The Badlands have been photographed millions of times and in so many different ways. The awe they inspire is endless I guess. Having lived in South Dakota my whole life, I have gone through this part of the country several times and it always looks different. I was struck by the thought of how early pioneers, using primitive tools like the implement in this image, tried to “own” this land— they tilled the prairies and built roads through the Badlands. We erected fences and designated “reservations” and hunted the game. Yet in the end, it belongs still to those who were there first. The buffalo, the antelope, the native Americans. And in spirit — if not in actuality, they will go on owning it after the prairie and the sun and time absorb the tools and machines we have invented to ravish it.


  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture – - – perfect title!!!!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Dawne Olson

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoover 5 years ago

    Awesome photo, Dawne! this is so South Dakota. Lighting is excellent, framed well and the old farm equipment and buffalo make the Badlands scene whole. Well done – I can’t think of anything that I would change in this piece.

  • Thanks Scott… I appreciate your admiration of this new work from the Badlands. I can’t think of a more unique landscape really.

    – Dawne Olson

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 5 years ago

    Great timing Dawne! Wonderful capture! The layers of colour are great!

  • Leslie Wood
    Leslie Woodover 5 years ago

    Stunning image!!

  • Thank you Leslie… really apprecaited :0)

    – Dawne Olson

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Dawne, your subject and the landscape capture are superb in this work……….a real pleasure to view Hon………….
    cheers, Rosie :)))))

  • Such a lovely comment.. Thank you Rosie xx

    – Dawne Olson

  • PeteMurrell
    PeteMurrellover 5 years ago

    This is a perfect depiction of that part of the world. I’ve only driven through here once (I’m from Australia) and this is an image that evokes so many memories.
    Love it.

  • I’m so happy you had that experience! Thank you Pete!

    – Dawne Olson

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

  • Thank you!!! I love the animated “thumbs up” !!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 5 years ago

    Very effective image! Your elements are well chosen for a beautifully depicted message.

  • Much thanks… sometimes everything is just in the right place at the right time.

    – Dawne Olson

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonover 5 years ago

    Great image! Congratulations on your Feature!

  • Thanks Pamela… such an honor!

    – Dawne Olson

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 5 years ago

    Check out the differences in this image, animal, landscape, left overs from man….love the stripes in the rock. Top Shot Dawne

  • Thanks Sonia! It just happened to work :0)

    – Dawne Olson

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