Today’s post includes a batch of photos I thought I’d already shared. In early November, I went up to the Niobrara Valley Preserve to help with some prescribed fires. I arrived a little before sunset the night before our first fire and drove into one of our bison pastures to see if I could find the herd. Luck was with me and I found a couple good-sized groups right away.
I positioned myself so the bison were between me and the sun and enjoyed about 30 minutes of bison-watching and photography before the light disappeared. The animals were very calm. In fact, they barely seemed to notice me as they moved slowly past the truck. This all happened on the eve of election day and the tranquility felt like medicine and a welcome escape from a lot of noise.
The selection of photos from that night are shared in chronological order. As the sun got lower, the colors got warmer and the light less intense. After the sun dropped below the horizon, I stopped taking pictures, but I didn’t leave. I just sat and listened to the sounds of the bison crunching softly through the grass, punctuated by periodic gentle grunts, until they moved far enough away that I couldn’t hear them anymore. Then I started up the truck and drove back to the road.
I posted some of the photos to my Instagram account, but apparently never got around to sharing them here. Instead, I ended up with a bunch of photos from the two fires we conducted that week and posted those instead. Actually, now seems like a pretty good time to post these. As I as going through the images and preparing to post them, I got to experience the sense of calm I felt on that night. I hope they’ll give you that same feeling.