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Monday, May 18, 2015

Mountain Spring - elk on the move

It's getting to be time for the elk herd that winters in our neck of the woods to move up to the high mountains. As always, they've spent time near our house this spring.

Here, two of them leaped an old fence left in a meadow.
And then they gathered, for milling around and grazing.
You can tell that summer is coming based on their fur coats. Their normally very thick and luxurious neck fur is completely gone.
And, the herd is starting to break up into smaller groups. Here, one group fled when some people got out of vehicles near them.
Isn't it funny that the elk leave for greener pastures just when things are starting to get green here?
It's all part of the yearly rhythm of life in the mountains. I don't understand why the animals do certain things but they've been doign them for far longer than I've been on this Earth.


  1. Yes, animals are amazing. How they know to do or not do things and the various ways of communication. Totally amazing!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    Remember tomorrow is the Barkers -vs- Slayers soccer game!

  2. That was some moving and Shyla was sure keeping up!

  3. The ebb and flow of the seasons....and you've got a front row seat.

  4. What kind of elk is in that last picture, BOL
    Lily & Edward

  5. Wow what a rhythm!

    Aroo to you,

  6. I love the idea of the rhythm of life! I think the animals know and understand lots of things that we humans don't know and understand

  7. The elk are so beautiful! Even without their winter coats! :D Yay for Spring!

  8. Those elk need to send me their trick for losing that winter fur - Ciara and Lightning are really getting tired of my brushing them:)

  9. Amazing photos as always!

    Anne and Sasha

  10. Yeah .... I guess they know what they're doin' but sometimes you gotta wonder, aye??

  11. The elk are so beautiful in their herd.

  12. they are wonderful animals... I love their ears and their eyes... your title today reminded me of this song of Sweet "fox on the run", I can't imagine that I was a fan once... silly teenager lol. Your elks on the sprung are much better than that foxes on the run :o)
    easy rider

  13. The elk in spring always look tattered and torn. Leaving tomorrow to find spring. Hope it has come to you!

  14. How do Shyla and R react to the mass migrating herd?

  15. Great photos - did you see the vid about the moose calves in Alaska - new borns right at the side of the road.

  16. That furst pic of the two Elks made Ma laugh! She said it reminded her of MOI when I don't wanna step in a puddle...☺
    Oh, those meadows are FABulous! We don't have much green here anymores...
    Ruby ♥

  17. Hi ACD Pack - Our dogs are fairly bewildered when we accidentally run into the herd on our trails. They sort of want to chase but they're also scared by so many huge animals running together. Because of their conflicting feelings, the dogs generally just watch with their jaws dropping in awe.

    We do lots of practice of recalls when the herd is nearby (but not close enough for us to scare them) so that our dogs never actually run after them.


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