Have you ever been poised my a large tree, trying to stay absolutely still as a herd of 30 elk rumbles by? No? I have and it was FANTASTIC!
Yesterday morning had us next to that tree as the cows, calves and some spikes (young bull elk) ran by, shaking the ground like a herd of horses. They’re amazing animals; sometimes the herd will clear a swath of vegetation like a lawn mower, just from running through, while other times you can barely pick out their tracks. This area is a mix of fallen trees, various small plants, young pine and steep valleys but these elk can pick their way through it like they’re walking across a smooth lawn. I’m lucky not to sound like a bull busting through a china shop…
How in the world did I end up seeing poised by a tree? My guy is an avid hunter, that’s his thing in life. He takes me with him occasionally, which I love – he hunts, and I follow along behind trying to be as quite as he is, gathering bits of nature as I find them. I love being out there in the middle of the forest, in this case the Ochoco Mountains outside of Prineville, watching the birds and chipmunks, tolerating the bugs (oh the bugs!!), and enjoying the stars at night.
On this trip I not only spent 3 days hiking this beautiful forest, I came home with some awesome nature. I’ll take some pictures tonight. If you’re not into vertebrae like I am, you might want to skip tomorrow’s post. = )
Until then, I leave you a moon and a view: