Sometimes the scene is more than the image itself, but can be a feeling, too. That’s the case of this image that I captured south of Medora. After driving and hiking a bit on section line roads and farm lanes — tall grass on either side, two wheel tracks down the length — I spotted what was left of this cow carcass. Her pelvis and a bit of her backbone is all the coyotes had left of her.
It was a kind of barren and yet warm feeling out there in the Badlands, not far from the Little Missouri River. However, that’s the way it felt and so that’s how I processed it, to look the way it felt. This is what it really looked like from a little different angle:
It’s still obvious that it’s in the Badlands and it’s a open and barren country, but it doesn’t have the “feel” that I felt that day.