This is a buffalo guardian spirit – a nodal point on a broad energy grid that supports the buffalo energy throughout the American Midwest and Southwest.
Note how alert and on guard this spirit is. Perhaps it is because a group of photographers just descended on his quiet forest home and he is surveying their activity!
Here is the buffalo tree itself, with the buffalo spirit seen from the front.
The buffalo/bison has always been highly respected by the Native Americans for its many blessings offered to the community. It is a symbol of abundance, protection, good fortune…and many qualities more. As a nodal point on the buffalo grid, this tree is helping to keep the energy of the buffalo still active in the landscape, even though most of the buffalo have been long gone.
At this protected site – the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Northern Illinois – bison are being reintroduced in a protected environment. The land itself is also being restored to pre-pioneer day conditions.
Next to this tree is a pioneer-era graveyard and…wait!…did we photographers actually photograph a ghost in the graveyard! Wow! Congratulations, folks!
(Confession – that is a multiple-exposure photograph of the graveyard, that I stepped into for one of the shots!)