear. This little guy looks like he is getting plenty to eat! In reality, his coat was bristled out and furnishing him some warmth in […]

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A Golden Opportunity




… to see a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), that is. On the first of my 2 days in Badlands NP in late October, I was afforded the opportunity to see and photograph a Golden Eagle. I’ve seen a couple of goldens before … one in Yellowstone NP and a juvenile just outside Big Bend NP […]

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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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