Thursday, October 4, 2012

2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup - Part II

The main event at the 2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is the thundering herd flowing over the hilltops into sight.  You can feel and hear them, before you see them.  The morning of waiting, long lines to the porta-potties, and dusty air are worth the sight of that first buffalo cresting the hills. Then the rest of the herd begins its slow build over the crest into a full run, followed by cowboys and cowgirls cracking their whips to get the herd pointed in the direction they want them to go in. The herd is willing this year and follows their coordinated directions.

2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

With the riders and vehicles bringing up the final herd from behind, the hardest part is done. Now the buffalo know what to do. They head into the corrals.

2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

Great care is taken not only for the safety of the buffalo, but for the crowd and riders as well. The buffalo, riders, and spectators all made it through another year of the Buffalo Roundup.

2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

And when all is said and done - it comes down to one thing. This is where the west was won...God bless, and see you next year at the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup!

2012 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup by Dakota Visions Photography LLC www.dakotavisions.com

Please, don't forget to check out these photographs and more in our 2012 Buffalo Roundup gallery on the Dakota Visions Photography, LLC website.  And while you are at it, join us on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ , or Twitter.  Until next time, we'll see you behind the lens...

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