I always say that there is something about these icons of the American West that begs to have them viewed in black and white. It just always seems so fitting.
This big guy was wearing a coat of white from the snowstorm this past Sunday night. The rising sun behind him provided somewhat harsh backlighting so I cranked up the highlights for this image.
It used to be we called these buffalo but that actually was incorrect. While they are part of the same family that includes the European and African buffalo, the Bison is its own, distinct species.
It is believed they were called #buffalo by early North American explorers due to their resemblance to the Old-World species. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.”