October 18, 2010

Hiking in the WICHITA MOUNTAINS



































I'm going to assume that most of you were not hiking in the Wichita Mountains this weekend.  I didn't run into you if you were.  I did, however, run into him.  I mean literally, I almost ran into him.  And it is all your fault, dear ones.  I was so intent on taking pictures of this beautiful place (some wildflowers to be exact) to share with you that I, well, I just didn't see him, and Husband had to tell me to look up, won't you!  And there he was, just staring at me in a very nonchalant kind of way.  In my experience, buffalo often look nonchalant.

 See?
Especially when they are hiding, or resting as the case may be 
or just hanging out in the tall prairie grass
 or strolling with a friend






maybe stopping for a bite to eat.




Then an afternoon nap?








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Oh, I should point out that they can be decidedly un-nonchalant if you get too close to one of their little ones

no matter how cute they are

or how cuddly they may look.

As Husband reminded me,

because as you now know,

I am always looking through a camera lens

and not at the big picture             or the big buffalo        who may not like me getting too close to their baby.



So move along Little One, before you get me into trouble with mom     or dad 

     
or whoever is supposed to be babysitting you. 
Um, now may not be the best time to mention it...

but buffalo meat is absolutely delicious

and nutritious

and you can find out about its availability at Wichita Buffalo Company at Sandy Springs Farms, a great source for buffalo and beef raised in a natural setting.
I'm sorry about the bad timing.          I just thought you might want to know.


Tomorrow......the adventure continues.







6 comments:

  1. OMG you won't believe it but we WERE hiking in the reserve yesterday! We went to Medicine Park to look at a T@B trailer we are buying & drove around a bit.

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  2. What wonderful photo's, thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. You're very welcome Debbie! Have you ever gotten close up and personal with a buffalo?

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  4. Wish I could convince my wife to try bison meat with me! I'm working on a memoir about Oklahoma--and discussing the flora, fauna, homesteaders, native americans. Can you tell me where exactly these pics were taken? I'm planning a May tour of Oklahoma to visit grasslands in the northeast and west, and to interview family, museum curators, etc. Thanks! Lovely images. That's why I garden with native plains plants, but my 1/4 acre will never look this wonderful.

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  5. Great shot! We were in a bison range near Missoula, Montana and issued 'fair warning' not to got out of the car during mating season :)

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  6. these are amazing! I have no clue what I would do if I came across bison on a hike!

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