Mystery of Elk
“Where Elk Were”, after Choate, 22×28 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 13may08, using choate7 non-toxic palette.
Wapiti are highly intelligent. If you see them in the wild of Idaho in the Summer or the Fall, count yourself lucky. Silence is your friend to find them. Oh you just stepped in some still water, a puddle of the beaver pond. Now they are gone. They were there across the stream pond. Didn’t you see them? Now they are hiding behind trees across the glen. With eyes illuminated by florescent green moss in the deep wood, they see the forest and visitors of the forest through the trees. You do not, so you cannot see them. Mystic sounds, the flute and the grunt. Listen, and you know they are their. Protecting you from the Moose that wants to run over your backside, and from the Wolves that want to clean up the mess that is you. That is right, you can die in the woods, by just stepping in the water. Then again, it may be the stepping in the water, that allows you to live.