First Meeting

May 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Most of the big crowds, especially with photographers, gather when a bear is near the road.  As much as I love bears I also feel the constant crowding of them near the roads is a bad thing, so I've largely stopped photographing bears.  And I also don't believe in hiking after bears.  Away from the road, trying to photograph grizzlies is a risky endeavor and I don't believe putting myself or the bear at risk is a worth any photo.  I do enjoy photographing special moments that happen with animals in their daily lives, unmolested, and natural.  Early one frosty morning, this newborn bison calf decided he or she wanted to make a friend.  He saw another bison calf nearby and watched intently.

After a moment, his mother must have noticed and looked in the same direction.  Apparently she gave her blessing and soon the small calf slowly approached the potential playmate.  I found it interesting that the cow bison did in appear to check out the playmate before the youngster made it's way to make the introduction.

Soon, the smaller calf worked up the courage and came and said "hi."  The older calf responded in kind and they cautiously sniffed each other for a few minutes and followed each other around before they both returned to their respective mothers.  Perhaps it was the first time either of them had met another bison calf.  Undoubtedly by now, if they're still in the same herd, they've had quite a few play sessions.  But this potential first meeting was interesting to watch and I felt like I was seeing a special little moment in the lives of these youngsters.


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