Christopher L. Nelson Images: Blog en-us (C) Christopher L. Nelson Images (Christopher L. Nelson Images) Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:27:00 GMT Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:27:00 GMT Christopher L. Nelson Images: Blog 80 120 Badlands of South Dakota The Badlands of South Dakota...

From the moment I saw them I was in awe! Don't let the name fool you...the Badlands are far from bad.  The peaks and gullies, ancient rock formations and bands of color are mesmerizing and beautiful. Particularly in the golden hour of early morning and late afternoon, when soft low light throws shadows and brings the landscape to life.  During those hours the true beauty of the Park reveals itself.

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Our trip was in early September and surprisingly the number of tourists and traffic was pretty low.  One morning I was up well before sunrise and in the park and to my delight barely saw any other people.  I felt like I had the Badlands all to myself, but for the distant howls of a pack of coyotes.

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On the first day I felt a bit overwhelmed by what seemed like an endless expanse of ridges, spires, buttes and otherworldly terrain, but slowly, as time passed, I began to focus on smaller areas and take in the more subtle aspects of the area and appreciate its detail.  We had 3 days...we needed three times that.

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In addition to the fascinating landscapes, there is a variety of wildlife in the Badlands.  We saw Bison, Bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, jack rabbits and deer, but there are also rattlesnakes, black-footed ferrets and coyotes to name a few, not to mention, many species of birds.

It was a short trip, just 3 days.  A good start to many more treks to South Dakota and into the Badlands.  


(Christopher L. Nelson Images) Badlands Dakota Landscapes National Nature Parks South Sunsets Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:26:31 GMT
Along Boreas Pass Boreas Pass, elevation 11,481 ft (3,499 m), is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. The pass is located on the continental divide, at the crest of the Front Range along the border between Park (south) and Summit counties. The correct pronunciation of the pass name is (Bore-ays).

The pass was formerly known as Breckenridge Pass in the 1860s, when it served as an early route for thousands of prospectors during the Colorado Gold Rush who crossed from South Park to look for gold in the valley of the Blue around Breckenridge.

Along Boreas Pass, Breckenridge, CO.Along Boreas Pass, Breckenridge, CO.

(Christopher L. Nelson Images) Art Boreas Colorado Fine Landscapes Nature pass Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:16:51 GMT
Burgess Falls  

   Burgess Falls State Park, located in Sparta, Tennessee, is one of many beautiful parks in middle Tennessee, that have waterfalls. DSC_4612-HDR-Edit-EditDSC_4612-HDR-Edit-Edit

(Christopher L. Nelson Images) Waterfalls, Tennessee, State Parks, Landscapes, Nature Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:19:56 GMT