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Jan 26

Wildlife Photography Number 8 – Bison at Yellowstone

8 Buffalo at Old Faithful
One of my favorite animals to see in the wild is the American buffalo or the bison.  I do not know if it is because it is the largest land animal that is native to North America or it is the fact that growing up in the plains you are filled with images of millions of bison thundering down whenever I was in school learning about the area that I grew up in.  I have to admit that it is very exciting to see an animal that at one point was almost extinct and now is thriving in national parks like Yellowstone (where this picture was taken) or other places like refuges, state parks, and even farms. They are a sight to see and one of the great symbols of America and to lesser extent having tasted a buffalo burger I am glad that they are no longer endangered. 

This photograph was taken on the boardwalk around the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.  It is amazing how many people will try to get close to the animals there.  Maybe they do not know how dangerous they can be or since they are in a national park they feel safe and not realize they are in a wild environment and the animals they are trying to get close to are not tame.  I like this picture because it captures the moment of seeing wildlife in the park.  The park ranger in the picture had to raise his voice to several people to get them out of the way to give the bison plenty of room to move across the boardwalk.  They kept trying to get closer to get a picture, but what is the point of getting a shot if you are not around to enjoy it.  The ranger did a wonderful job keeping everybody in the area safe from themselves.  I was able to get this shot using by zooming in on my Canon Powershot Karen and I were on the boardwalk about 35 yards away from it on our way out of the Old Faithful Geyser area.  As we were walking towards the parking lot the bison was heading towards the geyser.  It is pretty amazing to see an animal act like they own the place because in Yellowstone National Park they pretty much do.

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2 comments

  1. cecilia

    Too bad our ancestors didn’t respect them.

  2. freda phillips

    Adults can sometimes be so crazy. I sometimes wonder how children can grow up to be sucessful adults.

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