The images in the Badlands Portfolio were made along a one mile stretch of the North Fork of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River in Garza County, Texas. Along this stretch the river creates an interesting dichotomy. The badlands side of the river is caused by severe erosion down to the red bed that was deposited during the Triassic age around 225 million years ago. The other side consists of relatively rich topsoil deposits from upstream and has an abundance of mesquite, native grasses and other vegetation. The badlands are pretty much barren except for a few highly adapted plants.
The badlands here are certainly not as spectacular as those in other places and are, in fact, considered by some to be downright ugly. I've always thought they had they a unique beauty and I enjoy the quite isolation they provide.
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Salt Fork Slough
Clouds and Bones