Castle Butte, a sandstone formation in the scenic Big Muddy Badlands, Southern Saskatchewan, Canada, glows warm pink during the dusk. On the relatively flat prairie landscape, Castle Butte rises almost unexpectedly to 70 metres (230 feet). A compressed clay and sandstone formation, Castle Butte is located about 19 kilometres (12 miles) south of Bengough on Highway 34. Castle Butte served as a landmark for indiginous peoples, outlaws and settlers. Trails lead upwards on Castle Butte but they are very slippery after a rainfall. The rain however washes fossilized ancient rocks - petrified wood - from the top and slopes.
Along Big Muddy Creek lie the scenic Big Muddy Badlands in southern Saskatchewan. In the 1800's and early 1900'a, the "Outlaw Trail's" northernmost tip lay in the Big Muddy Badlands and outlaws such as Dutch Henry and the Sundance Kid passed through the area and stayed for a while when they were avoiding the law in the United States. The area is today as it was then, lightly populated; ranching and tourism are the main economic activities and the outlaws are merely interesting stories.
Visitors interested in botany will be enchanted by the prickly pear cactus, especially if it is in bloom, and the many plants that survive, clinging to the slopes of this scenic sandstone formation, Castle Butte.
Formations of Castle Butte during dusk in Big Muddy Badlands, Southern Saskatchewan, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/8.0, exposure time of 25/10 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 14mm.
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