Autumn 2020 – Part 54 – Stuck in a Rut – Jasper National Park

October 4, 2020.

Oops. Just one last post………………..

The elk (wapiti) are in the rutting season in Jasper right now. Over the next few weeks, contests between mature bulls will reach a fever pitch as they attempt to win the hearts and minds of the female elk members and gather their harem. In the interim, woe betide anyone or anything that gets in their way. This fine 12 point “Royal” bull may well have been the same one we saw the other day in the standoff with a car, but he could also be a different one. Nonetheless, here he was standing at the corner of the Jasper town access road and Highway 16, waving his antlers in farewell to us. I am sure that is not what he was doing. He likely had much more urgent tasks.

Stuck in a Rut ©

Standing here for everyone to see,

calling all ladies to come to me.

Its true that I attract quite a crowd,

with my high piercing bugles so loud.

You all sit agape in fuming cars,

clicking away, like you’re seeing stars.

Please move along, I need you to leave,

my magic spell I’m about to weave.

For, it’s not cars that I wish to see,

I’m lonely for female company.

Do you think anyone noticed me?
Maybe, if I just keep my head down, they’ll all go away.
Boogie woogie bugle boy of Company E.
Maybe, I’ll call in this direction. Can you hear me now?

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

21 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 54 – Stuck in a Rut – Jasper National Park

    1. That is what I thought, when I was planning my posts. The bull elk was pretty much the last thing we saw as we drove out of Jasper town. Kind of fitting as we have been seeing elk in that spot for over 40 years. Stay well and Happy New Year. Allan

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    1. Thanks for reading guys. Hmmm, my poetry may be closer to the old saying…”you’re a poet and you don’t even know it”. I am sure he has been hanging around Jasper for a bit. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and have a Happy New Year. See you around town. Allan


    1. Thanks Aiva. Thank you so much for your kind good wishes. We are having a Skype neighbourhood New Years tonight. I hear Ireland is back in lockdown tonight, so hope you can celebrate safely and enjoy this New Years Eve. Wishing you health, hope and happiness in 2021. Allan

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