Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day of the Bison

Iowa is just pretty. That's all there is too it. It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word "majestic", but to get out in the middle of nowhere, to hear the wind through the grasses and the corn fields,

to hear the birds and the life all around you while you look at a never-ending sky...

It's pretty majestic.

Today was absolutely gorgeous outside. It wasn't too hot, the sky was nice and clear blue, and little miss was feeling better so the minions and I headed out to see if we could spot any bison. We were driving along and got all hot and bothered when we saw these two off in the distance.

We thought our trip was a huge success at this point. Then we drove a bit further and let us just stop and contemplate the meaning of "huge" for a moment, shall we?

This is huge. This is massive. This was completely awe-inspiring.

And this was eye-balling me the entire time he was crossing the gravel road right in front of us.

The minions' eyes were saucers and I found those precious moments to be completely exhilarating. I just sat there the whole time thinking how incredible it was that we were right there at that precise moment because a few minutes either way and we would have missed it completely. After they walked over this ridge there was no sign of them anywhere.

I do have a confession though. Here are these wonderfully massive creatures and though I should have been content to just be in the moment, my mind did start to wonder a bit and I thought about how fun it would be to spin their fiber. Come on, how could I not??? I just want to run my fingers through it and turn it into yarn!

I'm not crazy though. I wasn't getting out of the van to get a closer look!

I don't think they were as impressed by us, as we were of them.

Leave it to me to catch a bison dropping a deuce in the middle of the field! I didn't even realize what it was doing when I took this photo 'cause I was just happily snapping away. No matter though. I mean, how often are you going to see that?


Rani said...

What a gorgeous and interesting day! Where were you? It looks so peaceful.

Love the last shot. It does indeed seem as if he's saying, "Here's what I think of the whole lot of you." tee hee.

I do believe I've seen buffalo roving somewhere. . .

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Love your images of Iowa and its wide open spaces. It's years since I've been there but I want to go back.

My other half, the professional photographer, ALWAYS wants to catch those 'drop shots' with wild animals. He thinks they're absolutely the best to get!

Love from Ireland where it's pretty green and beautiful right now too.