Saturday, May 22, 2010

A hunt for buffalo

Jake has seen a lot in his 18 months as an Oklahoman, but yesterday Kevin and I were able to introduce him to one of our favorite places — Tallgrass Prairie near Pawhuska. We love nature and history, so parks and preserves are great places to visit. This gem has a herd of buffalo that in previous times has been right alongside and upon the roadway, making viewing of the creatures optimal without leaving the comfort, and safety, of an automobile (nothing like having the roadway blocked by bison crossing). As we drove into the preserve, we saw some buffalo off in the distance, and Jake was excited. Finally, we came across a handful near the road, with one guy right alongside scratching his neck on a post. As expected, and hoped for, Jake was thrilled. We picnicked at the preserve, where we saw buffalo walking single-file along a hill in the distance, walked the prairie trails and even visited the headquarters, which has been closed before, as it is operated on volunteer time. There were some nifty bones (comparisons of buffalo to cows are awesome) and Jake was enamored by an armadillo shell. As we drove the bison loop, we were disappointed there were not anymore buffalo. We finally gave up, but as we left the park, grateful for one encounter, we finally saw several others (albeit not the big herd we've seen in the past) all gathered at the entrance close to the road. Jake loved watching them (especially when nature called. LOL). It was a great day.

Jake's first close-up encounter with a buffalo:

Time for lunch:

Man, I'm hungry as a buffalo:


Getting a good, safe look:

Watching the bathroom habits of buffalo is good times:

Jake jumping (We think Violet's nose pushed something on the camera to mess the settings up, but we liked this photo despite its being dark):

Jake in the flowers:

Jake in the flowers some more:

Jake: No more in the flowers Mom:

I'm going back to the car:



Jolene and Dan Powell said...

Great photos! Dan was just saying how we need to go out more and MAKE memories now that drs. appts are for the most part behind us (they'll always be there, but not as life-controlling for awhile). Our summer is planned out!

Jean said...

Great photos....and Jake is soooo cute! Looks like he really enjoyed the day! We're packed and ready to go....hopefully it won't be long before we are sharing fun days with Elyssa!

Special K said...

That is just awesome! Love the pictures.

J B & S said...

Looks like a great day! Love the photo of exasperated Jake. Adorable.