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Giant Prairie Dog

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 28 September 2017 in Art & Design.

This fellow located at a small store just outside the park is my stand-in for the real prairie dogs at Badlands National Park. I scouted the good sized Roberts Prairie Dog Town and planned to shoot there.

However, I was in the visitors center one day, to ask a question, and overheard the ranger mention something about the prairie dogs to some other visitors. When it was my turn, I asked what she was mentioning about those interesting critters. She said the prairie dogs were in the midst of a plague epidemic that was sweeping through the park's colonies! Even though the ranger played down the danger, I decided "No Way" was I going near them.

Badlands National Park
South Dakota, USA
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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

TV's nature programs have sometimes shown the life of dog dogs. It is a very interesting creature.

28 Sep 2017 5:33am

Pascale MD from France

Lui au moins, pas de souci pour le fixer sur la capteur ;-)
Bonne journée steve

28 Sep 2017 5:38am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I had never seen pink prairie dog. LOL!

28 Sep 2017 6:30am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

You made the right decision. Prudence is always advisable.
This is a funny statue.

28 Sep 2017 7:38am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


28 Sep 2017 8:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Wise choice . . this one looks safe enough . .

28 Sep 2017 8:12am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle statue !

28 Sep 2017 9:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very nice !

28 Sep 2017 10:03am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rose et vue ces mains et quel jaune sur le ventre superbe.

28 Sep 2017 12:19pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

COOL frame

28 Sep 2017 1:05pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


28 Sep 2017 1:09pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

I think you made the right choice. A nice look at the model.

28 Sep 2017 1:38pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am sorry to hear about the prairie dogs. this is a whimsical statue and looks great against the sky.

28 Sep 2017 1:40pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

So big prairie dog. Lovely. Wonderful capture.

28 Sep 2017 2:07pm

Sam from Chennai, India

You made a wise choice. Great shot. :)

28 Sep 2017 2:55pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This is a fine shot of this colorful statue. After the conversation I can see why you stayed away from this particular animal.

28 Sep 2017 3:02pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful capture !!

28 Sep 2017 3:20pm

willy from Belgium

tu as fait le bon choix Steve

une belle statue


28 Sep 2017 4:54pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & details!

28 Sep 2017 5:40pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique sculpture.)

28 Sep 2017 6:59pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Nature in nature

28 Sep 2017 7:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Yikes! Sad for the prairie dog, but I don't blame you. This one will do nicely.

28 Sep 2017 7:56pm

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

I like the color contrast and the white frame.

28 Sep 2017 8:01pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amazing sculpture.

28 Sep 2017 8:47pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

This is particularly American to me! Reminds me of the kind of thing the Coen brothers might highlight in one of their films...

28 Sep 2017 9:59pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A wonderful tribute to the prairie dog. That makes me sad that their colonies are being inundated with a plague. I always think of the prairie dog as such an iconic part of the west. Sort of like the buffalo.

29 Sep 2017 1:47am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Lovely statue! It is so sad to know they have disappeared!

29 Sep 2017 9:06pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Wow! Good thinking to stick with this painted fellow!

30 Sep 2017 4:31am