Well gang, it’s official.
I was just notified by the National Park Service that I will be reprising my role as Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park for the Fall/Winter 2008 Season. I would like to extend my thanks to the National Park Service for inviting me back to serve the park once again.
My residency will begin on December 1st and continue until the 22nd. So, if you are in the Badlands late this fall, stop in and see me. I will be the shivering guy shooting sunrise in the snow.
Some of you may recall that I served the park service at Badlands National Park in 2007 as the Spring Artist in Residence. The experience really changed my life in many ways and I am already anticipating the visit late this year.
Dawn at Fossil Trail – 07
During my first stay, I shot about 18 hours of DVD and Hi-Def video and fired about 15,000 shutters. I logged about 150,000 footsteps as I crossed the park many times. I saw some thirty sunrises and sunsets, sleeping in the heat of the day and returning each dawn and dusk to treasured locations. I saw many wild creatures I’d not seen before and captured many of them on digital still and video formats.
Prairie Falcon in Conata Basin
What I am most excited about is to see the wildlife, particularly the Bison, in their winter coats. The mangy phantoms of early spring I fought during my first stay will be a distant memory. There will be challenges to meet, to be sure, but I come back to Badlands a little more mature and a little wiser for the wear. Gone will be the ancient Grand Marquis that shuttled me to the ends of the park. In its place will be the Prius and a better understanding of the world and yes, some new equipment too.
Of course, I will be posting many-many images as soon as I return!
Rikk Flohr © 2008