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The Kill Site #1

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 13 May 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The sandstone cliff just north of the Interpretive Centre was the actual jump site. This cliff is just one of several locations along the tail end of the Porcupine Hills, which were used as buffalo jumps. Another buffalo jump, the Calderwood jump, is visible one kilometer north of Head-Smashed-In.

PENTAX K200D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a rather dramatic drop. Excellent shot.

13 May 2011 6:07am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes, I think the buffalo thought so too!! ;-))

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Lovely landscape view !

13 May 2011 6:26am

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A splendid composition of this stunning view !! The jump site and in the far away this sunny landscape !

13 May 2011 6:44am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

Very dramatic scenery, excellently catched.

13 May 2011 7:37am

@Göran: Thank you very much Goran! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Breath taking landscape - the cliffs are silent now but it must have been different in those historic times!

13 May 2011 7:48am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes, it must have been wonderful to have seen it when there were massive herds of buffalo roaming the plains..... ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It's been quite a story Eric, and these cliffs bring it home!
Some way to hunt eh?

13 May 2011 8:48am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! Yes, this technique has been used over the centuries my people around the world. Beats having to stare down a charging 1,000 kilo animal with only a sharpened stick! ;-)))

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

The beautiful colors of the rocks and grass. Good POV Eric.

13 May 2011 9:17am

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice view , I like the colors in the front ground , Phil

13 May 2011 9:26am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

an outstanding location and composition! i love that caught mood here!

13 May 2011 9:44am

@klausZ: Thank you very much Klaus! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Simply awesome. Very good pic, Eric.

13 May 2011 9:56am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très beau paysage, les couleurs des rochers sont superbes!

13 May 2011 10:52am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful composition and place

13 May 2011 11:05am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! ;-)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love the shapes and the colour, overall great panorama Eric :)

13 May 2011 11:11am

@Lorraine: Thank you very much Lorraine! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, heckuva drop for the buffalo - quite an efficient method of hunting. Nice depiction of the place, Eric.

13 May 2011 12:56pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! Apparently it's not the drop; but rather the sudden stop at the bottom that's the kicker! ;-))

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful textures and excellent composition! Best regards, Adela

13 May 2011 12:59pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

What a beautiful location... So peaceful and calm... Enjoy the upcoming weekend Eric :)

13 May 2011 1:21pm

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This has been a fascinating and informative series.

13 May 2011 1:49pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! Glad you are enjoying it! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

The killer photo !!! GREAT series, Eric!

13 May 2011 1:56pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

You shot the murder weapon!

13 May 2011 2:40pm

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

A dramatic killer cliff. Well composed shot, explains the whole story so well. Great series.
Excellent presentation, Eric. :)

13 May 2011 3:10pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a perfectly descriptive image, Eric...along with your text, the "EWvery Picture tells a Story" award belongs squarely on your shelf...I LOVE this view, Man!!

13 May 2011 3:13pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Quelle belle falaise et la vallée au fond.
Paysage grandiose.

13 May 2011 3:21pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France


13 May 2011 3:41pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a remarkable image of an historic site. Thank you for sharing all of this, Eric ... it seems you spent a good amount of time there.

13 May 2011 4:57pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, we spent a morning there...... ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful coours on the rocks!. Nice landscape!!!

13 May 2011 5:04pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

You can just see forever...I could stare all day at that view

13 May 2011 5:27pm

@Jen: Thank you very much Jen! Yes, it seems like that some days...... ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

The color and detail of the rocks are most bewitchingly beautiful. Retaining the blood of the
many bison who must have met their fate here. Gorgeous location, probably not Indian land
anymore, but such a gorgeous photo.

13 May 2011 5:50pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! The colour on the rocks is lichen which has a kind of dried blood look to it. Surprisingly few buffalo met their fate here. Estimates are only about 125,000. The good news is that it is still Indian land...... ;-)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Remarkable place and scape photograph!

13 May 2011 6:05pm

@Oleg: Thank you very much Oleg! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautifully taken picture of this stunning landscape

13 May 2011 6:09pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Kat from Lorraine, France

Beautiful landscape !
have a good week end Eric :)

13 May 2011 6:18pm

@Kat: Thank you very much Kat! ;-)

dagilmar from Córdoba, Spain

Greatly depicted. Nice picture, Eric.

13 May 2011 8:37pm

@dagilmar: Thank you very much Daniel! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous landscape composition. You can almost see it happening.

13 May 2011 9:19pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I remember this landscape really well, I think when I was there the interpretation centre was still quite new, I also remember how proud the blackfoot guides were to be able to tell us about their culture.

13 May 2011 11:41pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you very much Wolfgang! Yes, the interpretation centre is still a wonderful place....... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

If only those rocks could speak - the stories they could tell!

14 May 2011 2:33am

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes indeed it would be a wonderful tale..... ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

The whole kill site thing makes me really sad - although I can certainly understand what has to happen when finding ways to insure survival. So interesting - and a beautiful image - the rocks look rusty.

14 May 2011 3:06am

@Becky: Thank you very much Becky! The rust colour comes from lichen growning on the rocks..... ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely series Eric and great captures....interesting one here too...

20 May 2011 5:14pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/250 second
ISO 100
97 mm (35mm equiv.)