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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Timeless Bison

I've long wanted to capture a Bison photo that spoke to me in a powerful way and embodied the spirit of the animal and poetically played homage to Western heritage. It's hard to think of any mammal that is more symbolic to our country its native people and land. At the time of our country being founded, estimates were upwards of 30 million Bison roaming our lands. Unmitigated hunting and disease dropped these numbers drastically and today numbers hover around 500,000. Finally all of the elements lined up for this shot taken in Commerce City, Colorado.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Commerce City , Colorado, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Ryan Kost