Badlands Bison American Icon
Photograph - Digital Art
Badlands Bison American Icon, digital photo painting by Michele Avanti
Since I first saw the badlands, they have captured my imagination. The history of the Lakota people and their relationship to the buffalo is centered here. From the colors of the rocks, the red bluffs, the sandstone and the tall waving grasses, this land is stark and sacred.
This painting, though it has features of the badlands, you will not find the location since it is created from many different photos I have seen. The buffalo is based on a photo taken at the Winston Wildlife Safari where bison graze free in a natural environment. I hope you enjoy this imaginative painting which captures my vision of the great American Icon, the buffalo and the Badlands, of South Dakota.
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Badlands National Park (Lakota]) is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that protects 242,756 acres (98,240 ha) of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The park is managed by the National Park Service.
The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres of the park as a designated wilderness area and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.
The Stronghold Unit is co-managed with the Oglala Lakota tribe and includes sites of 1890s Ghost Dances, a former United States Air Force bomb and gunnery range, and Red Shirt Table, the park's highest point at 3,340 feet (1,020 m). Authorized as Badlands National Monument on March 4, 1929, it was not established until January 25, 1939. It was redesignated a national park on November 10, 1978.
Under the Mission 66 plan, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center was constructed for the monument in 1957 / 58. The park also administers the nearby Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
November 8th, 2014
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