Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, and an array of wildlife such as bison, elk, and prairie dogs welcome visitors to one of our country s oldest national parks and one of its few remaining intact prairies. Secreted beneath is one of the world s longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation boxwork.

Wind Cave National Park Info


Wind Cave National Park

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News

Wind Cave rangers investigate resource thefts

Law enforcement rangers at Wind Cave National Park are asking help from the public in identifying several suspects connected with the recent thefts of elk antlers and a bison skull from the park.

Wind Cave celebrates 150 Miles of exploration

Wind Cave, currently the 7th longest cave in the world, passed the 150-mile mark of explored passages earlier this year. This milestone will be celebrated Saturday, November 2, with special programs and tours.

Twenty-Nine Black-footed Ferrets Released at Wind Cave National Park

With coyotes yapping in the distance, and elk bugling over a nearby rise, twenty-nine black-footed ferrets were recently released into their new home of Wind Cave National Park.

Wind Cave National Park Photos

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Walking Through More Cave Openings and Passages in Wind Cave on the Natural Entrance Cave Tour

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Walking Through More Cave Openings and Passages in Wind Cave on the Natural Entrance Cave Tour

A Panoramic View to a Hillside of Trees in Wind Cave National Park

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A Panoramic View to a Hillside of Trees in Wind Cave National Park

Given the overcast skies and intermittent rain that morning, I decided to angle my SLR camera slightly downward, capturing the grassy meadow to my front. I could then work an angle to include the trees and hillsides off in the distance, cropping to bring out a more panoramic feel to the image. I later used a Pro Contrast and Skylight CEP filter in Capture NX2 for the final image to address what I felt was the more muted colors from the overcast skies above.

A Minimalistic A Wind Cave Landscape (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

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A Minimalistic A Wind Cave Landscape (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

For this image, I used a technique I was becoming more and more familiar with black & white image conversions. The idea is from a video I saw for a minimalist look by Scott Davenport video on that topic (www.scottdavenportphoto.com/blog/in-post-creating-a-minim...). I used Capture NX2 and used similar techniques from the video with a High Key and then Glamour Glow CEP filter before converting to black & white.

Ponderosa Pines with Rolling Hills and Prairie Grasses (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

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Ponderosa Pines with Rolling Hills and Prairie Grasses (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

This was captured at an overlook point in Wind Cave National Park with a look to the southwest and Beaver Creek. I later did a conversion to black & white using Silver Efex Pro 2 where I used some color filters to bring out a much richer tonal contrast for the final image.

Rankin Ridge with Overcast Skies One May Afternoon (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

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Rankin Ridge with Overcast Skies One May Afternoon (Black & White, Wind Cave National Park)

Because of the weather patterns present that day (and much in the coming week too), I wasn't really able to capture an image that I'd wanted with either blue skies or one with clouds to compliment landscape of this national park. So I decided to angle my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward to minimize that in this view and focus more on the hillsides, valleys and draws to my front. This is a view looking to the east while hiking the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail. I later did a conversion to black & white using Silver Efex Pro 2 where I used some color filters to bring out a much richer tonal contrast for the final image.

Because of the image theft by PhotoElite (stock.adobe.com/uk/contributor/206913296/photoelite?load_...), I am removing the CC license I previous had for all my images. I believe in the CC license, but this person, claiming my images as his, has ruined that. If you are a non-profit or wish to use my images in such a capacity, please contact me privately. My original desire remains the same in sharing the images I capture that reflect the natural beauty I've experience traveling this planet.

Ponderosa Pines with Rolling Hills and Prairie Grasses (Wind Cave National Park)

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Ponderosa Pines with Rolling Hills and Prairie Grasses (Wind Cave National Park)

Before I headed down to Wind Cave National Park, I made a point to look at some images that a fellow photographer (QT Luong) had captured on a travel he'd previously taken. I was not to have any of the good weather he might have experienced, but it did give me some ideas for images that I might want to capture. One of which was the view with prairie grass and getting down low to have a view across it and then to take in a setting of rolling hills across this national park. By angling my Nikon SLR camera slightly downward, I felt I was better able to capture that view across this is varied landscape as well as minimizing the overcast skies above. After some initial work and Capture NX2, I exported a TIFF image to Color Efex Pro 4 and used a Sunset Landscape recipe for the final image.

Ponderosa Pines and Rolling Hills Along the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail (Wind Cave National Park)

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Ponderosa Pines and Rolling Hills Along the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail (Wind Cave National Park)

A view from the main overlook along Rankin Ridge in Wind Cave National Park with a view looking to the south-southeast. I finished up post-processing work in Capture NX2 by adding a few CEP filters (Low Key, Polarization and Graduated Neutral Density) for the final image.

Walking Along Rankin Ridge and a View to a Distant Horizon (Wind Cave National Park)

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Walking Along Rankin Ridge and a View to a Distant Horizon (Wind Cave National Park)

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Ponderosa pine, Wind Cave National Park