Peeking at Peaking Aspen October 5, 2021Ranch Leave a comment One of zillions of deer gamboling about.A group of deer are in the Aspen, another group is ahead of us. Nora’s predatory strategy is to ignore them.The severe drought left this stand of Aspen desiccated. Aspen border the forest along an entire ridge, and the 1/2 mile stretch is tonight’s sunset hike.These dwarf Aspen are the low end.A panorama; the pine tree from the prior image gives some scale. This is just the lower stretch of twisty dwarfs.Over the edge of the Aspen glen is this good old Ent.The ladies stick together.Elizabeth leads the way through.The bear has been through…Back at the top.The sun is heading over the ridge.Twilight is Elk hour, and a few fields down from the house we see this familiar Bull Elk near a group of deer and a cow.Unzoomed. Even this far away he knows I’m looking at him and heads to cross the road and into the forest and cliffs.I speed up to cut him off, and tell E to be ready with the camera as we head into a blind corner: he erupts from below just as we round the bend, then wheels and leaps back the way he came- clearing the fence and landing at a run.Here he is speeding along with all feet off the ground, and his rack held steady.Unzoomed. He got this far away in the time it took E to line up the camera from the last shot.He keeps an eye on us as we head back up the valley.