Badlands National Park, SD
Rolling waves of ancient yellow rock.
This photo, taken at Yellow Mounds Overlook, was shot late in the afternoon. As a result, the shadows gave an exceptionally great depth to the shot. The sun also seemed to intensify the yellowness of the mounds themselves. The characteristic yellow coloration comes from sea-level evaporation and weathering thousands of years ago as the Badlands were being formed.
Before I caught this shot, I was searching for a good place for a sunset scene. When I found this location, I changed my mind and decided to position myself so as to highlight the natural beauty of the yellow mounds.
Finding the natural beauty in age-old land formations will never be a challenge for me.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 24-70 f2.8
Exposure: 1/125 second