Wind River Canyon is a must-see portion of US 20. This scenic part of the highway joins Thermopolis and Shoshone, Wyoming. What makes this canyon so compelling? It is the geology. That is, the layers of rock revealed as you travel through the canyon span almost three-quarters of earth’s history.Continue reading “Wind River Canyon”
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, also known as Wyoming 296, is a 46-mile scenic highway in northern Wyoming. It stretches from just north of Cody Wyoming to the junction with the Beartooth Highway near Cooke City, Montana. Named for the Nez Perce Chief Joseph, the highway roughly follows a portion of the route taken by Chief Joseph and his followers fleeing the US Calvary in 1877. Along the route there are views of the Absaroka Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains and Plateau, plus the canyon of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River.Continue reading “Chief Joseph Scenic Byway”
There are nearly 12,000 acres of picturesque landscape in the Makoshika badlands. Makoshika State Park, near Glendive, Montana, is a great place to start a tour of high plains badlands.Continue reading “Makoshika Badlands Photographs”
Photographing Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TPNP) is a a rewarding experience. Because it is not heavily visited, photographers can capture unobstructed views without cars or people. Yay!
It is important to know that there are three separate areas, or units, of the park: North, South, Elkhorn Ranch. And, they are many miles apart. In addition, along I-94 near Medora, there is the Painted Canyon Visitor Center and rest stop. These photos are from our visit to the North and South units.Continue reading “Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photographs”
Badlands National Park is the archetypal example of badlands in the United States. Nothing dilutes the purity of these ragged erosional formations rising out of the shortgrass prairie. We were suitably impressed with the badlands we had explored in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Makoshika State Park. But, the starkness of Badlands National Park was awe-inspiring.Continue reading “Badlands National Park Photographs”
The Kansas badlands in the western part of the state are an unexpected surprise. If you travel across Kansas on Interstate 70, you have no inkling these geologic wonders lie below the gently rolling landscape.Continue reading “A Visit to the Kansas Badlands…and More”