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The Castle-Medicineroot Loop

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 1 October 2017 in Landscape & Rural.

It was my last day in the park and I wanted to hike this lengthy loop route. I figured the trails should be dried out after the snow melt so, off I went. Western wheatgrass is the predominant grass in the prairie areas of the park. Growing one to two feet (30 - 61 centimeters) high, it is a sod builder and thrives on the clay soils of the Badlands.

Of course, I was immediately intrigued by the spiky plants on the prairie. I asked about them later, at the visitor center, and found that they are mullein, an invasive species. The ranger I talked to happened to be working on the control of such non-native plants.

The Castle-Medicineroot Loop
Badlands National Park
South Dakota, USA

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

These small mountains are really strange and very interesting to discover. You lived in a country where there is so much to see...

1 Oct 2017 5:03am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine, quiet looking landscape.

1 Oct 2017 5:43am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique point de vue. )

1 Oct 2017 6:03am

julie from France

Superbe décor d'western.... j'adore ;)
Bon dimanche Steve !! Bise.

1 Oct 2017 6:25am

Pascale MD from France

Très joli photo avec un superbe contraste entre le premier et l'arrière plan.
Bonne journée Steve

1 Oct 2017 6:28am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A wonderful composition with these western wheatgrass even if they are not so welcome there !

1 Oct 2017 7:51am

Bill from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Amazing area. Great shot, Steve.

1 Oct 2017 8:14am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great perspective and composition.

1 Oct 2017 8:33am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ce paysage

1 Oct 2017 8:51am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful wild landscape!

1 Oct 2017 9:08am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

nice point of view

1 Oct 2017 9:32am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


1 Oct 2017 10:01am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
Amazing view !!

1 Oct 2017 11:55am

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the wheat grass. Too bad to see the mullein do so well.

1 Oct 2017 12:52pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely view here...the wheat grass look really nice !!!

1 Oct 2017 1:21pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning capture of a beautiful view. I like fantastic details and the excellent composition. 5* from me.

1 Oct 2017 2:11pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

This is magnificent. 5*

1 Oct 2017 2:50pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ces montagnes en fond ces plantes quelle compo e tiamge sueprbe vue

1 Oct 2017 3:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful landscape in slightly muted colours.

1 Oct 2017 5:04pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Love this piece, Steve! The story about the mulein is really interesting and kind of sad in terms of invasive plants, amazing! I also love the entirelook and feel of this image that has all the appearance of a master painting!!! This image is magnificent!! Thank you!

2 Oct 2017 2:11am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Interesting look

2 Oct 2017 6:12pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

What a surreal landscape... intriguing shot!

2 Oct 2017 9:07pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

I do not like these snakes...

2 Oct 2017 10:09pm

@fateme@@: ;-)

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Amazing composition !

4 Oct 2017 5:09pm