Each time I return to Painted Bluffs, I pick a different month and hike a different route, and every time I hike in the park, I am rewarded with a visual kaleidoscope of colors and shapes of the Bluffs badlands terrain.
On a bright day, I try to keep the sun behind me for the photos to be taken along the route, but since the park faces south, the shots have to be taken obliquely once up in the upper parts of the park.
All of the scrambling up through the bluffs, then over the hills and back down is slow work and care must be taken to avoid falls and also to reduce any human erosion to the bluffs. This last route was about 5km and took 2 hours.
“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break….I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
― Edward Abbey,