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With the unsettled weather I wanted to get out to the Badlands early in case there was a great sunrise. Even though we were a little late in getting started things were just starting to get good when we arrived. The Badlands are a place where I have seen some of my most spectacular sunrises. We were not disappointed on this morning.

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Just as I was leaving for another location a Bighorn Ram came walking into the picture.

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As the sun continued to rise we started driving alone the park road toward the east entrance to the park.

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We drove off on the road to the Conata Picnic Area. We were amazed to hear a chorus of frogs. I’ve hiked in the Badlands many times and have never heard or seen a frog. Later we checked and there are six different frogs found in the Badlands. With all of the rain this spring they were having a great time. As we drove along we could see it was dark in the west. It made a nice contrast to the rocks.

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As we drove back toward the west entrance to the park we encountered some Bighorn Sheep grazing along the road. There was a ewe and Lamb in the group. These were probably some of the same sheep we had seen the evening before.

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More photos from the Badlands can be found on my website.

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One Comment

  1. WOW! These are exceptional images – I love a good sunrise and this landscape really show it off so well. Wonderful 🙂


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