Yellowstone Icons – the American Bison (Buffalo)
So after thousands of miles driving and thousands of shutter clicks, I’m back home from Yellowstone National Park. It was a wonderful trip – meeting up with my two Scottish friends (who are still there) and then once again experiencing the beauty and wildlife wealth of that incredible park. We saw almost every animal that we could have hoped to see and I’ll share my images of them over the coming weeks – but today I thought I’d start with the Bison. Its a good place to start as they are the most frequent animals evident in the park and they also were my first “subject” after entering the park. Shortly after entering the park near West Yellowstone, I saw a lone Bison on the opposite bank of the River presenting a nice morning reflection shot as he drank by the riverside. By the time I got out of the car and grabbed my camera, he (and his friends – as several other Bison came down the the hillside behind him) gave me a better opportunity and one that I hadn’t witnessed before. He just turned into the water, waded in, and then began to swim across the river right toward me.
I had seen Bison cross small streams before but never have to swim. He kinda just chugged on through and seemed to have a pretty easy swim even in the swiftly moving water. As he came up the bank, he was very close to me and looking directly at me.
Then, as if he was saying “I’m not done yet” – he gave a shake of his massive head and mane and provided yet another photograph that you always look and hope for….
Welcome to Yellowstone.