Tag: buffalo

American Bison

 “Call of the Wild” Graphite Drawing by Geri Dunn
Call of the Wild

The American Bison is a symbol of our culture, when the West was once wild and untamed, and these magnificent beasts would spend the warm hours of the day resting, chewing its cud or wallowing in dirt.

Females and young males may live in groups of up to 20 bison. Males also can live in groups of up to 20 males, or they can live in smaller groups or individually. Mature males and females usually live apart except during breeding season.

It is during the breeding season that one might have the best opportunity to hear these big guys bellow. When a female runs through a group of males, the males often respond by bellowing and fighting each other.  While one may think that the loudest bellows impresses the ladies, researchers actually think the low deep rumbling bellow wins the girl every time.

This completed Graphite Drawing is available. Completed size is 12 x 16.

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Yellowstone National Park

Buffalo at sunset, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.For anyone wanting to embrace Nature, Yellowstone National Park has to be one of the most popular destinations.

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For me, Yellowstone is the National Park that I long to experience. I see such wonderful photos taken of this magical place. Incredibly beautiful sunsets. Awe-inspiring waterfalls, geysers and rivers. Massive Bison, Majestic Elk and the unknown just around the bend.

 

It’s no wonder that Yellowstone History has been occupied for over 11,000 years. And it’s certainly not a mystery that in 1872 Yellowstone was nominated as the first National Park.

All Photos Courtesy of Ron Niebrugge 🙂

Looking for a Unique Gift?

Looking for a unique gift?  Browse through my new section featuring all of my limited edition prints.  I have many to choose from, including my newest piece, “Over the Ridge” that just won 3rd place in a juried competition this month (October) in Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA.

One visit to my print section will have you looking at all of my favorites, as well as some of my prints that are becoming limited in availability.  I can ship anywhere you want, and I can use PayPal, which is always a safe and secure method of payment.   If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to contact me or leave a comment, and I will get back with you immediately! My email is geridunn@aol.com.

Over the Ridgeline

About 3 years ago, I undertook a huge project. I had this thought that I always wanted to do a drawing of buffalo stampeding. This image ran through my mind so often, that I finally found a picture of 3 buffalo running.  The picture was ideal, because it wasn’t too dark. That’s a huge drawback when working with black and white images. If it’s too dark, then everything becomes black.   That drawing took forever!!!! and when it was done, it came out great.  And I thought, “Great, I got buffalo out of my system.” 

Then one day while I was waiting for my car to get serviced, I began a little scribble/doodle which turned out to be a buffalo profile.  And that came out ok also. Once I sold the doodle, I then was sad to think that I never gave myself over to just one buffalo completely. If I did one buffalo, I wanted it to be a powerful, majestic drawing of the buffalo, reminiscent of Frank McCarthy’s style, only done my way, in black and white.

So I went to take a picture of a buffalo at a local ranch. Once I got the angle I wanted, everything seemed to come out quickly.  I am incredibly pleased with the way it came out.  Hope you enjoy it! Your comments are definitely appreciated, so please feel free to leave any. 🙂

Over the Ridgeline
Over the Ridgeline