There’s something about baby animals, they are almost irresistible. Puppies, kittens, bunnies, elklets – OK, I know they are not called “elklets”, but “elk calf” just doesn’t sound cute enough.
I made a trip over to the Boxley Valley this week. The Buffalo National River runs across the valley and its a wonderful place filled with bluffs and water and open meadows between the mountains. Last week I got a chance to see some adolescent elk play, this time I got a chance to see many young calves with their mothers.
The last half of the summer is the time when you can spot these spotted youngsters. Their coats make them almost invisible in the daylight in the woods, their spots mimicking the way that sunlight falls through the trees. The can lie down in the grass and nearly disappear until the movement of their huge bunny ears give them away. Their mothers stay close by, feeding in groups with other cows. Occasionally a calf pops up from the meadow and takes off on colt-like legs.
On this evening I spotted some brown in the grass – it began to move and I saw ears. Click though the gallery below to see the shots of the young calf in order as it looks for it’s mother.
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I remember an old art teacher of mine, apeshitcrazy bitch, hated kids to the bone, no good preposition for a teacher, but she said that the adorability of younglings are due to their big heads and big eyes in comparison to their body. Next picture I drew for another teacher, was a blue monkey with a freakishly big head and big eyes and got an A, the one and only ever in any art class. Seemed to have something to it. I Love your pictures and your continuity is a blessing for someone that always struggles to keep a thought in line. Different pictures but a clear, red line. You have a great eye. But from what I have read and seen so far, I don’t need to tell you 😉
Art teachers can be pretty subjective sometimes. I had one tell me in grade school that I lacked creativity 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, I apologize for taking so long to respond.
No problem. Life gets in the way of the important internet-stuff sometimes 😉
Yeah, I recently remembered why I stopped writing my own stories. Another teacher told me I could not write in fifth grade. That’s it. I stopped writing. Have a nice weekend 😉
Our pasts are littered with those who have underestimated us 🙂
Very true 😉
How adorable. You are totally correct. Elk calf just isn’t a cute enough term. 🙂
They are cute for such a short time, then they become massive or majestic – or both.
Yes, and it looks like you enjoy catching them both ways! 🙂
These are gorgeous! Also stopped by to let you know that Rosie the Riveter has a t-shirt. I saw it on Yahoo news. Here’s the link: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/graphic-t-shirts-hot-styles-slideshow/-photo-2672749-212400934.html
Thanks, and thanks for that link! Good to hear from you!
This captures the essence of a new-born and its dependence on its parent.
Great photos 🙂
Thanks. This one was not one of the youngest ones. Some late season calves were very tiny. It’s neat to see them at this stage.
Elklets. I think that one should stick!
See Spot sit. See Spot search. See Spot looking so sweet! He is a mama’s boy, no doubt. You always share the nicest things!
Thanks Honie excellent summary! I almost went there – I have had a couple of magical runs over to the elk herd lately – the calves are my favorites.
I can see why. Elklets are adorable.
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Elklets sound cute to me also =)
Be still my heart…..adorable!
They are, aren’t they. This is about the only time in their lives when they are really cute.
I won’t tell their mother you said that. 🙂
I have been watching our ridges fawns getting big – still in spots but fading- still hanging close to mama. Our bucks are chummy and keeping in their little bachelor packs – velvet covering the growng antlers – but it won’t be long before all that comes to an end! Wonderful shots, Lorri
Thanks Kathleen, Do you have elk up there? I have noticed our white tail fawns are starting to fade a bit too. Over in Boxley it seems they have several types of groups in the herd – Adolescents mixed, the nursery – lots of moms and calves, the harem – one bull and cows and young (that’s where this pair were), and the bachelors. It’s not at all random. I love the time in velvet, but the rut is the time for great shots.
You know, I have never seen any – but you would kinda assume there would be – I will check on the MO conservation site and see what it says.
Its pouring here again – may float away!
Elket is a great term and somehow fits the captured beauty.
There really needs to be a cuter term than calf – it’s far more delicate than a baby cow. 🙂
I think I enjoy your sequential frame by frame posts the most! These are great photos. Your post made me think about human babies and how they seem to be the most vulnerable of all creatures. In the animal kingdom there are spots and babies can walk and run within hours. Babies are totally dependant for a long, long time.
Thanks, I thought this post really needed the frame-by-frame treatment. I was lucky to get so close. I have thought about that too – I remember seeing a colt born once and marveling at how quickly it stood up. It takes us over a year to do the same – I think it’s our big brains 🙂
top heavy? 😉
So cute! They look like beefier deer, don’t they? More muscular.
Yes – this is an early season calf and he looks pretty robust. I spotted some that were late season that looked and walked more like little fawns. This calf is about half the size of a small adult white tail.