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Hidden Elk | by ifringe (david)
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Hidden Elk

The wind barely has enough life in it to gently rustle the brush, but that's OK. It has been a long day, and the afternoon grows late, meaning it is almost time for the wind to be done for the day. It is still wintertime, too, and although the sun is providing a most wonderful afternoon, the night will be cold, and one is best bundled up. That, of course, includes the wind. With a last half-hearted gesture, the wind puffed once, and then packed it in for the evening.


The sun wasn't ready to give up the day just yet, though, and continued its slow journey to the horizon, bringing the most wonderful hues of gold everywhere.


The sun wasn't the only one out enjoying the afternoon, either. This hidden elk was quite at peace in the golden field; she was still as all can be, not moving an inch, but yet… there was this complete sense of serenity. She was well hidden, and knew it, and was safe, comfortable and very much enjoying the last of the day.


With a gentle click the camera's shutter closed, and the hidden elk was left to enjoy the rest of her golden afternoon.

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Taken on January 23, 2011