Viewing: The Black Hills

Yellow Mounds in the Badlands

Badlands National Park, SD

Yellow Mounds in the Badlands by Eric Reynolds - Landscape Photographer

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The Story

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.

Image Details

Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Nikkor 24-70 f2.8

ISO: 200

Aperture: 10

Exposure: 1/125 second