A Bit of Soul Baring – Hunting Adventures

You never know what you’re going to find out in the woods, or see. Hunting is no exception. Here’s my story in pictures. I didn’t get the elk or bear meat I was after, but I got something greater. A glimpse of the vast beauty of our created world.

You never know what you're going to come across in the woods.

You never know what you’re going to come across in the woods.

An unusual arrangement of fungi . . .

An unusual arrangement of fungi . . .

Last night's snow . . .

Last night’s snow . . .

Or a bear crossing your track within ten minutes of you.

Or a bear crossing your track within ten minutes of you.

This morning heavy mist rose from the ground . . .

This morning heavy mist rose from the ground . . .

We came to a stream . . .

We came to a stream . . .

Where I admired frosted leaves . . .

Where I admired frosted leaves . . .

Clear water in the sun . . .

Clear water in the sun . . .

A frost-riven rock . . .

A frost-riven rock . . .

Minute,delicate fungi . . .

Minute,delicate fungi . . .

A forest giant . . .

A forest giant . . .

And at last, elk tracks!

And at last, elk tracks!

I followed the elk tracks 3/4 mile to private property, and on the way found . . .

I followed the elk tracks 3/4 mile to private property, and on the way found . . .

Other fantastic creatures.

Other fantastic creatures.

An elk rub bolstered my spirits after an uphill hike.

An elk rub bolstered my spirits after an uphill hike.

I wandered and rested until evening, marveling at this fallen giant . . . with my rifle for perspective.

I wandered and rested until evening, marveling at this fallen giant . . . with my rifle for perspective.

Over a hundred feet tall, now long.

Over a hundred feet tall, now long.

The intricacies of life we seldom think of, yet so important.

The intricacies of life we seldom think of, yet so important.

Evening fell, with no elk or bear, but a great sense of God's goodness and beauty. The hunt was worth it all.

Evening fell, with no elk or bear, but a great sense of God’s goodness and beauty. 

The hunt was worth it all.

The hunt was worth it all.

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