Badlands Trail – Badlands National Park

Badlands Trail © 2010 Bo Mackison

First stop — Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

An all day drive from Madison, if you start at 4 a.m. We did — leave at 4 a.m., that is –and so we arrived with enough light to set up camp before catching a dozen shots of the park dressed in the light of the setting sun.

In the morning we explored several trails, including this one across from the Visitor’s Center which led up the the peaks of those jagged formations. They were crumbly, slippery, and high. Hint: I did not climb all the way to the top this year. After all, it was only the second day out, and I wanted to stay in good condition for the next destinations.

My new camera is proving to be great, when I can remember the many settings, all of which are in different places than my Olympus. I only practiced with it for a couple of weeks before we left for the trip, and I am painfully aware that I don’t know the new camera as well as I knew my old one. I hope by the end of this trip, I’ll have learned this ins and outs of this camera.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Very nice shot. Looks like the new camera is doing quite nicely.

  2. Looks like you and the camera are having a wonderful time! Enjoy each minute.

  3. This is a gorgeous capture! I’m sure you and your camera will be the best of buddies by the time this trip is over. 🙂

  4. Bo Mackison says:

    I hope you are all correct about the camera and me becoming best buddies. Some shots are a struggle while others turn out just as I hope. Learning curve, for sure!

  5. Bo, I have the same camera and just got it not too long ago. Indeed, it is a learning curve with this camera and so different than what I shot with before, and yes, some shots are a struggle. I’m sure enjoying the photos you are sharing.

  6. Well, I think you’re doing fantastic with your new camera, dear. Good heavens, what a great shot! The colors, the power. Wow!

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