Bison in the Hoodoos, Wild Horses in the Lavender Buttes

46.9790° N, 103.5387° W

Little bluestem, sagebrush, and wild rose decide the trim and texture of the grasslands around the hoodoos where broad-winged birds and the giant ox-like mammals we call bison animate the fabric of our country.

In the hot summer, hundreds of hooves break up and rake the crust of the sun-baked earth, preparing soil for plant growth. It’s in this wide open expanse that bison survive, grazing on gasses and sedges, tilling the soil for forbs that would otherwise shrink into the shadows of the tallgrass, suffocate, and vanish.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park