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Old 08-30-2009, 08:23 PM   #166
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Yes, The Little Missouri River valley. Marmarth, North Dakota is in the valley, and it gets drier and more rugged as you go north from there. The Theodore Roosevelt Park is in the badlands. These pictures are from north of the park.










Thanks, Klay. Definitely just moved that area up higher on the priority list, very cool looking topography.

Is there a better time of the year to visit the region?
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:26 PM   #167
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Thanks, Klay. Definitely just moved that area up higher on the priority list, very cool looking topography.

Is there a better time of the year to visit the region?

I think it's terrifically hot in the middle of the summer, so I'd avoid the midsummer, but it's sort of a crapshoot. I went in the middle of May and was hypothermic most of the time. I actually injured my ankles from using them too much while numb.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:32 PM   #168
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This is in Marmarth, North Dakota. Compare to Selkin's pictures early in the thread.






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Old 08-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #169
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I think it's terrifically hot in the middle of the summer, so I'd avoid the midsummer, but it's sort of a crapshoot. I went in the middle of May and was hypothermic most of the time. I actually injured my ankles from using them too much while numb.
wow, it must have been colder than your pictures looked. everyonce in a while - a road will add just the right effect to a picture, in my book. That red gravel did in those. very nice.

the book mentioned in Bill's first post...I think (Bill please correct me) has a shot of the Whitman road in Northern Nebraska that was freshly paved and really pops against the grass of the Sandhills, winding among the hills like a ribbon. sometimes, man's intrusion on the landscape can be attractive.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #170
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My daughter took this image while we were back home working on one of the pasture water tanks. For anyone who's been around windmills, you can see that the wind was blowing pretty strong that day. Note how the tail isn't centered behind the fan. The wind was strong enough to push the tail to the side. It's how the windmill is designed to protect itself from turning too fast in high winds.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:54 PM   #171
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My daughter took this image while we were back home working on one of the pasture water tanks. For anyone who's been around windmills, you can see that the wind was blowing pretty strong that day. Note how the tail isn't centered behind the fan. The wind was strong enough to push the tail to the side. It's how the windmill is designed to protect itself from turning too fast in high winds.

This I did not know. Thanks, Jim.

I had an old windmill squeak to life last week one morning when I was out waiting for the sun to come up. broke the silence and scared the crap out of me.
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:15 PM   #172
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:34 PM   #173
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:33 AM   #174
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:57 AM   #176
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That landscape at your dad's looks like Wally's shot, in Kansas...Something about a nice piece of praire without fences in it..You should shoot that a couple more times during the seasons to show the change......Pup fits right in....
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:01 PM   #179
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My daughter took this image while we were back home working on one of the pasture water tanks. For anyone who's been around windmills, you can see that the wind was blowing pretty strong that day. Note how the tail isn't centered behind the fan. The wind was strong enough to push the tail to the side. It's how the windmill is designed to protect itself from turning too fast in high winds.
Jim,

Tell the adventure daughter to quit taking such good photographs....
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:19 PM   #180
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wow, it must have been colder than your pictures looked. every once in a while - a road will add just the right effect to a picture, in my book. That red gravel did in those. very nice.

the book mentioned in Bill's first post...I think (Bill please correct me) has a shot of the Whitman road in Northern Nebraska that was freshly paved and really pops against the grass of the Sandhills, winding among the hills like a ribbon. sometimes, man's intrusion on the landscape can be attractive.
I agree with what you're saying about the effect... Wally---The "Whitman Road" image is displayed on the Website, but not in the "Great Plains" Book...

Heres another look at contrast between the man-made and natural features..




A little more on the black coating on the roads in Nebraska....

Its not much more than a black tar like paint the roads department sprays on top of the roads in the state...Although it makes the roads look like they have been re-surfaced, it does little to fix the damaged surface and chug holes....

My biggest issue with this process is it doesn't solve the problem of worn out damaged roads, and makes riding in the dark on a motorcycle very dangerous, as the black soaks up the light from the bikes headlights and makes it difficult to see possible hazards laying in the road...
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