The Buffalo Wallow: Essay and Pictures Detailing an Aspect of American Plains History
Yellow Cone Flowers, Near the Buffalo Wallow
What is a Wallow?
While growing up on a farm in Colorado, there was a special place in the pasture, which we called the Buffalo Wallow. This was but a low spot where rainwater collected, forming a bit of a pond in particularly wet years, and a trodden, sometimes muddy spot in dryer ones. It was magical for my siblings and I, because it was the only place within miles in which to wade. In the best years, it was full of eggs, which hatched into frogs, toads, and tiger salamanders. Once, it got waist deep...to a 10 year old. That year, we raised thousands of frogs and a handful of salamanders, in a stock tank in which we dumped eggs collected from the Buffalo Wallow.
We assumed, because we had one, that everyone knew what a Buffalo Wallow was. But I found out as I grew that most people don't. So I'll show you.
The Buffalo Wallow
The New Tadpole Hole
A Baby Frog Grows Up
© 2010 Joilene Rasmussen