Wildlife at dusk
Just after the the sun sets in the Badlands, we leave the “golden hour” and enter the “blue hour.” Our drive into the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is slow and slippery after ice left a coating on the roads in the last wintry storm of November. It seemed to be a good time to find wildlife at dusk.
It’s not easy to take in the full vista of a wintry evening in the Park, but this is an idea:
Bison don’t care if it is cold or snowing
It’s snowing, cold and a full on cold winter night. But these bison in the snow don’t care. The blue light is evident as they peacefully graze at the Peaceful Valley Ranch.
On the last night of November 2019, the blizzard that hit the rest of the state left just a dusting of snow in the Badlands.
It was nearly dark when we shot this video of a herd in the corral of the Peaceful Valley Ranch in the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora.
Elk cross the road
Later, as it got even more dark and even more blue, we drove we spotted mule deer and a lone coyote — hunting without luck as the cold winter winds blew. Dusk, any season, is a good time to see wildlife on the move.
Up ahead, a dark figure strolled across the road. We could barely see it. Elk crossed the road in front of us.
They slowly made their way up a steep hill next to us, grazing as they moved along, and eventually disappeared into the night.
The day grew dark quickly. It seems that once the sun sets this time of year, dark immediately follows. Daylight or dusk do not linger like they do in the summer. So, we slowly made our way out of the park leaving behind wildlife at dusk. Our photographic opportunities were not ideal, but the sights and feel of that cold, blue, wintry landscape made an impression we won’t soon forget.
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Any time is a good time to investigate Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. What did you see the last time you visited?