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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Road Trippin' With Tatanka



Saturday, Sall and I enjoyed a relaxing
drive through Custer State Park.
The sun was peeking through
 thin clouds 
and we were definitely loving the 
70 degree temperature 
we haven't seen for a long time!

I told you today we would roam with the buffalo...
so sit back and enjoy the ride
and 
humm along...

Oh, give me a home...








Our first sighting of the Buffalo herd in the park
was off at a long distance
I was really starting to feel disappointed,
I don't have a high powered lens - 
and I'm certainly not hiking out to them!!

a few more curves and hills, 
and much to my delight
we could get
up close and personal!









Every inch of the park is spectacular scenery!

Dense forest of pine and cedars...
around the bend and 
your on rolling prairie.



Today they were busy munching 
on grass, they wouldn't even look up at us,
they just kept munching!


 The herd at Custer State Park is one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world at 1,300 head.
Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter.
Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros.



Custer State Park has an annual Buffalo Roundup
the 46th Annual Buffalo Roundup will be Monday Sept. 26, 2011
about 10,000-15,000 people attend the Roundup every year.
For a real "Dances With Wolves" experience,
come and see for yourself - no reservations needed -
Just bring your camera!

photo from C.S.P. website during actual roundup



I Hope you enjoyed this 
view through our cameras of the 
South Dakota Tatanka!

Next we'll introduce you to some very friendly burros!

We'll meet you back here tomorrow for 
a Hee-Haw Good time!

9 comments:

barb said...

Thanks for taking us along...I'm enjoying your postcard quality pictures. So far those doughnuts have been my favorite.

texwisgirl said...

those beautiful rolling hills are just gorgeous. takes you back in time...

Emily said...

Oh I am so jealous! I worked and lived in Custer State Park for a summer! Got to know the Buffalo real well and witnessed the Round Up at the end of the season! so cool and beautiful! I MUST visit soon!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Can I just say....those are gorgeous shots! What textures are you using?? Beautiful!

lisa said...

Oh my goodness Lisa, what magnificent creatures! Thank you so much for sharing these here.
I wish you a beautiful weekend!

Michaele said...

You really did a wonderful job with those photos! Great capture and color. Such a nice trip you are having. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Gosh, I'm enjoying this trip. I'm so glad you took all of us along. The buffalo are very impressive; I will never forget the morning I woke up to find a herd of 20 of them walking through our garden. (Our neighbor raises them and they had gotten out). They are BIG!

farmer said...

you are taking me right back to our trip to Fort Robinson State Park,we also made a trip through the Black Hills,thanks for bringing back those wonderful memories.
I dream of having some my self one day.
I'm joining up to follow,your pictures are just magnificent!!

gowestferalwoman said...

too close. no thanks. but love them burros!