Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Bison Part I

I plan on running concurrent “Looking Back” series . . . and this one is about our 2007 visit to Yellowstone National Park.

Like the Hawaii 2003 Looking Back series, there is a SmugMug Folder specific to the galleries in this series HERE.

I begin by covering some of the buffalo photos in a three posts miniseries that will go live two hours apart from each other.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger version. You can go to the SmugMug Gallery, for the full size version (but not much larger than what you see if you click on these).


This was photographed early morning on the way to Lamar Valley from West Yellowstone, where we were staying. We were hoping to see wolves, but I should have stopped to photograph the many interesting sights along the way. The temperature had dipped to below freezing, and frost covered near everything . . . including this buffalo, which might have been sleeping, but was likely just lethargic due to the cold.

Later in the day, we were briefly held up by a small herd grazing close to the road, and occasionally crossing the same.

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Eventually, they got moving . . . 

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While many buffalos travel in herds, there are the occasional iconic loners who present themselves as part of a larger vista.

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By the way, while one ‘knows” these are large animals, it’s really brought home when one walk right by your car, and is looking at you eye to eye . . . or would be if you weren’t busy staring at what looks like a very sharp and hardened horn.

Many people are – how shall I put it – quite stupid when it comes to getting too close to these guys. 

Worst yet, you can be trapped between cars of stupid people, and risk being the unintended victim of other people’s stupidity. After so many visit, we have learned to avoid getting blocked off.

It’s easy . . . when you see animals and people, you stop well short of where they are. Anyway, two more posts are coming up; same photos, but different treatments for the photos.

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10 Responses to Looking Back – Yellowstone 2007 – Bison Part I

  1. Sanchia says:

    Wow, really cool photos! Looks like you were able to get quite close. Looking forward to the next two parts of the series!


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . in Yellowstone, sometimes they get very close. I don’t particularly like that because they are wild and unpredictable, but if you like that sort of thing, Yellowstone is one of the places you can experience it.

      Today’s other posts are just the same photos, but there will be others in future posts.


  2. oneowner says:

    Buffalo are fascinating creatures. We encountered hundreds at Custer park a few years ago. And they can move quite fast in spite of their size. Good series.


  3. sandra getgood says:

    They are majestic-looking, aren’t they? Really like seeing these pictures…. think I have seen them before, but some things are worth revisiting. Like these Photographs.


  4. Lovely set of pictures – it must be a thrill to see these guys up close!


    • disperser says:

      Thanks. And as I mentioned, sometimes closer than one likes, even if in a car.

      (totally his fault)

      We had one close call where although we were stopped, a car when around us and zoomed by a bison on the road. The buffalo turned, startled, and did the foot scraping thing as if he was going to charge us (we were still stopped, a good 100 feet away). Luckily he didn’t, but if he had, we had nowhere to go.

      Like I said, any more I try not to get near groups of people looking at animals, mostly because while animals are not, people are in fact very stupid.


  5. AnnMarie says:

    Beautiful animal and great shots, but for me . . . better viewed at this distance.


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