Saturday, June 15, 2013

May holiday sketches: Dinosaur Provincial Park

Our third UNESCO Heritage site on our holiday excursion in May was Dinosaur Provincial Park. It seems to be much less known than the area around Drumheller, the other badlands destination in central Alberta. Dinosaur Provincial Park seems more stark, expansive, but fine-textured, and almost surreal, as if out of a science fiction novel.

Unlike the soaring Rockies which were formed primarily by immense tectonic forces that pushed rock up into the skies, the badlands are a result of erosion, with an emphasis downwards into the earth. It is therefore a completely different experience, but both seem to rely on the flatness of the prairies for their dramatic impression.

Unfortunately, we only had half a day here (leaving only one sketch).

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