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.
Chris Nitz says
Totally diggin the almost pastel colors you found in these hills. Crazy good stuff!
The pastels are terrific here Anne. Very nice. Reminds me of Rainbow Sherbet. 🙂
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.
Anne McKinnell says
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.
Beautiful shot, i was there last month and visited all the famous national parks… Badlands is really unique n interesting kind of nature scenery.
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thanks for sharing ur photos.