For among elk, we dwell. *

Are you having a good Earth Day?

I have to say that I feel like nature is trying to get my attention today. This morning before I left for my early appointment, I read my friend, Annika’s story. Afterward, I walked outside and saw a gorgeous full moon in the blue sky.

About five miles down the road, a deer crossed the road right in front of me. Luckily I had time to get stopped. I was watching a second one cross, when a blur whizzed by., number three!

I looked back to my left and deer number four stood on edge, waiting for my next move, I suppose. I sat still. She stayed put, and I went on my way.

On my way home several hours later, I saw a wild turkey by the road. It couldn’t make up its mind what to do! Finally it just ran along the woods and went back in them.

Then, an hour ago, I was in the backyard. There’s a pretty swift breeze and I saw a turkey vulture gliding on the wind. Suddenly, he swooped down, nearly touching the grass between the fence and the back door. He circled around, then went on his way.

It’s definitely a nature-y day around here. So, I asked Annika if she would mind if I share her wonderful story about seeing elk in Sweden. She said I could. Her pictures are wonderful.

Here’s to being lucky enough to share this world with such amazing animals. Wishing each of you a happy Earth Day!

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photo 4-2This wasn’t the first time we had to brake suddenly. Not the noisy tyre screeching stop; rather a quiet sedate halt before a hushed ‘ahh’ filled the car. We all leaned forward. I glanced back and forth, desperately seeking out the cause for this joyful expression.

‘There, just there. Amongst the trees. Do you see them?’

Them? I had been looking for perhaps one deer, camouflaged amongst the dark brown tree trunks, the green of the forest sucking the clarity of shapes into itself.


Abruptly I sit back into my seat. A young elk calf had just skittered its way across the road directly in front of the car. By the tree line it turned around and looked back to the other side. Just then I saw ‘them’. Another calf, hidden deeper amongst the trees, then Mother Elk stepped forward towards the road.

photo 3-3This was my ‘Northern Exposure’ moment!…

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20 thoughts on “For among elk, we dwell. *

  1. Annika Perry April 22, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Many thanks for the kind reblog, Jessica. 😀 what a wonderful day you had experiencing nature – although I’m not too sure about the vulture, that sounds fierce.

    • Jessica Adam April 22, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      You’re welcome. 😊

      They are quite large. Huge wingspan.

  2. Gameplan Happily Ever After April 22, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Wow. You seem to be living in sync with nature :D Here the max fauna we come across is the hippity hoppity rabbit and squirrels :D

    • Jessica Adam April 22, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Something is in the air, I guess. :) Rabbits and squirrels live here as well. In fact, rabbits love feasting on our garden! Ha!

  3. Miriam April 22, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    This was a worthy post to reblog. Lovely photos within nature.

  4. ladieswholunchreviews April 22, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Lovely. I have a Norwegian Elkhound dog! Not as impressive as the elk, but sweet…

    • Jessica Adam April 24, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      I’ve ever heard of a Norwegian Elkhound. I’ll have to google it. :)

        • Jessica Adam April 24, 2016 / 9:44 pm

          Ohhhh… She does sound sweet. Shedding and all. How old is she? We have a black lab. He is 14. He’s a big dog, but would look tiny next to an elk! Ha! :)

          • ladieswholunchreviews April 24, 2016 / 9:51 pm

            Oh, she’s going to be 13 this year. Hoping for a few more. You have a sweet old guy, too.

          • Jessica Adam April 24, 2016 / 9:52 pm

            I hope we have them both a long time! :)

  5. Weird Guy With The Dog April 23, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Some day I hope to earn a living photographing nature.

    • Jessica Adam April 23, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I’ll be one of many waiting in line to buy your artwork and books!

      • Weird Guy With The Dog April 23, 2016 / 4:42 pm

        I need more practice! Summers coming!

        • Jessica Adam April 24, 2016 / 9:46 pm

          I disagree. About you needing more practice. :)

          • Weird Guy With The Dog April 24, 2016 / 9:47 pm

            Thank you for that. What I do comes from the heart, even if it’s not always in focus.

          • Jessica Adam April 24, 2016 / 9:50 pm

            Sometimes out of focus has its place, too. :)

          • Weird Guy With The Dog April 24, 2016 / 9:51 pm

            True that!

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