After several minutes shooting this incredible beast, she suddenly moved in close - so close, in fact, the autofocus on my wide angle lens couldn't keep up or accommodate. Just before losing my balance, I took this adorable snapshot. Just after, she landed a big fat sloppy KISS all over the lens!
"She LICKED my lens!" I exclaimed as I wiped a fair amount of goo off. I wonder if she was a dog in a former life, was curious, or just wanted to give me a good slobbering. A woman standing nearby had just commented on how this particular buffalo had taken a shine to me... moving closer and closer as I shot several pictures. Personally, I think she was totally messing with me and providing cheap, effective entertainment for the herd of bystanders (both human and furry).
Did I mention these buffalo were all surprisingly SMALL? They were all girls. Someone said the boys are much more burly and can be a tad obnoxious and prone to trouble-making. One of the most delightful scenes I witnessed on this retreat was the entire herd at play. After lunch they all just came barreling down from the woods into open territory. I never would have thought I'd see a buffalo "frolick" but one actually did. She skipped around as if there was so much energy inside her body couldn't contain it all. A spontaneous blurp of buffalo energy that seemed to signal playtime for the entire community - don't you just love it when that happens?
Posted by susan at May 13, 2009 9:32 AM