Lots of local buffalo business around the house recently, which is normal this time of the year. I am confined to barracks due to the government shut down but as a positive consequence. I have been paying more attention to the local neighborhood.
A few minutes ago I sat out front of the house and watched the sun go down. The bull buffalo that has been up at the corrals fence line a 100 yards SW of the house, back lighted and haloed at sunset, just laid down… like the sun.
The second bull just to the south of the house was ambling toward me, pausing only to drink from one of the many pot holes in the gravel road up to the house.
The only sound as I sat there was the roar of the upper falls. Ironic, because the lower falls, revealed by the vapor plume this morning in the first photo below, is much nearer. The lower falls are concealed and muffled at the bottom of the narrow 1200 foot deep canyon, while the upper falls, a quarter mile further upstream, is at the head of a shallower canyon that directly faces my front stoop. The canyon acts as a megaphone directing the roar of the falling water straight at me.
I am confined to barracks but the parade ground out front isn’t bad to look out on and it provides lots of natural entertainment…no batteries required.
This morning, cool, plume of vapor rises from the Lower falls, tracks of a bull buffalo last night in front of the house. He and several others have been around the house the past several weeks, same as they have been for the past several thousand years, except for the interruption perpetrated by Buffalo Bill Cody and his ilk.
Cats are blasé about the buffalo around the house though they still get excited when bears, wolves, and coyotes approach close to the house. The bull from out front came to the back door this afternoon, a common occurrence during six months as the year as evidenced by the several day beds a few yards back of the house. While I was photographing the buffalo Tiger the cat slipped out. After puzzling, each over the other, both went back to their respective special busyness.