When you see an elk, do you run TO or FROM it…

Fear is a strange thing. Sometimes the adrenaline can motivate you to do things you never thought possible. A few people thrive on it. Others freeze up and feel paralyzed. If you know Roda at all, when it comes to animals whether on the farm or wild and free in nature, she will generally embrace it. What’s that motto she says all the time… “Be Still”

Yesterday our fun traveler stumbled upon a wild elk in the Arctic Circle. I still don’t believe she’s in the Midwest, so for the remainder of the week, I’m going to act as if she’s near the North Pole given there’s snow in the background. She found an elk! Who does that? And she got close enough to take photos of it. Do you see those antlers? How would you have reacted? Run TO or FROM it?


I asked myself that question but decided I’ll be brave today. For me, it wouldn’t be an elk, it would be Roda’s bee farm (is that what you call it?)… for weeks, all she kept telling me is “I have to paint another hive.” Seriously… how many hives do you need? Those bees are demanding! I was once stung in the eye as a child while playing on my slide. A neighbor’s blackberry tree branches were within a few inches of the top portion of the ladder. The bee decided I had invaded its territory and wanted revenge, so my eye suffered. Years later, my dog, Ryder, chased a bee on the terrace and felt the wrath of the tiny little creature.

I don’t blame an animal for relying on its instinct to protect and defend. But if that were a bee hive I stumbled upon, I would definitely run FROM it. And so… every time my dear Big Sis tells me to visit the farm and put on a bee suit, I die a little inside. Maybe I can convince her to swap the bee for this elk, and I might actually not need to use my own instinct to protect and defend… ‘cuz I can be mean and scary if I need to be!

I’ve rattled on enough today. And tomorrow, I will give you all a break as I remember something about Roda pre-posting for a special occasion… REMINDER!  GrowingSelf will celebrate the beauty of fashion and nature!  You won’t want to miss the June addition of When Fashion and Nature Collide on Wednesday, June 20th!


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20 thoughts on “When you see an elk, do you run TO or FROM it…

  1. I would have run away from them all, the elk and the bee hives. But that’s just me. Having said that…please keep going towards them because I need to see them up close through your images. 😛 Thanks for sharing your experiences so I can enjoy them from the comfort of my laptop.

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  2. I will live vicariously through Roda because I would run away from them. When I was younger a bee stung me behind my ear and all I was doing was walking down the road with my mom. Apparently it felt threatened although I have no clue what I did to threaten it.

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  3. If I were in a bee suit I wouldn’t run, but without the suit, hmm, I’d tiptoe on the fringes. As for the elk, I’d probably get myself killed trying to get as close as possible. It’s such a gorgeous creature, and for some reason, my brain has made up that they’re peaceful and wouldn’t harm me. That’s based on no science. I crossed paths with a raccoon and felt paralyzed with fear, so there’s no method to the madness.

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  4. Hahah Jay we saw elks in the Rocky Mountains last year too and the were running from us (no way to come close). Now I would say try to come close to chipmunks instead of bees but they are known to bite too!

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  5. I cannot wait to see you in a bee suit! You have to meet Thelma and Louise 😊 So happy she was able to capture a big critter through her lens. She has to be thrilled, she has bees, so I have to say she is fearless 💟 Very excited about the June issue tomorrow. 😘

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