An image from a couple of weeks ago when cold, snow and dim lighting made for tough shooting conditions and subject matter was sparse. I did come across four easily accessible bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge though.
It seemed like there were often distracting elements behind them so I did a lot of close ups and played around with some filters in post-processing on a few of them. The ‘aged’ coloring of the image, to me, invokes the old American West when millions of these creatures roamed the landscape.
Bison were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1700s and 1800s with as few as 750 reported by 1890. Their numbers have since rebounded with about 500,000 now living on public and private lands. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated literally means “bull buffalo.”