The Speedy Bison

While I’ve been gone from this blog I’ve not been idle. Far from it. Besides our trips to Moab and The Black Hills this year, during COVID we traveled across Wyoming into Montana.

I also discovered with the help of another photographer the wonders of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Preserve. In it’s day the Arsenal processed a lot of really nasty, toxic stuff including Sarin gas. Now that is behind us and the area is a wonderful place to hike, take in nature and in the case noted above to see their Bison heard. This photo is to remind us that Bison on a full tilt can hit 35 mph – hence the speed limit sign for them to obey 🙂

We are not dead but we do smell funny

This blogster is sorry for his absence from these pages. Sometimes I have too many paddles in the river so to speak. I’d actually forgotten about this blog until the ‘renew Me’ notice popped up. I love the name I gave this web site so I thought I would renew for one more year and to see if I can keep it going.

Dreamy Bison

This image is maybe a first – Infrared Black and White shot on Dan O’Brien’s ranch in South Dakota. As part of the rally we had with the Colorado Airstream Club we had a book club that read his book “Buffalo for the Broken Heart”. The next day he gave us a tour of his ranch and it’s operation. Dan and his family run a retail store selling Bison edibles called Wild Idea Buffalo Company, check them out.

Lonesome Bison

Simply put, the Bison is THE best grazing animal for the plains. They have lived on the plains for centuries and are specifically adapted to this environment whereas the European Cow is NOT. The Bison were killed off to thwart the Native American in our war of attrition against them. Then to feed the lust for hides and bison tongue they were further decimated.

Fortunately this trend stopped decades ago and the Bison is making a return to the American Prairie.

Prairie Madness – New Photobook

Monument Rock south of Oakley , KS

Prairie Madness is my newest Photobook concentrating on images of the plain or prairie. Some have appeared on this website – most are new to viewers. The title comes from an ailment that supposedly afflicted the early settlers as they traveled across the great expanse of empty land. I think there is a more modern version whereby folks used to living in an urban environment have problems with all this open space. There are those who actually thrive on this situation – call it Prairie Therapy.

It is now available on Magcloud.com

I have set it up so any profits I see will be donated equally to Southern Plains Land Trust and American Prairie Reserve to help them in their efforts to preserve our prairie lands.

Tarantula Migration

Every year in the late summer, early fall there is a migration of 8 to 10 year old brown back Oklahoma tarantulas looking for mates. The females are hunkered down in burrows on the plains. While they can live to 20 or more years of age their mates die soon after the mating. We “patrolled” highway 109 between La Junta and Kim, Colorado for a glimpse.

Comanche Grasslands

Comanche National Grassland is a National Grassland located in southeastern Colorado, United States. It is the sister grassland of Cimarron National Grassland and contains both prairie grasslands and canyons. It is separated into two sections, each operated by a local ranger district, one of which is in Springfield and the other of which is in La Junta.

We happened upon this place to see the annual tarantula migration that takes place in south east Colorado in the early Fall. We stopped in La Junta Colorado for the nite. Dusk is the time to see these critters. We were on highway 109 between La Junta and Kim Colorado.