ASC Landmark crew member
The sun is low and the grass is tall. The wind blows gently through the prairie.
[00:26]—[Lumbering forward, stopping occasionally. A strong, simple cycle.]
The bison are a constant presence and easily noticed.
[00:45]—[A pair moves up and down in unison while ultimately descending.]
A hawk slows the flapping of its wings as it lands upon a cottonwood.
[00:58]—[Moving swiftly, a new presence rises in volume.]
Something approaches from the distance.
[01:03]—[Sudden bursts of motion fluttering out of range.]
Startled by the new presence, several sage grouse flush out into the open.
[01:05]—[Advancing steadily, quickly. Occasionally holding still.]
A coyote stalks among the grasses, its movements are quick and concise.
[01:14]—[The strong and simple cycle returns.]
After pausing to acknowledge the newcomer, the bison continue their roaming undisturbed.
[01:22]—[Rapidly accelerating, a rolling knock.]
As the grass gives way to dried mud, the coyote reveals itself and sprints towards the entrance of a nearby burrow.
[01:24]—[Shrill, short, repeating, and urgent. Coming from different directions.]
The prairie dogs become aware of their unwanted guest. A chorus of barking ensues.
[01:29]—[Distinct and distant. A high-pitched whistle is held.]
An elk bugles out of sight, unaffected but nonetheless connected.
As the sun sets, life on the prairie goes on.