Buffalo by Mud Volcano, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Comments (12)

Arma Angers on September 27, 2007

can you approach them without any danger ?

Richard Ryer on September 27, 2007

Greetings Armagnac, Excellent question, so here goes the answer: WARNING!!! Never approach buffalo, bison, elk, moose, deer, antelope, bear cubs, etc. in a national park in the United State and Canada. These docile looking animals account for many serious goring and trampling injuries and deaths every year. They are completely unpredictable. It's best to use a longer lens and keep your distance. They know where the trails are and where they want to be, and that usually includes their privacy space. I know some of my photographs look like I am close to the animal, but I use the zoom to my advantage and stay in the car when I am able. They are beautiful animals, but scary. Do not trust them. Thanks for asking that question. Now you can justify that longer lens you've been looking at.



Patricia Santini on April 17, 2008

Hi Richard, thanks for your interesting class about buffalos, they are incredible. When I went to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, I saw the ameican bison and they are very large animals too. Beautiful picture, I liked it. Grretings, Paty.

Richard Ryer on April 17, 2008

Greetings Paty, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I am glad you like the bison. We have a small herd West of Denver that is kind of domesticated, but in Yellowstone they are wild. They tolerate humans, but they don't give you any room.



Olga I. Yakovenko on January 30, 2009

Does it bath there, or the mud is too hot? In this case why it is there - no good grass around, Olga

Richard Ryer on January 30, 2009

Greetings Olga, The buffalo does not wallow or bath here. I think this fellow chose to stay here because there is a fence that keeps the tourists away. Otherwise the tourists would surround him to take pictures. This way he gets some peace. The buffalo wander freely through the park and you will have huge traffic jams when the herd decides to walk down the middle of the road and block all traffic.



Bepix (Giuseppe de G… on February 24, 2009

The buffalo is the care of the mud?

su.schle. on June 25, 2009

Rich, that was an interesting piece of information you posted above. What a smart fellow this buffalo is. Otherwise it is an unusual setting, we are all too used to the picture of buffalo grazing on the green or golden plains! Best wishes, susan

Richard Ryer on June 26, 2009

Greetings Susan, Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yellowstone has thousands of acres of grassy areas where the buffalo and the elk graze peacefully. Sometimes they go for a walk and find a comfortable place to flop down and take a rest. There is plenty of grass within a few feet of where this buffalo is so he is happy.



Alexkarl on February 16, 2012

Amazing capture. He's looking rather harmless, but we think you surely risked your life by taking this photo:-)LIKE!!! Cheers, Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Renato Pantini on August 18, 2014

Wonderful photo! Like!. Greetings, Renato.

Richard Ryer on August 18, 2014

Greetings Renato, Thanks for the visit and the comment. The wildlife in Yellowstone sometimes is not so wild. Cheers, Rich

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 9, 2007
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    by Richard Ryer
    • Camera: Hewlett-Packard HP PhotoSmart C945 (V01.40)
    • Taken on 2006/07/15 11:27:23
    • Exposure: 0.001s
    • Focal Length: 10.64mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash