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Long Hollow Bison Farm. January 20, 2013

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Dinner with TCR.
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Down in Hadley there’s a place I like to check out once in a while, a farm where American Bison are raised. They’re impressive beasts:

Bison Eye

They’re big. In fact, the old bulls are HUGE.

And they take the job of protecting their calves seriously – don’t expect to sneak up on them unnoticed:

Bison Herd

They’re majestic in the snow, and look totally at home in the winter weather.

These animals area raised for meat, and if you’re an omnivore, it would be hard to get better meat than this – grass-fed, roaming big fields, protected from predators (other than us.) I know some people object to the practice of people eating animals, but since it’s more common than not with people world-wide who can afford it, I have to conclude that there’s something of nature in it.

I’ve been trying to get a more blizzard-y photo of them, but they’re an hour’s drive away, and while that’s close for us “hill-town people,” it’s still a dicey drive in a heavy snow.

Time will tell if I succeed.

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Buffalo On The Great Plains… April 17, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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…of Hadley, Massachusetts:

This gruff-looking bull watched me carefully as I approached with my camera.  He was, after all, just being a protective Daddy, but I wasn’t displeased to have a stout fence between him and me.

A proud Momma Bison cleans a newborn (that is, day old) calf:

This little guy is just getting his legs under him:

Sorry ’bout the fence, but I had Gizmo on the box and getting close enough to shoot through the fence wouldn’t have given my the Whole Calf.  I’ll try to get back there while the newborn are still small, and I’ll bring a range of lenses.