Friday, September 26, 2008

Elk Viewing Groundbreaking

Last night I was covering the groundbreaking ceremony for a $12 million elk viewing area that will soon be built. Usually these things are pretty dry. Lets face it, when government officials are given a microphone, they have a hard time shutting up. I was having another migraine attack and wasn't able to drive, so my mother was nice enough to go with. She's also a reporter, so it's not unusual for people to see her at these events.

This one was a bit different, there were too many speeches, of course, but one really cool thing was a Native American from the Seneca Nation was invited to do a blessing ceremony. WOW! Never expected that! The only bad thing is they didn't have him mic'd, so we couldn't really hear what he was saying (and I was in the front row).

After the final speech and dinner, we went to see the elk. (Where the skywatch photo was taken) At this time of the year, they are bugling and absolutely gorgeous! I missed this buck sparring over a cow by only a few minutes. If you've never heard that sound, you really are missing out on a great experience. This was our first time to hear it. It just sends chills up your spine when you hear these huge male animals challenging each other.

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Blogger Eleanor said...

Wonderful photos from another side of the world to mine. That picture of the elk at night is awesome. He is magnificent and intimidating. Thank you for visiting me too.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Reader Wil said...

This is awfully impressive! How is your migraine now? I hope it'll soon be over.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Webradio said...

Hey !

It's too night !
Cute photos...

9:06 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Wow, that elk is huge!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I would have given anything to see that event. What a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed your photos very much. Those migraines can be incredibly debilitating. I hope you feel better now.

10:14 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Great post ! Enjoyed reading...

3:53 PM  
Blogger Tommy said...

nice picture of the elk

5:01 PM  
Blogger Tabib said...

Nice elk pic with white eyes.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Gretchen! Government officials do talk a lot, but never seem to say anything or anything of interest.

The blessing ceremony must have been unbelievable. What a shame that he didn't have a mic. That would have been worth hearing.

Awesome elk picture. Very impressive creature.

I hope the migraine is gone now. A friend in work gets them and sometimes she is hurting for several days. Take care of yourself. Lisa

7:27 AM  
Blogger tikno said...

Many beautiful picture here. Hope you fine.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Janie said...

I love that elk picture. It's amazing!!

11:19 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I hope some day I get to see the wild reintroduced Elk in our area.

For now we have only the moose to be intimidating!

11:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is amazing! I would love to hear what they sound like! You get to experience such cool events, Gretchen!

11:53 PM  

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