Thursday, August 7, 2008

We are not alone

Reflections from the Backcounter

Sometimes clarity and insight go hand in hand and are delivered to you without asking by a kind and helpful neighbor who happens to have a camera! Things that have defied explanation are suddenly explained and finally make sense. Small things like: understanding why your apple tree never bears fruit, or why the rock wall around the garden has always fallen down each time you return for a weekend trip to the cabin, and why the hummingbird feeder is suddenly empty for no apparent reason or visible leak... In this case...there is a four legged culprit.

In fact, a very large, four legged ,apple stealing, wall knocking , hummingbird feeder drinking, bull elk has invaded our yard at our summer cabin. Mind you in 20 years of weekend trips to this little mountain hideaway the most exciting wild animal sighting on our property has been a family of mother and baby skunks who prevented us from having our traditional marshmallow roast in the back yard...A spraying skunk can put a damper on your enthusiasm for trying to roast that perfectly golden brown nugget of marshmallow goodness.

Clearly, this animal is in a different league. He looks majestic and... rather comfortable as he ravages and pillages my flower garden and strips the apple tree. Notice that hoof action as it knocks over my tediously constructed garden wall. The nerve of that elk. I am confident that he is on his way to the hummingbird feeder. Next he'll be expecting cream in his coffee.....




Anonymous said...

Great posting. I love your blog and your attitude displayed. Keep up the wonderful work.

Anonymous said...

This elk does not take cream in his coffee; he has more refined tastes in cabins (yours), so obviously we're looking at a grande double-shot cappucino kinda guy here!

Rebecca @ Freaky Frugalite said...

Holy cow! I mean-- deer! Or are they elk?! Those would make HUGE venison steaks, heh heh.

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

How cool to have a elk peeking in on you and what great pictures you have of it! I'm surprised he isn't camera shy!

Between a skunk or an elk, I think I'd rather have the elk.