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逃离城市 on September 26, 2008

Can such near see they, really are lucky!

flees

Jean Gregory Evans on September 27, 2008

flees

At the moment this photo was taken, this was the only elk in sight. Later, they came out of the woods and there was a great herd. They came so close that someone could have reached out and touched them.

There was one buck with big antlers that seemed to adore the attention and came so close to a crowd of us tourists that the Park Volunteer finally made us walk slowly back to our many cars and get in.

It was like the elk was tame like a horse. But they are wild creatures and if one got angry over something, they could do some real damage with those big pointy antlers. It was thrilling to get so close but also scary. I thought the Park volunteer have asked us to back off about 15 minutes earlier than he did.

My eyes could hardly believe it as the animal grazed and then would glance at us, then take another step forward and pretend he was just there for the grazing when the grass was already sort of short. The taller grasses were behind him. Then he would glance at all of us and then take another bite then glance at us and take another step forward. Then he'd stand there and seem to say, I'm ready for my photo now. Then he'd look around at all of us, then take another mouthful of grass and step forward again until he was at the very edge of the grass where there was only the gravel and sand in the road.

Then we all got back in our cars, it suddenly seemed very dark as the light was almost totally gone from this valley. The sun had really gone down for sure. The cars started cranking up and leaving and we reluctantly joined them. That lone elk meandered back over into the field to join the herd who were beginning to disappear into the trees. Apparantly the elk spend their nights in the forest. We were the last car to leave except for the Park Volunteer who said he would lock the gate that blocks the road into the valley at the top of the mountain and the place would be without humans until the next morning at eight o'clock. He told us that the elk also return into the fields just after sunrise ....but we couldn't go back. I sure would love to be there sometime for that too.

flees, I am sure you would love it too!

Jean

逃离城市 on September 29, 2008

Jean,Looked at your detailed introduction, feels you to these elk's affection and the attention. Yes, I also extremely like the animal, the hope and their short distance contact. But this in China is not the easy matter. You infect me joyfully, I are being happy for you.

Thanks you so detailed introduction.

flees

Jean Gregory Evans on September 29, 2008

Perhaps, flees, one day you make to the mountains of North Carolina. If you plan a trip and want to see the elk here, you should come at the end of September or October. When the mating season is here, the bull elk yell at the whole valley, a bugling sound that carries for a long distance. Sometimes the bull elk fight each other too and that is exciting. You can take a picnic meal with you into the valley or even stay the night in a campground. I am sure you would love it!

Jean

逃离城市 on September 30, 2008

:-),Listens to you to say like this, my heart already arrived there.If has the opportunity, I can certainly the plan traveling schedule which said according to you.

flees

Jean Gregory Evans on September 30, 2008

flees, yes! And I hope you get to come in real life too.

Jean

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  • Uploaded on September 26, 2008
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2007/10/17 15:31:13
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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