Kristen and I headed west in early September (our only week off from weddings!) for a trip into the Rocky Mountains. We stopped over at Badlands National Park to try to photograph burrowing owls. We got in late and set up our tent, and headed up just in time to catch the sun setting from Sage Creek Road. We wandered out to grasslands to capture the sky as it changed from pastels to orange to red as the sun set behind a storm over the Black Hills. Along the way, we acquired shoes full of “spiny balls of death”. We continue to find these ultra-sharp burrs on various pieces of clothing for the rest of the trip!
It was a busy campground, with a surprising amount of solo campers, so we headed out after dark to the top of a nearby hill to enjoy the silence and watch distant lightning, camera free. It wouldn’t be our last experience with lightning this trip.