Have you ever noticed that negative critical people find negative things to criticize? Conversely, a person who goes looking for good, for beauty will find it – often in the same area where black-hearted people see decay and destruction.
That’s the case here in the Badlands, the Bakken Shale Play region of North America. People who do not live here are sending film crews, photographers and others here to document the destruction of the Badlands caused by the oil boom. With a predetermined point of view, a prejudice, they look for and find what is in their heart. People with a good heart see good, see beauty. What is in the heart of the Bakken haters?
I see the same beauty out here that I’ve always seen in my 33 years of exploring and hiking the North Dakota Badlands and Grasslands. It’s one of the most popular galleries on my website www.mykuhls.com
On this day, March 11 I drove one of my favorite roads for only about 10 miles. The Long X road extends from south of Watford City to north of Killdeer, about 30 miles of gravel – much of it “unimproved” gravel. The ice was going out and rain was moving north of the region. Sure signs of the exciting time called “spring.”
A month later, I found the other end of the road near Killdeer. The road follows the Little Missouri River that flows through the epicenter of the Bakken Oil Play where there are literally thousands of oil wells extracting oil to build up America’s energy independence. It’s even more spring-like and even more exciting. It is beautiful, open country.
Destruction? Pollution? Damage? I don’t see it. Do you?
You can see more of not only mine, but my hiking partner’s views at www.mykuhls.com