Badlands National Park was until Friday one of the few national parks in the west that I had never seen. The chance to explore it and Wind Cave — these are our two national parks in South Dakota — was what first led me here.
Every park is different, and Badlands is much more different than most. It is a region of savage erosion, almost a moonscape in its barren desolateness. It is beautiful in its own strange way, a landscape of spires, buttes, and canyons.
Here are six of the photographs that I took in this wild place. More than most photographs, they speak for themselves.