Saturday, February 13, 2010

buffalo roundup

The buffalo in the previous post deserve a better explanation. Yes, Ted Turner, they're technically bison, but for the sake of romance, we call them buffalo. The herd pictured was "born" on the next ranch upriver. Right next to the owner's house there's a big, beautiful metal-working studio and a forge. In a normal year, the river runs over the road in at least three places on the way up to their place, and they have to drive through the water to make it up there. The whole setup is built right on the floodplain, a pretty good idea on land which, in a drought, can be parched so dry that the river (if you've ever had a leak, you know water never gives up) has been known to actually run underground. At least you always know it's there. Needless to say, a forge can be fairly dangerous up there, especially in the dry times.

We love these rusty beasts, love that they're rusty instead of feisty. To be fair, buffalo aren't really feisty (well okay, maybe a little spookable). It's just that they tend to go where they want to go when they want to go there. Fences be damned. It's not that they don't respect a neighbor's fence; they just never see it, let alone feel it, no matter how snarly and barbed it is. But hey, if you were carrying all those tons of ungulate, you probably wouldn't either.


loriann said...

WOW! The buffalo sound awesome. I have never seen one.. Wish I could now.

Jala Pfaff said...

Look at you, too cool for school with your little video clip!

Melinda said...

Love the clip. Your post reminds me that the masters of the land were herd animals, not the presumed predator, for just the reasons you state. Which leads to another phenomenon: the mob. Hmmm. Bet you could write something about that. I'd prefer, of course, to consider the power of good and reason overcoming ignorance and blind hatred.

SamArtDog said...

L, yeah, the sound is awesome. As for seeing one (like now in your yard, careful what you wish for.

J, 2 cool 4 words.

M, there has never been a predator that can bring a buffalo down without mobbing.