Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wandering Buffalo

Agnes Plutino was one of the first people I met when I joined the Georgetown chapter of the Native Plant Society. She certainly must be one of the nicest people I've ever met. She is also the most knowledgeable person on native plants that I know of. Last year her good friend and editor of our news letter, Christene Powell called me up and wanted me to help her with a birthday present for Agnes.

While Agnes' whole yard is planted to natives with blooms of every imaginable color, her back pasture has been turned into a prairie. I mean the kind of prairie that was here before most of it was destroyed. There are grasses of every sort along with all the prairie flowers. I mean a real prairie. However the one thing she was missing in a real prairie was a buffalo.

This is where it gets good. Christene wanted me to build a buffalo like one she had seen some where. It was cut out of a sheet of metal and had legs that drive in the ground to hold it up. It was almost life size. I would do the work for free and Christene would buy the metal. It came out very nice and Agnes was thrilled with it. Now her prairie was complete. Well, for a while it seems.

Some low lifes have stolen the buffalo. Now Agnes' prairie is incomplete again. Why would any one steal a sheet metal buffalo? If any one sees this buffalo any where, would you please get in touch with me.


6 comments:

Rohrerbot said...

That's too bad. I don't know why people do the things they do sometimes....it's unfortunate that it happened and I hope you find it. Good luck!!

suzie/VivaVerde said...

that just sucks. how stupid are they to take something so recognizable? i too hope it shows up. i'll keep an eye on Craigslist!

Tabor said...

Geesh. It is hiding somewhere in someone's yard. Keep your eyes open.

vertie said...

I can't believe someone stole it! well, actually i can given how nice it is, but still! Hope it finds its way home. Agnes might have seen it at Caprock Canyons State Park, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caprock_canyons/. They have several metal bison there. maybe yours went to find its herd?

Annie in Austin said...

Rotten thieves! What a cool piece of prairie art you created, Bob - and how lovely for one friend to commission a gift for another friend. I sure hope it's returned.
Maybe the buffalo should have been surrounded with poison ivy ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lancashire rose said...

There are just some really rotten people in this world. I know that in England there is such thievery going on with garden things and plants too that people are now having to insure their plants. They come in the dead of night and steal from under your nose. You have to bolt everything down to the ground.
On a more pleasnt subject, I would love some of those seeds, eryngo in particular. They always have gorgeous ones at the WFC int he fall so maybe it is not too late after all.