The Badlands are an interesting place, sometimes when quite dry they appear nearly colorless, sometimes after some rain, they sprout color and have a completely different look. This night was after a recent rain and the colors were much more interesting than the last time I went bay here.
I was on my way back from my western travels and it appeared I could make the Badlands before nightfall. I was wrong. It was pitch black out by the time I arrived at Panorama Point. I climbed out of Jimmy and the wind was quite stout, probably 20-30 mph. The temperature in the 60s combined with the wind made it rather nippy. But the real worrisome thing apart from being on the edge of a cliff at night in a windstorm was the sign as I started to walk out the walkway to the overlook.
That will get your attention. Sitting on the edge of a cliff holding the tripod leg in a windstorm for 45 minutes to gather this picture was well, interesting. As the camera reset for each new row of the 42 images I flicked on my headlamp to look around. I wasn’t sure making noise due to the wind was helpful but I sang random songs just in case. Have I mentioned I hate rattlesnakes?
I saw rattlesnake scat laying about but fortunately no actual rattlesnakes. Distant clouds were still in the area from previous rain and cleared a bit as I took the ground images. Enjoy a haircurling image!
Specs 42 images (24 sky) 18 ground), f1.8, ISO 10000, 55mm