Photographer's Note

Bisons and Buffalos

In the many positive reactions to my previous photo of the interior of the library in Calgary, many also mentioned the presence of the literate bison as an interesting object in the picture.
So time for a few real bisons that we met a few days earlier in Yellowstone Park.
On the way back from our visit to the Mud Volcano, we had a few wonderful opportunities to meet these colossi from nearby.

◄ The Main Photo ► was made at a distance of approximately 40 meters. A bison who had separated himself from the herd stood on a bare piece of land. Suddenly he started to rant wildly with his hind legs as if he wanted to throw a cowboy or Indian from his back. The bison disappeared almost completely in a mist of sand and dust. I was able to capture this event in a series of 40 photos from our car.

◄ The Second Photo ► shows a bison at distance of a meter or two. This buffalo was close to the road and as we passed him I was able to photograph him in close up. After we had passed him I had to close the window quickly because he was heading my way with his head. A photo of this moment can be found in my Facebook report
◄The Third Photo ► finally shows the peaceful grazing herd.
Buffalo’s are in principle no danger to humans, but it is wise to keep a sufficient distance. If you are too close they can react unpredictably and you can be gored by one of them like a girl had happened a week earlier.

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5612 W: 327 N: 10860] (42568)
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