Badlands Yellow Mounds

When the black hills were formed in South Dakota the ancient sea drained away. Once exposed to air, the black ocean mud was weathered into a yellow soil known as the yellow mounds. Tropical plants began to grow. Today many fossils are found in the yellow mounds.

I took these shots on a somewhat cloudy day which diffused the normally harsh afternoon light and added to the soft colours in the hills.

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4 Responses to “Badlands Yellow Mounds”

  1. Chris Nitz says:

    Totally diggin the almost pastel colors you found in these hills. Crazy good stuff!

  2. Mark says:

    The pastels are terrific here Anne. Very nice. Reminds me of Rainbow Sherbet. :-)

  3. Patricia Dickerson says:

    I love these images of the Badlands. I grew up in SD but we didn’t venture out much when I was a kid. 30 years later I’m mesmerized by the beauty of the Black Hills, Badlands, and all that SD has to offer. Thank you for sharing these. They remind me a bit of the Painted Hill, part of the John Day Fossil Beds, in Oregon.

    • Hi Patricia, thank you for your visit and comments! I’ll have to check out the painted hill in Oregon, I haven’t been there but I have been to Oregon many times. South Dakota was beautiful. I absolutely loved it there. Between Badlands and Custer State Park I think I could spend a lot of time there.

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