Friday, February 25, 2011

Buffalo in the snow? Mission accomplished!

I recently noticed a shortage of winter buffalo photos in my files, so set out this morning to correct that problem. Surely there would be some along Custer State Park's Wildlife Loop. Unfortunately all the bison to be seen were quite a ways from the road. With a foot of fresh snow on the ground and more coming down, I wasn't about to attempt a long hike to get near dangerous animals.

So my search lead me to neighboring Wind Cave National Park, where not only did I find buffalo near the road, but they got a lot closer than I bargained for. I don't know what might be on the roads in Wind Cave that gets sprayed onto vehicles, but I can tell you the buffalo like it! As soon as I pulled into a roadside turnout near a small group of bison they all headed right to the truck and began licking. At one point I had eight furry beasts taste-testing my Chevy at the same time.

Not only that, but they didn't mind at all that my window was open or that I was moving around and sticking a camera out the window to record the scene.

I've had this happen once before, and it was also in Wind Cave. So either the buffalo there have a thing for photographer's vehicles or there's some really good dirt that blends well with car wax to make a tasty treat. Oh yes, I did get plenty of pretty winter buffalo pictures as well.