Friday, July 8, 2016

Walking With A Herd Of Bison

I told you a few posts ago that I was on a quest to find a herd of bison and a herd of rabbits. Well, here's the herd of bison. I'm still hunting for the rabbits. I'll get them soon enough. The only problem is that I don't think rabbits gather in groups. So let's talk about these bison.

From time to time I do some things that would be considered strange or dangerous to some people. I did indeed get this close to these bison. I was actually even closer than this. Let me tell you, these are huge animals. They make cows look small. You don't want to mess with them. They're not tame and they can get angry very quickly.

See that bison in the front there? Look at that lighter area toward the back. That's its baby standing there nursing. There are a few little ones in this herd. They're hard to see in this tall grass, so watch for that lighter color.

I told you in that earlier post that I might even get a picture of me riding one of them. The only problem is that I didn't have any way to get the picture because I was all alone. Who was going to take the picture? So maybe next time.

I didn't mention while we were on the first picture about the houses you can see in the distance. I wasn't exactly out in the wilderness here. But this is a bit of a wild area with the bison here. The reason I was able to get so close was because they don't exactly have miles to roam. The bison are still very wild and very dangerous.

Now we come to the part I really promised you. I have a new episode of Rat TV, a video of this herd of bison. As usual I kept it short so you don't have to suffer through a long video that you may not want to watch. But you do get a better idea of what the herd looks like, and you get to imagine just how close I was to them.

I took a few pictures from a little ways back from the herd. I wanted to get more of these huge animals in the shot. You can see that it's not the whole herd, but it gives you a better idea of their distribution. maybe there are bigger herds, but this was a good sized one.

I didn't take many pictures of the bison. I usually take lots. This time I thought it might be a better idea to get in there and do what I had to do and then get out. I was really standing there. I wasn't in a vehicle with protection or anything like that. I don't recommend anybody else try that. I will say that I was perfectly safe though.

So now that I've met this one goal, what can I do next? How can I top this? No, I haven't gotten that herd of rabbits yet. So what comes next? I know what it is, but I haven't done it yet. I won't reveal what it is here, but I hope to have it in my next post. See you then. And I'll talk to you later.


  1. MMMMM steak. Oh wait, cute bison.Not the animal to ride however.

  2. You ARE the adventurer. Good luck finding that other herd.

  3. I enjoyed your pix. There are a couple of farms around here that raise bison. There's another that has deer--you should the fences around that place!

  4. Good to see them. I heard they almost went extinct some years ago?

  5. That's so crazy that here's this neighborhood - and here's this herd of bison! That's something you don't see here in California!

  6. you are a rebel of sorts!! they are mighty, powerful animals, nice captures!!!

  7. There is a buffalo farm not to far away from where I live. They even have a restaurant that serves various buffalo dishes and I think they even sell just the meat

  8. You found them! I have to say it's more than a little weird seeing them grazing right there with houses in the background.
    Glad you didn't get squished (then who would've gone after the bunnies? ;o)

  9. Wow, that is nice that you get to see bisons! Riding them however, would put your back out again :)

  10. They are magnficent!! But do NOT try to ride them no matter what. You knew that though right? Sometimes the mother in me comes out and I get nervous. They're wonderful and thank you for being brave enough to get close up and almost personal. one or two bunnies would be good -- I don't think they usually hang out in herds either.

  11. They are magnificent.

    And you too are magnificent.

    It is really a very hard work to be a professional photographer.

  12. Hello,
    Those are grat pictures!
    I like bison!
    Have a nice day

  13. What an adventure! I think you might find luck with the rabbits one day - I walked into a field once and they were everywhere. The problem is that they run and hide when they see humans!