Tule Elk at Tomales Point

First, I wanted to acknowledge and thank everyone for your incredible outpouring of kindness after my recent post. We feel so lucky, and so loved – and it helps me accept that everything will work out. And now for something completely different:

Pt. Reyes, California: site of geologic marvels and earth movements under the San Andreas Fault; beautiful Tomales Bay – paradise for swimmers, kayakers, and wildlife; and beaches and cliffs where you can watch whales.

But what of the haunting bugle of the Tule elk, emerging from the fog during their mating season like I imagine the ancient and now-extinct Irish elk? Passing the old ranch at the trailhead to Tomales Point, B. and I encountered hundreds of these magnificent beasts one (eventually) sunny day not long ago. Falcons soared the air currents, dodging  a raven somersaulting around a murder of crows. In Norse mythology, the pair of ravens Huginn and Muninn fly around the world (Midgard), bringing knowledge to the god Odin. I wondered what information they’d bring to us, as we stood in a chill wind, mossy and lichen-covered stones on a cliff overlooking the whale-filled, churning sea.


About thislittleplot

Writer, hiker, loafer
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6 Responses to Tule Elk at Tomales Point

  1. Janet says:

    Just caught up on all your posts. You are so beautiful!

  2. Utherben says:

    Thank you for sharing this timeless moment: the elks emerging from mist, the falcons and corvids soaring overhead. Wonderful stuff. I’m so glad you’re blogging!

  3. Tom Mings says:

    those words do conjure up memories of old times and places west of here ..thankyou cuz!

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