View 106: Where the Buffalo Roam

With a snoot full of snow from using his head to move snow out of the way in search for food, this American Bison or Buffalo roams the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota, in -40 degreed (F) wind chilled weather earlier today.

With a snoot full of snow from using his head to move snow out of the way in search for food, this American Bison or Buffalo roams the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota, in -40 degreed (F) wind chilled weather earlier today.

Visited the Theodore Roosevelt National Park today in search of wildlife.  As you can see, I was fortunate enough to come across this American Bison (Bison bison) more commonly called Buffalo.  This animal was a member of a herd of seventeen slowly moving across a Badlands snow covered meadow.  Using their large heads to snowplow the snow out of the way to uncover the tender grass.

The herd of American Bison I photographed in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  I used my iPhone camera for this photo.

The herd of American Bison I photographed in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I used my iPhone camera for this photo.

The Badlands of western North Dakota made for a beautiful backdrop as I watched and photographed these large bovine creatures for over two hours.   At one time, four of them came up on the road in front of the car I was driving and looked at me.  I felt like I was being challenged but they soon wandered off and let me go on my way.

Internet access via my iPhone has been almost non-existent here in western North Dakota so I haven’t been able to Twitter or upload to this blog as I had hoped.  I leave in the morning for Minneapolis where I’ll catch a plane home on Saturday.  Look for more photos of my day with the buffalo next week.

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16 Responses to View 106: Where the Buffalo Roam

  1. Gerry says:

    Ah, well – if we have to choose Internet or Buffalo we choose Buffalo, eh?
    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. Glad you’re not frozen solid.

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    • My feet got a bit cold but I survived. Going to have to work on warm footwear. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

      Yep, I choose Buffalo. Nothing like experiencing life over reading about it.

      I’m back home now and will be posting more photos and such from this day, Gerry. Thanks for the ping back!!

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  2. montucky says:

    Those are both great shots. I especially like the close-up! I’ve been watching the temperatures there, much colder than here. I hope your daughter doesn’t mind the cold, but the younger folks just go out and play in it.

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    • Yikes! Was it every cold. Though it was a “dry” cold. 😉 The wind was the hazard. -45 to -50 wind chills was dangerous. I was very happy to be inside on those days building furniture and setting up the electronics.

      This day was beautiful. Clear blue sky over a winter landscape of absolute beauty. I certainly can see how easy it is for you to get out all the time. I’ve never been to Big Sky country and it was gorgeous!

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  3. kanniduba says:

    These are fabulous!!! 🙂

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  4. Jodi says:

    WOW! Amazing! I have only seen them at the zoo or in Colorado from the road. What beautiful eyes. You really captured that U. Scott! Can’t wait to see the others. Home will feel like the Bahama’s! 🙂

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  6. I bet you didn’t use your IPhone to photograph the first picture. Great photos, looking forward to seeing your others.

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    • You are correct. I was using the Nikon 80-400mm VR lens for that photograph though he was well inside the zoom range.

      The best photos came when they faced into the sunshine. Their coats are so dark I had trouble balancing the light when they faced away from the Sun. All I had to do was wait and some of them would change direction for better light. Though I didn’t expect them to come within 10 feet of me which several (including this individual) did. This was my first encounter with animals in a National park which were not afraid of humans or their vehicles.

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  7. Anna Surface says:

    Lovely buffalo photos! I love watching the buffalo and had on one occasion, sung to them singing ‘Home on the Range.’ Uh, they didn’t care for my singing. LOL Looking forward to more buffalo photos!

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  9. Nye says:

    Love the close up photo of the buffalo, their coat sure look warm.

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  10. TC says:

    Amazing as always! How close did you get to that big guy? What a great picture!

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