Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas elk in the badlands

 Every Monday we welcome our daughter Kirsti to blog from her home in Western North Dakota's oil patch.

The weather was unseasonably warm last week. Snow melted and all sorts of creatures found their way outdoors to the sunshine. We took walks, hung Christmas lights and generally marveled at the fair weather.

We found we weren't they only one excited about the change in the weather pattern. Wildlife of every shape and size were roaming our beautiful badlands.  Take these elk, for example.

Elk herds usually consist of one sex, male or female. Life is safer when you're in a group.  It's interesting to see what I think are both male and female elk in this herd. (I'm of course not an expert and could be wrong.)
These majestic beasts remind me of their famous cousins, Santa Claus's reindeer.
They feel like another sign of Christmas. It's a treat to view them.
They're foraging and filling their bellies while the weather remains fair. The long, cold winter will likely be back in a few days time. Best to eat up while you're able.
I don't see any red noses or reindeer games taking place. I suppose they leave that up to their fictional friends from the north pole.
Ho! Ho! Ho! 

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