Where Eagles Fly : Squaw-Humper Creek ~ Above the Rugged and Harsh Badlands of South Dakota

in #photography6 years ago

This intricate maze of rivulets and creeks cascading across the ground is an aerial close up of a small part of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The larger creek on the top left-hand side of this image is Little Squaw-Humper Creek. Badlands often have a spectacular color display that alternates from dark black/blue coal stria to bright clay to red scoria. This is a land of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest area of undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States.

Squaw-Humper Creek in the Badlands

The First Nations Lakota people were the first to call this place “mako sica” or “land bad.” Extreme temperatures, lack of water, and the exposed rugged terrain led to this name. French-Canadian fur trappers also called it “les mauvais terres pour traverse,” or “bad lands to travel through.”

The term "badlands" is designated as a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. These are usually characterized by steep slopes, minimal vegetation, lack of a substantial regolith, and high drainage density. Canyons, ravines, gullies, buttes, mesas, hoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often difficult to navigate by foot.
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I lensed these images while flying above the Bandlands of South Dakota while on an exploration journey for my project "Where Eagles Fly".

About The Project 

Where Eagles Fly - The American Wilderness Expedition is my personal mission to introduce people to these amazing locations that surround us. I am piloting a bush plane while exploring and filming throughout the remote back-country areas of North America to raise awareness of the 47% of the USA and 90% of Canada that remain unpopulated wilderness. 

About The Author 

My name is Zedekiah Morse and I'm a Bush Pilot, Photographer, Explorerand Filmmaker. I live in the Rocky Mountains and devote my time and resources to exploring as much of the world as I can by air. 

If you wish to watch a short film detailing how I do my work and this project, go here.    

Thank you for your support and Yehaw!!    


So rugged and deadly, yet beautiful and mysterious. Mother nature is the greatest artist!


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I have not seen this post for a long time, this is really amazing.

Beautiful. You have such a beautiful soul to capture such glorious photos. Thank you for sharing

Thank you for “taking us” to such a nice trip ... totally new for us ... as we can see, the world is full of wonders and I am very happy that you share some of them with us 😃

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