The Saskatchewan badlands are an interesting stretch of landscape in a province that many associate with being very flat. Castle Butte rises out of the landscape, and attracts visitors who know of its existence and who want to explore or just get a better view of the Big Muddy Badlands surrounding the natural structure. During sunset the sun casts its rays across Castle Butte and while it looks very yellow in this image it changes tone with the light so when the sun is not as strong it is not as vibrant. Once the sun has set, it will still be a prominent landmark against the sky as it rises 70 metres above the floor.
Many come here to spend time exploring Castle Butte and it can take a while to climb up and around the structure and take in the view from all sides. Castle Butte is perhaps the most popular attraction of the Big Muddy Badlands and can be a popular place to stop on your way through the region. Even if you do not make it all the way to the top, it is interesting to see something that has been carved out of the rock over thousands of years by mother nature herself.
The Big Muddy Badlands were formed during the last ancient glacial melt that drained this region at the end of the last ice age. When the waters of the last ice age moved through the region the force was so powerful that they formed many rivers and channels.
Castle Butte during sunset in the Big Muddy Badlands, Southern Saskatchewan, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/14.0, exposure time of 1/8 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 21mm.
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