Friday, July 22, 2011

Sometimes it just takes the right music

Anyone who's traveled the back roads of western South Dakota knows my constant companion on these trips. It's what I call the state soundtrack - my well-worn CD of the music from "Dances With Wolves." It seemed appropriate tonight as I headed west on the Bad River Road in search of good photos.

So imagine my surprise when I came over a hill and saw spread before me a scene right out of the movie. One of the largest herds of buffalo I've seen was grazing in a beautiful valley. It was Ted Turner's Bad River Ranch herd in all their summer glory. Be sure to click on the photo to view it in a larger size.

I stuck around the area long enough to get some incredible sunset silhouettes as huge clouds built into the heavens.

It was a beautiful night to stumble across some great subject matter. Sometimes it just takes the right music!

9 comments:

pattyk said...

What an awesome shot!

pattyk said...

Where is this area?

Becky said...

Amazing shots!!! Love the last one the most!

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks! This is southwest of Fort Pierre in central South Dakota on the Bad River Road.

pattyk said...

Thanks Chad!

pattyk said...

Gravel road I'm guessing? Anything to know before taking it? Thanks again!

Chad Coppess said...

Yes it is a gravel road. You can drive all the way from Fort Pierre to Midland, which takes you through the ghost town of Capa - http://www.dakotagraph.com/search/label/Capa. The only resident of Capa is an older gentleman named Phil who loves visitors. (At least I hope he's still there. I met him two years ago.)

You may come to some rutted roads on the west end of the route, so a higher-clearance vehicle would be a good thing.

Chad Coppess said...

Looks like my link didn't work well in that last reply. Go to the Dakotagraph home page and use the drop-down search box on the right side to find photos and a description of Capa.

Also, those buffalo have a large area to roam in, so there's no guarantee you'll find them next to the road.

pattyk said...

Thanks for the info Chad! Both our vehicles are 4WD so that shouldnt be an issue. We love driving the back roads... and the ghost town is a plus! Will check it out on your page. I figured it was hit or miss on the buffalo but worth a try.
Thanks again!