One of the things about living in the mountains is you never know what you might see while surveying your back 40 after your first cup of coffee in the morning. Today it was a half-dozen elk grazing on the adjoining property to the east. Never mind that I had a private-land-only elk license that was good for all of December — elk were nowhere to be found then. But they are here now so I had to rush in for the camera and caught a couple photos by zooming and stabilizing my rest on the deck railing. Oh well, it’s not like there’s a meat shortage around here with a steer in the freezer.