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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

SWF - Sunset over the Beefalo at Grand Canyon National Park


It must be hot in House Rock Valley to the east, as that’s where the Beefalo are supposed to roam. Cant’ blame them for heading to higher and cooler country where the meadows offer good grazing.

I had posted before about the buffalo at Grand Canyon. But they are really a cross breed of cattle and buffalo left over from early 1900 ranching in the area. They are smaller and have less shag around their necks. I believe the only place you can see the real thing is Yellowstone National Park.

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26 comments:

Sally in WA said...

Great picture, Gaelyn. I never heard of beefalo before. :-)

BTW, I will ride the train ANYWHERE it goes. :-)

Arija said...

It is sad how few truly genetically pure bred Buffalo remain.

Nice shot Gaelyn.

Jazz said...

OK, it didn't take my post, and I don't remember if you have comment moderation... if you do refuse this one.

So, I was saying: Were they crossed on purpose or did a frisky buffalo and and an equally frisky cow meet and they rest, as they say, is history?

Sylvia K said...

Cool shot, Gaelyn, and it is sad to see the "real" buffalo disappearing.

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Wonderful!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Gaelyn,
This has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to tell you that I keep watching the PBS trailers for Ken Burns "National Parks" series coming up in September and seeing their pics of the Grand Canyon that look just like yours. Were you working in any of the parks while they were filming? I think it's going to be another epic series and I can't wait for it to air.

Esther Garvi said...

Lovely heavy sky!

susieofarabia said...

The wild west still lives! Great photo, Gaelyn!

Janie said...

Antelope Island near Salt Lake City has real buffalo -- at least I think they're the real thing. And the Ute Indians have a small herd on their reservation.

uberrhund said...

I once tried to explain Beefalo to a friend and she thought I was pulling her leg! Would not believe me.
Wonderful photo and interesting tale as always! Thanks for sharing!

J Bar said...

great shot
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Kathiesbirds said...

Hey Gaelyn, nice shot! I believe you can also see true buffalo or bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota near Mt. Rushmore! Supposedly that is where "Dances With Wolves" was filmed.

Small City Scenes said...

There used to be a Beefalo ranch south of here in Everett many years ago but sadly to say it is houses now.
Nice picture. MB

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Here I was thinking it was a typing error until I read further. :) I would head for higher ground too.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

How interesting! I have heard of them, but sure didn't know they were there, or had been around last long.

antigoni said...

You are so lucky to be near mother nature. I really enjoy all your photos.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Oh give me a home, where the beefalo roam, and the skies aren't cloudy all day.
Wait, that doesn't sound right. No wonder you have a cloudy sky for SWF.

Diane AZ said...

Very beautiful and peaceful. Unusual too, there probably aren't many skywatch posts with beefalo.

Louise said...

I like the light on the cloud. I didn't know there were beefalo at the Grand Canyon. What is it that's at Yellowstone? Buffalo or beefalo?

Carver said...

Beautiful shot and an interesting post. I also love the shots in your next post of the pink sand dunes.

Babooshka said...

Wild Buffalo, pink sands, another world. I must see all this one day.

Quiet Paths said...

Now that is a scene one does not see every day. Great agate trees in the background. Dreamy.

Quiet Paths said...

PS I believe the Nat'l Bison Range to the west of us here has some true Bison stock which came from one of the last herds found in the 1800's; but I am no expert. Let me know if you find out differently.

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know that....

Martha in PA said...

Beautiful landscape.

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Ed said...

In recent decades tests were developed to determine the source of mitochondrial DNA in cattle and bison, and it was found that most private 'buffalo' herds were actually cross bred with cattle, and even most state and federal buffalo herds had some cattle DNA.
Significant public bison herds that do not appear to have hybridized domestic cattle genes are the Yellowstone Park Bison Herd, the Henry Mountains Bison Herd which was started with bison taken from Yellowstone Park, the Wind Cave Bison Herd and the Wood Buffalo National Park Bison Herd and subsidiary herds started from it, in Canada.

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