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“Locking Horns – Bison Demonstrating Metaphors”

Bison, bulls, fighting, locking horns, metaphor, (Daryl Hunter's "The Hole Picture" � Daryl L. Hunter has been photographing the Yellowstone Region since 1987, when he packed up his view camera, Pentex 6X7, and his 35mm�s and headed to Jackson Hole Wyoming. Besides selling photography Daryl also publ/Daryl L. Hunter)
Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved by Daryl L. Hunter ~ written for and originally published in The Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide

“Locking Horns – Bison Demonstrating Metaphors” I look at this picture and I see a metaphor, a metaphor that is emblematic of my life. I have been locking horns with people ever since my age of reason. Not to say my reasoning is any good but it’s mine.

I often times feel like the bull on the left, bigger, older with my hair falling out, external forces about ready to pierce my temple questioning whether I still have the strength to fight them off. I can see the problem but butting heads hasn’t been able to solve the problem that is facing my Temple.

 If I may mix metaphors – a neoclassical “Temple” and an academic argument both require a solid base. While the foundation of a building is stone;


the foundation of an argument is a premise.  The building blocks of an argument are facts and assertions, known as suppositions.

A mason shapes and stacks round blocks in order to form a pillar; in the same way, an adversary arranges and connects suppositions in order to provide a chain of logical connections; like a pillar that runs all the way from the ground to the roof, these connections are the evidence that supports the adversaries main point.

The stronger the columns, the heavier the roof can be; in the same way, a stronger array of supporting evidence can support a “weightier” conclusion. Just as building must withstand the force of gravity, an argument must hold up under the force of logic.

2 thoughts on ““Locking Horns – Bison Demonstrating Metaphors”

  1. Breck Kent says:

    Always enjoy looking at your photos, Daryl. One of these years we’ll have to meet-up again.

  2. Breck, thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoy my work that means something coming from an accomplished photographer as yourself. Remember I’m only a phone call away, you should have called me while in West Yellowstone.

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