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Dear Friends, The prairie dog is building a nest for winter or he is storing food, not sure which. Regardless, they are everywhere and soon they will take over the world. til Tomorrow MJ


bw sunset

Dear Friends, Day 3 of 5 day Black and White Challenge.  This sunset in the rain was taken in the North Dakota Badlands, on top of Buck hill in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Juniper and cedar trees are prevalent in these landscapes, but one can usually see the sky, hence many sunrises and sunsets.  Black and white???  til Tomorrow MJ


mystery portraitFriends, someone asked for more horse close-ups from the wild ones in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  This is Mystery, a black stallion with a small star on his forehead.  His band was featured in the thunderhead bog of a few days ago.  enjoy til Tomorrow MJ

Stone Tree Stump

Friends, While this tree stump looks like wood, it has turned to stone.  Petrified tree stumps are found all over the badlands, and you would swear that they are made of wood.  The preservation of tree structure is so realistic, you can see worm holes and cell structures. These trees were redwoods and a forest of stumps is present in the western side of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The park roads do not pass close to this forest, but it is only a two mile hike across the flats to access a land of stumps still being eroded from the clay slopes.  Like bleached bones, their white is a stark contrast to the dark green of  living cedar trees. In the early days, stumps ten feet in diameter and 80 foot logs were found, a remnant of a tropical past. til Tomorrow MJ


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