Just a hint of attitude to that look, something that is returning to the University of Colorado Boulder football program with the arrival of coach Deion Sanders. So, I’ll post this in honor of Colorado Buffaloes Football and Coach Prime. A blast of snow and record-setting cold were the highlights of the last couple of days here on the Colorado Front Range. While it wasn’t fit for man, the beast is built to take it. This handsome fellow with his fur coated in frost and snow was content to work his way across the frozen landscape yesterday.
Young bison gets the zoomies. So much fun to watch!
This yearling-ish bison was still hanging around with mom but at this age, not afraid to venture away. Mom had gotten a good ways ahead and he raced to catch up, bounding up and down as he did. The rambunctious young one zoomed right past her, circled around and bounded right back.
I don’t know if they do, but I suspect this would be a time a bison mom would roll her eyes. 😉
Oh yes! This is Colorado! Such a gorgeous scene on Sunday morning.
The sun was coming above the horizon casting its warm glow across the landscape. In the foreground, the bison herd was at ease, grazing on the grasses of the Great Plains. In the distance, the Flatirons near Boulder and beyond that, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.
I snapped the requisite pictures and then just sat, soaking in the scene and being grateful to witness it.
Well this was a bit of a surprise for Tatanka Tuesday! A new “red dog” has been born to the herd of bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
While it isn’t entirely unusual to see one born late in the year, most are born in the spring and early summer. Those born earlier this year have already seen their coats transition to the typical dark brown of bison. This one probably wasn’t more than a couple of weeks old so it really stood out with that red coat. Plus, of course, it was the smallest – and cutest – of the entire herd.
It is a bit of a tough time of year to arrive in the world as winter has started to set in but here in Colorado, the season isn’t too extreme so it likely will be just fine.
This massive bison bull not only was a messy eater, but got no respect with a starling opting to muss up that nice hairdo. 😉
Kind of a fun bit of interaction to watch this past weekend. The big guy was happily grazing in the chilly morning air and a flock of starlings decided to hitch a ride with as many as a dozen of them riding on the bison’s back at a time.
Smaller birds oftentimes flock to bison and deer like this, feeding on the insects in the animal’s fur and taking advantage of the seeds and grasses that the mammals kick free.
Yup, you probably don’t want to be in this big boy’s way when he decides to walk through. 😉
Kind of a fun, different angle of this big bison bull. Ideally, as a photographer, you like to be eye level with your subject but that isn’t usually possible when photographing the bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
Understandably, you have to remain in your vehicle and when shooting from a truck like mine, you are usually looking at least somewhat down at your subject. When I captured this shot a few weeks ago, the bull was coming up a hill toward the side of the road allowing for the perception that was down low and at the same level as him. That makes for a pretty cool capture.
When you have to scratch and you are a 2,000 pound bison bull, what are you to do? Roll in the dirt! 😉 That much weight rolling in dry dirt definitely creates a cloud of dust as you can see.
This big boy is one of the largest in the herd, something you can easily see, and judging from those horns, he has been battle tested many times.
Called wallowing, bison may do this for a few reasons. It helps them shed fur, gets rid of flies and, during mating season, serves as display of dominance.
With thick, low clouds causing dim light, I didn’t have a lot of hope for my photo outing yesterday. However, overcast skies do have the benefit of evening out the light and eliminating bright spots and dark shadows. As a result, I got some pretty neat captures, despite the conditions.
In this image from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, we bring together a bit of everything: The Old West with the bison, the New West with the Denver skyline in the background, and then we throw in the Rocky Mountains and a touch of fall foliage to add even more interest. It was a cool scene for sure and one that I was glad to be able to capture.
When you have a big boy almost too close for your lens, you might as well zoom in and get the detail. That is what I did this past Sunday when this bull was right near the road. He wasn’t really doing much beyond scratching his butt on a tree so I took the opportunity to grab a close up, detailed shot.
I was immediately drawn to the eye and how you can actually see a tree across the road in the reflection. A conversion to high-contrast black and white really makes it “pop” and showcases not only the detail of the eye but also the fur and horn.
I always believe there is something about bison that almost begs to go with black and white (or sepia in this case). When I think about them, I can’t help but think back to the Old West when as many as 60 million of them roamed freely across much of North America.
By the late 1800s we had decimated the population leaving only several hundred. It was folly on man’s part but, thankfully, we realized the error of our ways and the bison is now a conservation success story.
In May 2016 the Bison became the official mammal of the United States, a fitting and long overdue honor.
Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.