Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays: The Boys Are Back!




Five curious Bull Elk standing on that side of this fence.

On the other?
One scared pony.

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51 comments:

Pamela said...

I would love to see that. (well not the scared pony. poor baby)

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Outrageous. They are stunning creatures.I don't blame the pony. We got nervous last summer watching bucks when one wasn't sure whether he wanted us to between him and a doe. After that we kept our distance. Those antlers are made for business. Do you ever find the fallen racks? That would really be something.

Stan said...

You must be in the neighborhood of Jackson, WY. In my neck of the woods, those would be pronghorns.

caite said...

love those two closeups of 'the boys'. fantastic.

Beth F said...

They are so huge -- I'd be a bit nervous too if I were that pony.

sweet bay said...

Your horse does look a well bit alarmed. :) Those elk are magnificent! Great pictures.

Kiki said...

Wow..so cool! Lucky!! Gorgeous photos!
Kiki~

Marsha said...

You live in such a gorgeous area and to look outside and see elk is amazing! What majestic looking creatures these guys are and the frightened pony shot had me laughing. Then I get down to the bottom of the post to leave a comment and the google ad is for Minnesota elk meat - almost choked on my coffee :) How do they do that?

Kate said...

Hi, Pamela;
It was amazing to see them - especially because they paid us a visit last year, too. (At least I think they're the same bunch - what do I know??)

Kate said...

Hi, Sukmandir;
I ride horses in that meadow all summer long but I've never seen a fallen rack. That would be cool...

Kate said...

Hi, Stan;
I'm about 4 hours south of Jackson. Around here it's just the big guys - elk and moose. I rarely see a deer or an antelope.

Kate said...

Thx, Caite;
I think they were on a mission to steal Bella's hay. She was more than happy to run far away from them! :)

Kate said...

Truth be told, Beth, I was as scared as Bella. I could have gotten closer but they are enormous! And, those horns are scary. :))

Kate said...

Thx, Sweet Bay & Kiki;
My adopted horse is a city slicker. She's spent her whole life in a barn. So, she almost had a heart attack when she first saw them. Me, too!

Kate said...

Yikes, Marsha! That's horrible. I'm turning those freakin' ads off right now! It's not worth the lame nickel Google pays me...

Well-Read Reviews said...

Wow! That is awesome.. What nice looking animals!

Allison
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Anonymous said...

Hi !
Those are wonderful photos. I suspect they not only come for the buffet, but have realized they can't be shot in town.
The Elk meat that's sold online is farm raised, though I doubt that means much to the elk.
Oh, and good luck finding a rack, those things are worth their weight in gold. I've seen them sold from $30.00 to $12,000 dollars. -your brother

catsynth said...

Impressive photos - and a nice punch line with the pony :)

Thanks for coming to visit today - we always love to hear from first-time visitors!

Shelle said...

wow i cannot imagine having that landscape outside my door...although i'm sure i wouldn't survive in you weather to see it lol.

so glad you dropped by my blog...i love your blog....your photos are awesome!

Kate said...

Hi, Anonymous Brother :)
You are sooo right. They come down from the hills twice a year -- to lounge in our backyards during hunting season [they are well-protected from those horrid hunter types.] And, then a smorgasbord of hay and oats in mid-winter is a fun time, too.

Kate said...

Thx, Catsynth - I loved your photos, too.

Shelle -- I am now, officially, living vicariously through you and your lovely, cultured, city slicker life. What? Me? Jealous?

Titanium said...

Wowza! 'Em are some BIG elk! Gorgeous photos...

Jennifer Robin said...

I love it! I was actually lucky enough to have a herd of elk migrate through (and live for one season!) on my property. I sure do miss them.

Spice said...

Great pictures!!! Poor scared pony. :) Happy WW!

Carver said...

These are fantastic winter shots of the "boys".

Kate said...

Thx, Titanium - I loved the kayaking pics!

Hi, Jennifer - I'd love it if they would stick around for a season. Though I don't think my horsie is of the same mindset. :)

Hey, Spice! You are raising quite the little rock star soccer player! Cute pic.

Shady Gardener said...

Ohmygoodness, Kate! What a sight! To be able to see that number of elk so quickly must be quite a thrill. I can imagine that your pony might have been a bit nervous. :-) Antelope (pronghorn) are quite different... but very pretty animals, too. :-) Thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

Incredible shots!

Carolina Mountains said...

Wow - elk? We have them here in the Smokies. Poor pony! Wonder waht he thinks of the boys!

Kate said...

Thx, Carver, Julia and Shady;

I've lived here for awhile, now, but I still marvel that such gigantic animals just stroll into the yard.

Fingers crossed they don't come back in summer. I wouldn't have much of a garden after they came to call!

Kate said...

Hi, Carolina M. --
I am quite fond of your Smokey Mountains. I did my student teaching in Tennessee, hiked all over your neck of the woods while living there.

Horse Bella's thoughts on the elk were... "Put me in the barn! Right now! Hurry up! And, lock the door!" :)

Stanza Rae said...

Beautiful pictures! I want to live there!

I linked to you in my "The Very Best Of Wordless Wednesday" post, http://www.goodbadandgottahave.com/2010/02/very-best-of-wordless-wednesday.html

Kate said...

Thanks for the link! Very kind of you!
Happy Wordless Wednesday. :))

Patricia said...

These are great! I've always been an outdoors girl, and I love your part of the country. Happy WW and thanks for sharing!

Topiary Lady said...

Oh Beautiful! Those boys are lovely! My mare would have fallen onto the ground of a heart attack- she's horrified of cows, deer- pretty much anything bigger than a dog with four legs! Thank you for sharing those amazing photos!

Sparkle said...

What amazing, gorgeous creatures! But imposing. I think I'd stick to rat wrangling. ;-)

Life Ramblings said...

those boys are gorgeous. if i were the pony, i'd be scared too.

Garden tips said...

Great photos

Gail said...

Unimaginable as I am sitting here in my cozy house in nashville! gail

Old Bookworm said...

I love to watch the elk! Aren't those boys regal looking? They're just so massive, and proud.

Beautiful!

Kate said...

Thanks, Patricia;
While I sometimes miss the city life, I love it out here, too. There's always some fun thing happening in the great outdoors.

Hi, Topiary;
I think our mares are a lot alike. :) All of the horses were quite worried about their visitors.

Kate said...

Hi, Sparkle, Life, Gardening Tips and Gail!

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your kind compliments. They are very big and they scare me, too, but they don't seem the slightest bit uncomfortable around people. In fact, the following day, quite a few locals came out to admire them. They seemed to enjoy the attention!

Kate said...

Hey, Bookworm!
Regal is a fab descriptor. They were here last winter, much smaller in stature at that time. I'm amazed at how massive they've become in 1 short year...

Melanie said...

Wow Elk with headgear, lovely shots. Is that your house in the first photo?

Kate said...

Thanks, Melanie;
No, no - that house is way too nice to be mine. That's the guy that hollers at us when we ride our horses through his property! :D

Snowcatcher said...

Totally awesome. Loved the way you arranged the layout, too. Left me smiling! The "boys" are beautiful!

Rose said...

How cool! My grandkids would be mesmerized by a sight like this. Actually, a neighbor who's a vet raises some elk here. But they're behind a fence of evergreens, so it's not often we get a close-up look at them.

GloriaBonde said...

Hi Kate - Wow! Those boys are scary! I love the new look of your blog. How close did you get to those elk? Gloria

Kate said...

Thx, Snowcatcher and Rose;
It's a real treat when they migrate through this area...

Kate said...

Hi, Gloria;
Bella (horse) and I were standing about 25 feet from the two big guys. The other 3 were smaller, maybe younger, and weren't as brave.

Will said...

This looks like the part of Colorado where our relatives live. Those big boys look a bit scary. I would keep my distance.

Just scrolled up and see you are in Utah at 7,000 feet. I guess that is very similar to Colorado at 7,000 feet!