Last week I first reported on my trip to North and South Dakota and posted a few landscapes I captured while visiting the badlands. This week I’m posting more intimate nature images I captured in each of these areas. I love exploring the little details of flowers, foliage and abstractions that I come across while hiking and I often spend long periods of time in one place just trying to find the best composition. Anyway, Here are some of the small worlds I captured while on my recent journey.
Dew on spiderwebs is a favorite of macro photography everywhere and for good reason. The small drops shimmer in the early morning light and look like a string of diamonds. Here is a good example of spending time finding the right composition. I stayed in the area for almost an hour working around the various spiderwebs that were bridging shafts of prairie grass.
On the Painted Canyon overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park there is a trail that descends into the canyon and for about a mile one can hike around the bluffs and rocks at the bottom. Near the far end of the loop was a patch of sunflowers glowing in the morning sun.
These bluebells were sprouting in the shade of a small stand of trees at the bottom of the Painted Canyon. Their blue violet color contrasted with the verdant green making them pop out everywhere one looked.
I am especially drawn to abstractions in nature, patterns and designs. This rock outcropping had some interesting patterns created from the wind and water erosion in the area.
Just below the spiderweb from my previous image, I spent some time capturing the various drops of water clinging to the side. I loved how the reflections green blades of grass from the surroundings filled the little droplets.
Lastly, I found these foxtails swaying in a gentle breeze in a large field. While many had already lost their droplets from the dew, I found a few that had small drops on the bristles. This was another time I found myself spending quite a bit of time quietly capturing various versions of this composition.
Be sure to also check out Trip Report 1: Journey to the Badlands of North and South Dakota – Landscapes posted last week!
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