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A Handsome Dude


"Slow down," shouted me, leaning out the passenger door window. "Elk!"

The Husband obliged. Click, click.

"There are buffalo, too," I exclaimed. The Husband took me for my word. His cataracts don't let him see the details in the far distance. The animals were probably a city block or so away. Of course, we weren't in a city, but on the back road behind Mt. Hamilton, in San Jose, on the way to Patterson, a Central Valley town next to Interstate 5. 

That was last month on one of my birthday adventures in Sedgwick, the rental car. Today I enlarged and sharpened and did Photoshop voodoo on the digital shots until I got good enough photos.

The buffalo were cattle. So much for my eyes.

The other creature certainly was a gorgeous young elk buck. He looked as if he was posing for me. A tourist with her dagnabbit camera. Click, click.

The dude was a tule elk, which supposedly is found only in the grassy and marshy areas of California. I read that the elk roaming where we drove through are descendants of 65 tule elk that were released on a ranch owned by the Misters Hewlett & Packard over 35 years ago. I wonder if that handsome creature who locked eyes with my camera is computer savvy.
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  1. He is a handsome dude. Great shots.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting Comedy Plus. ♥

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  2. An impressive dude. I saw the red blood moon like that, click click and zoom! My eyes fail me.

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    1. At least we keep pointing those cameras. Way to go, Colleen!

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  3. I'd've been amazed if you had seen buffalo in CA. Cool that you did see an elk.

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    1. When I lived in San Francisco, there were a few buffalo residing in Golden Gate Park. I wonder if there still are.

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  4. Are elks the ones with that loud high pitched whine? I don't mean fermented grape, but who am I to judge. Can you imagine dealing with drunken elk stumbling down the road though. The deer on this street act more like meth heads and I'm not sure which is worse.
    I didn't really know him but I miss Sedgwick.
    Am just figuring out the best way to find a new PhotoShop Elements match is by trying all the free trials, but spent the whole summer with only the Photos program that came with the computer.

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    1. Once the Husband and I stumbled down the street to drink a martini at a bar with Elk in its name. That was a great Christmas Even afternoon. Someone had bought a drink for everyone in the bar where we had been. What was your question? I don't know know how elks sound.
      The PhotoShop program I use is 8 years old. That's how old SweetPeaSong, my computer, is. Knock on wood she lives another year.

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    2. Meryl, my laptop, is about that old. I had to let PhotoShops go after I could no longer get them for free or at a substantial discount but Elements sprung a leak some months back and now I'm dancing through every free version. Did you end up at an Elks lodge as in the Benevolent Order of the?

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  5. The elk is certainly very handsome, I love the second shot :) If you pop over to my blog you'll see some lovely young seals on my last post :)

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    1. Thanks, Eunice. I wonder if the right side is his best side.

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  6. Ha ha I have exactly the same conversations with my husband! You did well as usually between the 'never work with animals' and a husband at the wheel, you never get such good photos - that's one ell of an elk !
    Wren x

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    1. I'm very thankful he didn't turn his backside to me. Come to think of it this is the first time I have photos of elk not showing me their backside.

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  7. An easy mistake from a distance. It has me wondering if cattle given the same freedom as the elk would one day evolve into creatures more resembling the regal buffalo.

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  8. Oh! how lovely - we never see them here in Australia

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    1. Now you've got me thinking what a cute story that would be -- a tule elk sightseeing in Australia.

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  9. He is indeed handsome! I've never seen an elk in person! Love the photos, BTW.

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  10. A very dignified looking elk!

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  11. Wonderful photos of the handsome elk ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Fabulous shot! I'm glad he slowed down.

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    1. Thanks, Lois. Me, too -- the Husband and the elk.

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  13. he looks majestic! I would be tempted to strap him to some sleigh:)

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  14. So handsome! And he knows it. If he is computer literate, I wish he’d come here and tell me why I suddenly can’t link to a couple of my favorite memey things.

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  15. Handsome, indeed. The other day, at 7.30 in the morning, we were driving along and somebody coming the other way was flashing his brights. Hmmmm. What could this mean? As it turns out, about a dozen elk were crossing the road - thank goodness we had some warning!

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