I began to meditate, by slowing my breathing, and concentrating on that single steady breath until I began to fade. My body relaxed and my reeling mind became patient and thoughtful, and for a time, I simply breathed. Soon, I sat still and observant, watching the distant line of trees for any sign of movement. And then after what seemed like an hour, a female elk came trotting out from between two large pine and out in the open of the meadow. We both watched, wide eyed as we looked through our binos, as she grazed upon the tall green grass. She stood powerful and strong and tall, no more than a hundred feet from us. She moved slow and steady as she ate, moving our way. We held our breath and watched for a time, until she heard the call of the songbirds warn of our presence. She changed directions and took off into the forest from where we came.
The next morning, I awoke much too early, as the rocks beneath my back made it impossible to sleep well. I pulled on my field shirt and vest and crept out from the tent, quietly enough to not awaken my fiancé. I walked to the backcountry road and sat in my car to keep warm. Bleary-eyed, I stared mind numbingly out over the campsite and the woods for about ten minutes until it finally happened. A moose.
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Story written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen – Product image © Avedon & Colby.