Badlands - Favorite Photo Locations

September 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It was a clear crisp morning and we left at sunrise as the frost crunched below our feet.  To us this is the best time of the day to explore and when we see the most wildlife.  Before we entered the Interior entrance of the park a small herd of Mule Deer grazed and the sunrise backlit  majestic male deer.  In the Bigfoot Pass area a Golden Eagle stretched its wings before it soared off to catch its breakfast.  A small herd of Big Horn Sheep were grazing at the Homestead Overlook and then the fog crept in through the craggy cliffs. The Yellow Mounds were brilliant with pinks, reds, yellows and greens and the winds began to lift the scarfs of fog away as though it was smoke. Another larger herd of Big Horn Sheep were grazing just before Sage Creek Rim Road.  The large ram was with this group.  Since the Sage Creek Rim Road was closed we backtracked to get to 509 South.  On the way we saw another small group of Big Horn Sheep on the cliffs and they were walking along the narrow sides.  Two small ewes were in the grass and I used them for todays photo.  Before we left the park a few large male Bison were sitting in the grass. And this all took place in the first two hours of our day! 

Today we also watched the Prairie Dogs play, a Coyote pounce for its dinner in high grasses, and returned to the Sunflower fields.  Then we visited a small town called Scenic.  It was a great place full off old buildings including a stone jail and a metal jail.  I don't think many people live there but it was a fun place to visit.


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