There were so many I couldn't get them all in the picture! I snuck carefully outside and as quietly as possible started snapping pictures. I kept thinking my camera was clicking way too loud.
I really wish I could have shown you a picture of the little deer. It was there, but the picture I took of it turned out too fuzzy. Finally Mountain Man got tired of sitting in the shed and started back to the house. Of course this time they noticed him and took off with their tails waving goodbye.
Our second incident didn't happen until evening when it was too dark to take pictures but still light enough so we could see what was going on. Thankfully there was also a full moon which gave off some light. Mountain Man had gone to the woodshed for some wood for the nights fire then went back out to turn off the generator. With the cloudy days we have been having it's been necessary to charge for about an hour or so in the evening. He wasn't being quiet or anything and didn't notice anything odd until his second trip outside.
Just after he shut off the generator (it's not noisy but still makes a lot of noise when you are used to the quiet) he looked up and received the shock of his life. There only about 125 yards away were what looked like a hundred elk staring at him! Many of them took off running and he felt the ground shaking with the force of it. Some of them took off into the trees but the majority of them stopped at about 300 yards, just beyond the yard site and my line of little fruit trees and started grazing again. From there we could watch them out the window. What a sight! I have never seen so many elk in one place before! We counted well over 40 but lost count as it was too dark further out to make out how many were there. There was one huge black elk which didn't eat at all but rather spent the whole time watching over the rest of them while they grazed. It was amazing to see and we watched them until we couldn't see them anymore. Sigh..... This place is amazing!