Driving The Herd by Susan Bergstrom

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Many people do not know (I didn’t until I went on this drive) that you can’t herd Buffalo… you drive them.

Here in the USA, the American Bison is our representation of the African Rhino…A full grown Male Buffalo can over turn a truck and kill a horse in the blink of an eye.
I had it explained to me by one of the many professional drovers, that you have to make the “Lows” as they are called… think it is their idea to go in a certain direction… and you can’t push them like a herd of cattle…it is the hardest job on the face of this earth.

A Cowboy can not get within 25 feet of the outside line when moving Buffalo. Buffalo have explosive tempers and pretty much hate horses.
Taking pictures of this drive was like filming an epic saga of history…it truly felt as if we were all in this time warp of 200 years ago.

My husband and I were invited by the Gov. of South Dakota to help with the yearly Buffalo Roundup. This is an event that takes place every year to round up the 2000 plus herd of Buffalo of the Black Hills and take them over 25 miles to holding pens for vaccination, doctoring and culling.
This was the most awesome experience…all on horse back and photo opportunities of a lifetime.

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  • navybrat
    navybratabout 6 years ago

    very nice Susan!

  • Thanks NavyB…(;o)

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • JuliaWright
    JuliaWrightabout 6 years ago

    Such a awesome photo Susan!

  • Thanks..I think I was in tears when I shot this…it was just so overwhelming the effect of the past swirling around me and being there to experience it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • handprintz
    handprintzabout 6 years ago

    What an amazing experience !! awesome shot

  • Thanks Trudi…I think I held my breath the entire time…partly because of how dangerous it can be and the other part is that there was an epic photograph in every direction! Thanks for viewing and your comment…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • shanemcgowan
    shanemcgowanabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image and editing susan.

  • Thanks Shane…was a grand time!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    Amazing image, love the perspective, Awesome

  • Thanks…I actually made a video of all the shots and the Gov. used it in the South Dakota tourism TV ads …he had a professional photographer there from New Yourk but the guy was to scared to get in the thick of it..LOL, NOT ME…gimmy a horse!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 6 years ago

    Susan, this is a fabulous shot, no I take that back… there are no words to describe it. What an awesome experience. Thanks for the explanation. Extremely well done! Love it!

  • Thank you Barbara…unbeliveable time…a grand photo in every direction!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Debra Willis
    Debra Willisabout 6 years ago

    Wonder photo, I love the old west look

  • Thanks so much Debra! It sure was not hard to get the old west look that day!!!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    Great capture, beautiful shot

  • Thanks so much…for viewing my work, your comment..and the FAV!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersabout 6 years ago

    what an amazing experience, susan…..i had no idea about driving the buffalo….so interesting and i love this shot…..a moment in time to treasure for always….thank you so much for sharing this…..

  • Yes it was an awesome time…seven days that went in a blink of the eye…something happening all of the time…camp coffe, trail food…and just the rolling hills of South Dakota, the wild sounds of the buffalo…they roar and grunt like wild animals…no lowing like cattle…and then the Black Hills and the ancient feel of all of it! Thanks for viewing and commenting! You know I always appreciate it!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Romo
    Romoabout 6 years ago

    wow…this is cool:)

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