Ready, Set, Done: Elk

Today’s post is: Ready, Set, Done “10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!”

See Elk Run ( エルク実行]を参照してください)

Closer.  Closer.  Closer.  Facebook.  Photo.  Must get closer.

The Elk Rut

The elk (Cervus elaphus) rut occurs once every year in early Fall.  Bull elk, strong from a summer’s worth of feeding, herd together harems of females and protect them from other bulls or possible threats (like tourists getting too close).   The bulls use their antlers to display their strength and health, attracting females and warning other bulls.  He might also bugle.  A bugle is a high pitched call.  A female is only in estrus for 24 hours, so the bull must be ready.  At the end of the rut season, the harems disband.


A scream in the dark

on an early morning’s walk to work

The sun is just rising behind

giving its glow to the big mountain



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