Alive again – The American Bison

American Bison. Pastel drawing and photo: Ulla Hennig

American Bison. Pastel drawing and photo: Ulla Hennig

They once lived in hundreds of thousands of herds in the Great Plains. The Indians hunted them and used every bit of them – from their hides to their horns.

During the 19th century those enormous herds were reduced to only a few hundred animals. They were shot down and left to rot. In the end not even the hides were taken. The species was in danger of being wiped out.

Later on, man recognized that it was his and her responsibility to prevent that, and today some 200 000 bison are again grazing the land.

This is one example of how man is getting aware of his responsibility regarding nature. We still need many more of that kind!


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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

5 responses to “Alive again – The American Bison”

  1. Betsy Wuebker says :

    Beautiful! Did you know the White Buffalo is sacred to the native people. There is one in Jamestown, South Dakota that I have seen. Seeing it is supposed to be a blessing!

  2. Karen Swim says :

    Ulla, what a beautiful picture! I agree with you in some ways I believe we are again becoming aware of how our actions impact the entire ecosystem. It’s amazing to think that at one time we lived in harmony with the environment and as we advanced and conquered we destroyed much of what was beautiful.

  3. Shari Smothers says :

    Ulla, this is lovely picture. I’m glad to know that people are working to rectify some of the damage wrought on nature. It’s unfortunate that so much damage is done before people recognize it and try to make corrections.

  4. Ulla Hennig says :

    Karen and Shari,
    how right you are! But I am noticing that more and more people are thinking now about nature and that it is important to act according to it and not against it. I hope it is not too late, though…

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