The Badlands National Park

Badlands Nation Park, and why I'll probably never be an astrophotographer

We visited the Badlands National Park recently.  The entire purpose was to try my hand at astrophotography. It was a bit windy the night we went out, but I was still able to capture a few shots. None of them are worth showing the public though; they all turned out a wee bit blurry because I used way too long of a shutter speed. At least I know what I did wrong. 

Badlands Selfie | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

Besides the shutter speed, I learned a few things about astrophotography...

  • It is way harder than it looks

  • With my camera I need to be in place, and focused in, before the sun goes down

  • I am a great big chicken when I am standing out in the middle of no where, in the pitch black.

Badlands by Day | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

I seriously would have had a Blair Witch Project experience if my family had not been out in the pitch-black-you-can't-see-beyond-a-foot-in-the-darkness-of-night with me.  I can totally relate to those poor kids...


Joshua Leonard:
I heard two noises coming from two separate areas of space over there. One of them could have been a deer, but the other one sounded like a cackling.

Heather Donahue:
No way!

Joshua Leonard:
Yeah, it was like a serious cackling.

~Blair Witch Project


Badlands by Dusk | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

I think I will stick to the daylight for now, and something I happen to enjoy, panoramas. 

Things you will need for beginning astrophotography....

  • A tripod

  • A remote trigger.... I have an app that will do this for me, or you can use your timer. Which is what I ended up doing because I forgot about my handy app.

  • I used a wide-angle lens, because I was wanting a landscape shot.

  • An editing program, because no matter how great of a shot you make, astrophotography almost always needs a boost from editing.

This is a great site if you want to explore astrophotography further.


You can see more of our visit to Badlands Nation Park at my new Instagram gallery called @wanderingroad

Life Thru the Lens 31/52.... The Badlands National Park, South Dakota

{Side note... I am finally all caught up on visiting your blogs... can I just say, you are ALL amazing. Make sure you visit one another, there is tons of FABULOUS stuff going on around the world.}

The Good....

This year is the Centennial celebration of The National Park Service in the U.S. We have a goal to visit all of the continental national parks, and most of the national parks in Hawaii and Alaska. I am not a huge fan of the thought of riding in a bush plane, but mind might conquer matter to see the majestic sights in northern Alaska. 

We began our national park journey back in the spring of 2013 with a visit to Glacier National Park. That experience was beyond any words that I might string together adequately enough to capture the beauty of the park. Next, we visited Smoky Mountain National Park late in the summer of 2013; I have not shared that experience, but it was fabulous. 

This year, we are planning a fall trip toYellowstone NP and to The Grand Tetons. We have been trying to visit these parks for over 15 years now. We had a trip all planned out but our sick baby boy Dreamer, and an emergancy room cancelled that trip. 

We are extremely excited about our fall trip, but of the most exciting thing about moving back to South Dakota is that several National Parks and sights are right out our backdoor. 

The Fun... Badlands National Park....

Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National Park | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

The Random...

Tips for visiting The Badlands:

~ The Badlands NP does accept park passes... otherwise it is $15.00 per vehicle, or $30.00 annually. 

~ If you visit during the summer time, be sure to bring plenty of water for hydration as the shade is limited and the heat plentiful. 

~ There are a ton of little hikes at each pull over all ranging in a half-mile, to a mile-and-a-half. Take the time to explore off-the-road to experience The Badlands intimately. We are planning a fall trip to hike every trail in the area. 

~ There are accommodations within the park... the Forever Resort, the Cedar Pass and camping as well. 

~ The Badlands vegetation is high desert foliage perfect for rattle snakes to hide in so...

Badlands National ParK | Life Through the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

~ You cannot visit The Badlands without a stop at Wall Drug. From either direction, once you hit the boarder of South Dakota, you will begin to see the signs. "Where the heck is Wall Drug?" Or, "Only (fill in the blank) miles to Wall Drug." Wall Drug is a drugstore that is famous the world over, and so much more.

(Once you see the signs you will begin to see them everywhere. We have seen the signs from Montana to the Middle East, and every where in between.)

Polebridge Mercantile, Montana 

Polebridge Mercantile, Montana 

 

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