Badlands of South Dakota...

joan_mnJuly 28, 2009

no matter how many times I see them, I never get tired of them.


(first pic Canon Digital Rebel XTi, second pic, Canon Powershot SD1100 IS).

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pfmastin

How beautiful, joanmn. I like the cloud shadows and the perspective in the second photo. We lived in SD for several years and it's a magical place.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 8:01AM
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rcnaylor

Very cool Joan. And those do indeed look like badlands. I've found its pretty hard to capture "big" scenes well. Good job.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 8:56AM
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alisande

Good scenes. Any idea why they're called Badlands?

I read Pam's comment with the wrong glasses on and thought she said . . . it's a marginal place. Glad I switched glasses and re-read. :-)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 1:45PM
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joan_mn

Marginal...good one!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 1:47PM
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pfmastin

LOL alisande,
It's marginal in the winter. ;)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 3:58PM
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solstice98

I grew up in North Dakota and seem to recall that the name actually comes from the Native Americans who lived in the area. They called it badlands and if you ever tried to walk through it you would understand! Very difficult terraine. Beautiful though. Thanks for the pictures - it's been many many years since I was there.

Kate

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 4:05PM
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joan_mn

I can't imagine it in the winter. MN is tough enough! That's why we started spending winters in Florida.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 4:27PM
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pfmastin

Sort of off topic...I lived in MN, too, Joan. In Duluth. I have to say when we moved to PA and then here to NC I swore I didn't care if I ever saw another snowflake. We're native Kentuckians and were totally out of our element. BTW, my husband was with a newspaper corporation and he made me go with him. ;)

The coldest in SD was -38 and the hottest was 108. I can't imagine how enough early settlers survived to establish the state. Solstice, I admire your hardiness!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 4:51PM
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joan_mn

I live 90 miles south of Duluth. What a gorgeous place! (in the summer and fall).
We did get down to -40 actual temp once, usually not that cold, though.
Last winter in FL, we just had to put a tarp over the flowers 6 or 7 nights!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 7:56PM
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solstice98

Solstice, I admire your hardiness!

I lived there only until I was 24, then started moving south. I'm in Orlando FL now and plan to stay here! Hardy? Not so much anymore!

Kate

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 10:13PM
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gardenlover25

Hello Joan,

The photos are timeless. I've never been to your place seeing those photos makes me feel great. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:12AM
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