Buttes and Spires in Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is a desolate landscape of buttes and spires carved by centuries of prairie winds and rain. It is located on the edge of the Great Plains grasslands, home of the Ingalls homestead from Little House on the Prairie.

From the top of the spires looking out on the landscape, it is hard not to think of the Old West. Some of the names associated with this area include Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith.

Visually, the harsh shadows introduced by the mid-day sun seem to emphasize the starkness of the landscape and bring out its detail.

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