In all my trips through the Badlands of South Dakota I have never experienced the degree of mystery and spirituality that accompanied this trip. The park is practically vacant in winter and the opportunity to feel the landscape in its utmost natural and rawest form is indescribable. Breathtaking splashes of sunlight prying through stormy blue skies to play in shadow and light, heart pounding with adrenalin as I braced myself and tripod against 45 mph winds gusts at the edge of a precipice to photograph distant bison on a plateau at the base of a ragged peak, emerging from a bend in a pass to discover the sky to the West filling with an urgent sudden snow squall while a herd of deer alert me to their presence with the characteristic white flagging of their tails as they bound out of view in the tall prairie grass. This and so much more was part of my trip. I hope you will enjoy the images to come of the Badlands in winter and also Spearfish Canyon during one of the most peaceful and poetic times of year on the Plains.


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  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 5 years ago

    Great comp………your on the right track with this one !!!

  • Thanks !! I had a fantastic trip! Can’t wait to share the new stuff with my RB family :0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    Looking forward to your roads less travelled during the winter months Dawne…welcome back ;) xoxox

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 5 years ago

    Very much enjoying them all! Thanks for showing me this amazing part of your world xx

  • DesImages
    DesImagesover 5 years ago

    Great composition and a very interesting commentary

  • CarolM
    CarolMover 5 years ago

    Excellent point of view. The leading lines really draw you in. Great shot!!!

  • Thank you Carol! I appreciate your visit and comments!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Shell59
    Shell59over 5 years ago

    Awesome intro, writing, and a superb shot to boot!
    I’m too impressed Dawne! ;0)

  • Thanks Mike!

    – Dawne Olson

    IRISHPIXover 5 years ago

    This is absolutely magnificent .

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