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Sunday, September 25, 2016


In June, my motorcycle buddy, Pizza Steve, proposed a spur of the moment idea to ride to the Badlands of South Dakota.  After securing two rooms at the Sunshine Inn (yes really) in Wall, SD, we were set to go.  Here are a few pictures from that trip.

View From The Road in The Badlands

Pizza Steve imagines having this view from his homestead.  Minus the rattlesnakes, of course.  Pizza Steve, I discovered, is no fan of rattlesnakes.  

Day 2  The Black Hills

Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills

After eating dinner on our second night, we decided to ride a few miles out of town and try some pictures of the stars.  

Another view from the road, this time at night.

Night Three - Night Photography in The Badlands

As it started to get dark, the wildlife started to appear on the ridges and roadways.

Pizza Steve silhouetted by the sunset as he photographs the wildlife walking along the ridge. 

My camera is mounted on the back seat of my motorcycle, facing backwards.  The green lights seen in the right side of the photo are from the satellite tracker I have mounted on my luggage rack.

It was so dark out here, and the stars were so bright you would swear you could hear them.  With a little (aka a lot) of help from a car that just happened to drive up the road, shining it's headlights on the hills while my shutter was open, I captured this shot of both the Milky Way and the hills.

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  1. "NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!! I WILL NOT MESS WITH RATTLESNAKES!" Ah, good times! Thanks for making the trip with me, made all that much better having you along. I don't think I would have made a midnight run through the Badlands on a motorcycle, solo. Damn, that was dark.
    -Pizza Steve.

    1. Looking forward to next year - perhaps trying to photograph the elusive Big Foot at O-Dark-30 in the Cascades?

  2. Really enjoyed these Dave. The badlands is one of my favorite places. Most of the time I have been there is up in North Dakota but all of them are so scenic and great to look at.

  3. To me, I know the badlands are beautiful but this trip had to be all about the stars. "Oh my God, just look at all the stars." Awesome.

  4. I'm so glad the Cynical Lens is back in business. However, a couple of those pictures just made me think of road kill (even though I loved them all). I visited Jim Brandenburg's gallery last week. Amazing.