I was cycling home this afternoon, hurrying because the weather had changed for the worse in the hour or so that I’d been out, when I spotted these gals… The resident elk herd was enjoying the fresh grass right beside the main road leading into town.
American Elk by John James Audubon, 1845
I only saw cows and youngsters, no bull with this group (I just learned that tidbit – the males are not bucks, as I would have thought…) who were eating and lounging and paying no attention to traffic or cyclists waving cameras in their direction.
For your edification, a few useless facts about elk:
- There used to be 6 sub-species of elk in North America, but two are now extinct
- Mature bulls can weigh more than 700 lbs (explaining why it’s such bad news when they are hit by cars on the highway)
- To attract females, males urinate on themselves, soaking their hair and making sure they are nice and smelly (rather glad males of the human species don’t indulge in such delightful behaviour)
- Utah has claimed the Rocky Mountain Elk as its state animal
- An adult elk will eat about 20 lbs of vegetation in a day
I’m sure the local elk are enjoying those luscious, fresh green leaves as much as I am! Spring is springing!!
What’s your favourite local wildlife species?
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Landscape with Cows and a Camel by August Macke, 1914
The law of inverse proportions is in full effect here at the moment with one variable being how panicky I feel about my manuscript draft getting done by the deadline (May 1) and the second being how long I have to spend on my daily blog post! More panic? Less blog time…
Back in my farming days, I spent a lot of time hanging out with ungulates…
Today, I throw all efforts to tie into my theme to the wind and frantically scramble to find some visual representations of ungulates. Ungulates, in case you can’t quite remember from biology class, are mammals with some form of hoof. They include horses, cattle, pigs, camels, deer, and hippos…
Here in Canmore, these elk are resident ungulates.
This bison/buffalo is on display in our town hall…
Ancient ungulate imagery… Two Camels Fighting (1530)
The Moose by George Stubbs (1773)
Now, I’m going to have a quick shower and try not to disturb the neighbours with my baleful ululations (oooo – oooooo–nnnnnoooooo) as I consider the ticking clock that is ruling my existence these days… Then, perhaps a few more pages of edits before turning in.
Until tomorrow –
Posted in A to Z Challenge 2018, Art, Blog, writing life
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